Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla to Lead "G2B Army Color Fun Run" on September 1

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla to Lead "G2B Army Color Fun Run" on September 1

Philippine showbiz’s teen queen and king “Got To Believe” stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were voted ‘Hottest Filipino Stars Under 20′ for 2013 in an online poll conducted by popular entertainment blog Starmometer, which was participated by thousands of netizens.

Kathryn clinched the top spot with a total of 203,736 votes, followed by his love team partner Daniel who earned 148,415. Incidentally, Kathryn and Daniel ranked 1 and 2, respectively, in the same online poll in 2011.

Meanwhile, the most romantic and highly anticipated Primetime Bida series of ABS-CBN “Got To Believe” I set to premiere this Monday (August 26). The Cathy Garcia-Molina-directed TV masterpiece will air nightly after “Juan dela Cruz.”

As a momentous treat to everyone who have been clamoring for KathNiel love team’s TV comeback, “Got To Believe” recently launched its special project: ‘G2B Army Color Fun Run.’ Due to bad weather, the run was rescheduled from August 25 to September 1 (Sunday). It will still take place at Aseana Business Park in Paranaque City. Assembly time is 7am.

The G2B Army is composed of thousands of Filipinos–young and young-at-hearts–who believe in the group’s main objective that is to create positive change to the country.

Only those with official race kits are allowed to take part in the”G2B Army Color Fun Run.”

Never miss the beginning of the magical journey of love in “Got To Believe,” this Monday, after “Juan dela Cruz” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

For more exclusive updates, photos, or videos, log on to and visit the show’s official social media accounts at, and

Andi Eigenmann and JM de Guzman's Horror Movie "Pridyider" Airs Sunday on Cinema One

Andi Eigenmann and JM de Guzman's Horror Movie "Pridyider" Airs Sunday on Cinema One

A promising young man JM de Guzman steps in to help Andi Eigenmann in a story of the horrific and terrifying events from the past that have caught up with her present, as they star in “Pridyider”, which airs on Cinema One on Sunday (August 25).

“Pridyider” tells the story of Tina (Andi Eigenmann), a girl who is sent to the U.S. to live with her aunt because something happened to her parents - an incident that has never been explained to her. Hoping for a new start, she returns to her homeland and back into her family’s old house. There, she finds a companion in a young man named James (JM de Guzman), her childhood friend.

Days pass and Tina begins to notice strange occurrences, particularly in the kitchen. There, an antique refrigerator stands. Tina soon discovers that the appliance is haunted, dangerous, and hungry for human blood. When all efforts to remove the refrigerator fail, she is forced to dig into her own forgotten past to find a way to rid her household of all its evils.

Along with Andi Eigenmann and JM de Guzman, “Pridyider” also stars Janice de Belen, Joel Torre, Venus Raj and Baron Geisler.

Catch the creepy “Pridyider” as it airs on Sunday (August 25) at 8:00 p.m. on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of the country’s number one cable channel, Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56). For updates about the program schedule, follow @cinema_one on Twitter and like its official Facebook page

"Wish Upon A Star" Premieres August 26 on ABS-CBN; Vice Ganda's Song "Manhid Ka" Features as OST

"Wish Upon A Star" Premieres August 26 on ABS-CBN; Vice Ganda's Song "Manhid Ka" Features as OST

Let your eyes sparkle and your smiles shine with love every weekday morning as ABS-CBN premieres the romantic love story between bubbly Ruby Red and snobbish lawyer Atty. Kevin this Monday (August 26) in the newest Koreanovela “Wish Upon A Star” on ABS-CBN.

Meet Ruby Red, a hopeless romantic girl who will do everything she can for her ultimate crush, Atty. Kevin. For five years, she will devote her time following him around and desperately doing every trick in the book just to grab his attention.

But Ruby Red will quickly rearrange her priorities when her parents suddenly die in an accident. From being a big sister, she will instantly become a mother to her five younger siblings.

She then works as a maid at Atty. Kevin’s house and secretly hides her little brothers and sisters down the basement. Ruby Red will desperately cover up for her siblings each and every time Atty. Kevin is around and at the same time will strive hard to hit his soft spot.

How long can Ruby Red keep it a secret? How will she act around her ultimate crush? Can make it to Atty. Kevin’s stone-cold heart?

Vice Ganda gives life to Ruby Red and Kevin’s love story via his single “Manhid Ka” that serves as the show’s theme song.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Wish Upon A Star” this Monday (Aug 26), 10 AM, only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. For more updates, follow @Kapamilanovela on Twitter or like the official Kapamilyanovela Facebook page at

Weekdays TV Ratings August 11 to 17: "Be Careful With My Heart" Hits Its Lowest TV Rating

Weekdays TV Ratings August 11 to 17: "Be Careful With My Heart" Hits Its Lowest TV Rating

For the first time since it dominate Philippine TV's daily morning competition on its time slot, “Be Careful With My Heart” registered a single digit rating of 9.9% for the the time frame August 11 to 17 making its closest rival “Eat Bulaga!” widens its lead in Mega Manila according to Kantar Media.

Here are the Top 10 Weekday Daytime Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

Weeknights TV Ratings August 11 to 17: Six out of Top 10 Programs Belong to GMA-7

Weeknights TV Ratings August 11 to 17: Six out of Top 10 Programs Belong to GMA-7

Among the programs in the Top 10 for the period of August 11 to 17 belongs to the Kapuso Network.

The “Anna Karenina” remake starring Joyce Ching, Krystal Reyes and Barbie Forteza is still the most-watched primetime program in Mega Manila according to Kantar Media with an average rating of 16.8%. Following closely at no. 2 is “24 Oras” with 16%.

“Mundo Mo’y Akin” dropped another notch to no. 3 this period with an average rating of 15.9%.

“My Husband’s Lover” (14.2%) bested rival program “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” (12.0%).

Here are the Top 10 Weekday Primetime programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

Weekends TV Ratings August 11 to 17: "Magpakailanman" Tops Ratings, "The Voice PH" Fails to Enter Top 10

Weekends TV Ratings August 11 to 17: "Magpakailanman" Tops Ratings, "The Voice PH" Fails to Enter Top 10

GMA-7's Saturday night drama anthology “Magpakailanman” is still the most-watched weekend program in Mega Manila for the period August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media. “The Voice of The Philippines,” meanwhile, failed to make it to the Top 10.

Weekend is now dominated by GMA-7 in Mega Manila with 7 programs in the Top 10. TV5′s coverage of FIBA Asia 2013 enters the list at no. 5 with an average rating of 14%.

“Celebrity Buff” took the no. 2 slot from “The Voice of the Philippines” with a rating of 16%. The Kapamilya singing competition which previously at no. 2 is no longer in the Top 10.

Here are the Top 10 Weekend Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

The Voice of the Philippines Live Shows Begins Sunday; Voting and Elimination Systems Revealed

The Voice of the Philippines Live Shows Begins Sunday;  Voting and Elimination Systems Revealed

The Top 24 artists of 'The Voice of the Philippines' from (clockwise from top-left) Team Apl, Team Bamboo, Team Sarah and Team Lea.

By the end of the first live episode of "The Voice of the Philippines," four artists will have already been eliminated.

The ABS-CBN reality talent search will field the first batch of competitors for its live shows on August 25, before some 1,500 audience members at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

Each of the four coaches - Broadway diva Lea Salonga, Popstar Sarah Geronimo, The Black Eyed Peas' Allan "" Pineda and rock icon Bamboo Mañalac - will have three artists battling it out, for a total of 12 performances on Sunday.

Representing "Kamp Kawayan" in the first Live Shows episode are music graduate Myk Perez, 22, from Palawan; college student Talia Reyes, 21, from Quezon City; and professional singer Lee Grane, 28, from Makati.

Sarah will be fielding housewife Eva delos Santos, 51, from Cebu; theater actress Morissette Amon, 16, from Quezon City; and composer Junji Aranas, 36, from Makati.

Taking the stage for Team Lea are ex-Kulay member Radha Tinsay, 36, from Paranaque; freelance singer RJ dela Fuente, 27, from California; and indie music producer Darryl Shy 44, from Baguio.

Team Apl, meanwhile, will be represented by sidewalk vendor Cora dela Cruz, 27, from Cavite; student Jessica Reynoso, 16, from Laguna; and voice coach Thor Dulay, 32, from Davao del Norte.

Each of the 12 competing artists on Sunday, as in the international format of "The Voice," will be peforming songs selected for them by their respective coaches.

In a first on the Philippine television, voting for the artists will be done within the program's airing timeslot, with results announced by the end of the show.

After the performances of all three artists from a given team, viewers will be allowed to vote for around 10 minutes during the commercial break immediately following that round. The window for voting closes when the show resumes.

The same will apply for the remaining teams.

The artist who garners the highest number of votes from each team will be the first to be saved from eliminations. The coach will then have to choose who to save between the two remaining artists on his/her team.

The elimination for all four teams will be done at the end of the show.

According to the program's AdProm Head, MJ Felipe, viewers will be able to vote through text, E-pins, and online.

The full mechanics for voting will also be announced during the program. A voting window for Filipinos overseas, according to Felipe, will likewise be announced.

Ahead of the Live Shows, "The Voice of the Philippines" on Saturday will be airing the "Life Shows," which will feature the competing artists' life stories and special performances.

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards Engagement Announced

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards Engagement Announced

One Direction's Zayn Malik happily announced on Twitter his engagement last week to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

"Never been more happy in my life ! Thank you to everyone that has been so lovely about my engagement to my beautiful fiancé ! Big love z X." he wrote.

But while the couple is over the moon about their new relationship status, they insisted that worrying about planning the nuptials is still far from reality.

"No plans yet! There's not much to say... we are engaged, really happy." Malik told Today hosts Samathan Guthrie and Matt Lauer.

The couple first got together in December 2011 after meeting on the set of The X Factor when former contestants One Direction paid a visit to the new crop of singers.

The Well-Loved Musical Theater Romance of Karylle Tatlonghari and Christian Bautista Returns in "Cinderella"

The Well-Loved Musical Theater Romance of Karylle Tatlonghari and Christian Bautista Returns in "Cinderella"

They started off as childhood friends in Kitchen Musical. She had enrolled and graduated from a posh culinary school in Paris and decided to work at her father’s famous restaurant, where she found him working as a dancing and singing sous chef.

Things got a bit more complicated after that. In Rama Hari, they found themselves crossing paths again when she, as his submissive wife, was abducted by an evil king. Eventually, they grew even closer when he reclaimed her freedom and eventually the kingdom.

Nowadays, she simply tends to the house, sweeping dust off the cinder, while answering to her stepsisters’ and stepmother’s every whim. He, on the other hand, is a prince who has developed a strange habit of dressing as a commoner hoping to find his one true love.

And when these two finally meet again, the encounter will certainly be nothing short of magical!

With Karylle Tatlonghari and Christian Bautista having already worked together on a number of theater and TV productions, the two matinee idols have inevitably formulated an explosive chemistry that makes sparks fly every time they perform together.

Playing alongside each other since 2011’s Kitchen Musical TV series and 2012’s Rama Hari, Karylle and Christian reunite once again this 2013 for Resorts World Manila’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starting October 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Karylle and I are set to re-discover ourselves here in Cinderella, despite having worked together for so long,” beamed Christian who will be playing Prince Christopher in the musical.

It’s always a good support system whenever you’re around people in theater,” offered Karylle who plays the lead role. “With the long hours we work together, the bond becomes even stronger especially with such familiar faces as Christian’s,” she added.

Though just a few months into rehearsals, the palpable chemistry between the two has been reportedly evident as both have manifested their excitement in playing their respective roles for Resorts World Manila’s fourth theater offering.

I really expressed my interest for the role,” confessed Christian. “I like being a part of Resorts World Manila productions as I admire their consistency in delivering such large-scale productions such as this one,” he added.

For Karylle, playing the part of Cinderella is sort of a dream come true. “Anyone can be a princess in her own way. But the positive message we want to relay with this Cinderella is that everyone is beautiful inside, and we should learn to embrace that. We should be open to the fact that everything is in fact possible,” she said.

For the production, Karylle and Christian will be joined by a roster of seasoned thespians and a few up-and-coming theater stars who will all pitch in for what promises to be a magical telling of a beloved and timeless classic.

At the helm is veteran stage actor/director Michael Williams, while supporting the leads are no less than the First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Pinky Marquez, Sweet Plantado, Singapore-based theater star Julia Abueva, and rising stage actors Justine Peña and Fred Lo, among others.

In our continuing advocacy to promote the Filipino talent and performing arts culture in the country, Resorts World Manila is again proud to present our fourth major production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” said RWM’s Chief Entertainment Officer Colin Kerr. “Resorts World Manila promises to wow audiences anew with this unique take on a beloved classic. With its large-scale sets, superb musical score by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, and of course an all-Filipino cast of stage greats acclaimed both here and abroad, Cinderella is another surefire triumph in the making,” Kerr added.

And anchoring on Karylle and Christian’s chemistry, their reunion in Cinderella will definitely be a magical experience every theater fan should witness.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opens on October 9, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. 

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Action Thriller Movie “2 Guns” Composed of A-List Hollywood Stars

Action Thriller Movie “2 Guns” Composed of A-List Hollywood Stars

Starring alongside Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in Columbia Pictures' new action thriller “2 Guns” are four A-list actors with impressive credentials - Paula Patton (“Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol”), Bill Paxton (HBO's “Big Love”), James Marsden (the “X-Men” series) and Edward James Olmos (TV's “Battlestar Galactica”).

In the film, two operatives – Bobby Trench (Washington) and Michael “Stig” Stigman (Wahlberg) from competing bureaus are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unexpected partnership: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) reteams directs “2 Guns” from a screenplay that is written by Blake Masters (TV's “Brotherhood”) and based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant.

Paula Patton (who reunites with Washington for the first time since the 2006 sci-fi thriller, “Déjà Vu”) stars as Agent Deb Rees, Bobby’s handler at the DEA who further blurs the lines between on- and off-duty. Deb is torn between her feelings for Bobby and her desire to do right by herself. “I’ve always had a theory that the line between a crook and a good guy is a very fine one,” shares Patton. “Still, it’s challenging to work undercover and to pretend to be a crook. What is so great about `2 Guns' is that it’s rough, rugged, shoot-’em-up action with a bit of romance. But, more importantly, it also has a sense of humor about itself.”

Bill Paxton plays Earl, a honey-tongued CIA asset who is even tougher than the men he takes down. Earl is fond of preaching to his victims, meting out punishment to the “guilty, ignorant or unlucky” as he deems fit. “When I read the script, I was struck with its central theme of honor,” explais Paxton. “I liked the idea of all these supposedly honorable men who are loyal to these supposedly honorable organizations, but at the end of the day the only two men in the movie who have true honor are Bobby and Stig - because they're honorable to each other.”

James Marsden plays Lt. Cmdr. Quince, Stig’s point man in naval intelligence and permanent thorn in his side. Stig considers Quince above suspicion, but Quince might not be the straight arrow he appears. Because Quince holds Stig’s future over his head, the undercover agent bristles whenever his superior is around. Marsden explains their dynamic: “They joined the Navy around the same time, but my character shot up the ranks through the academy, aced every test. He’s a bit of a sociopath and very into his power; he’s the puppet master, the intellectual behind the plot. Quince has got his muscle behind him, but there are times when he gets his guns out and isn’t afraid to get his uniform dirty.”

Edward James Olmos stars as Papi Greco, an underworld drug warlord who is out to make Bobby and Stig regret the day they set foot on his ranch. “It’s a very well-written action-comedy between two ‘buddies’ that connects with the public,” notes Olmos. “What drew me to the story is the humoristic, but very honest, look at the contributions of different parts of the American government in the actual drug situation.”

Opening across the Philippines on September 18, “2 Guns” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Sarah Geronimo vs. Georcelle Dapat Sy of G-Force Dance Showdown Video

Sarah Geronimo vs. Georcelle Dapat Sy of G-Force Dance Showdown Video

This is one video of Sarah Geronimo you shouldn't miss. She dared compete with the famous Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy of G-Force.

The Popstar can now also be called the Dance Empress! Galing lang ng moves.

Video: Viva Ent on YouTube

CineFilipino Film Festival 2013 Movie Entries; Gala Week Scheduled on September 18-24

CineFilipino Film Festival 2013 Movie Entries; Gala Week Scheduled on September 18-24 

CineFilipino, an independent film festival spearheaded by PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 and Unitel Entertainment, will have its gala week on September 18-24, 2013. It will showcase 8 feature-length films and 10 short films.

The public may be able to watch the CineFilipino feature presentations during its week-long run at the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Gateway Cineplex. Festival entries will also be shown at the cinemas of Shangri-la Plaza on September 21-22 weekend.

The feature films competing for awards including Audience Choice and Best Acting Ensemble are:

PUTI (ACHROMATOPSIA) by Miguel 'Mike' Alcazaren follows the story of a counterfeit painter who figures in a freak car accident that rendered him color blind. While recuperating, he starts seeing strange images.

MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN by Renato 'Ato' Bautista, Jr. is a coming-of-age love story about a young man’s first encounter with love, romance, and heartbreak, told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories that began on one rainy night.

THE GUERILLA IS A POET by Sari Raissa Dalena and Kiri Dalena weaves an intricate tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet.

ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo tells the story of a 12-year old Anita who falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.

THE MUSES by Janice Perez is a story of sibling rivalry in the music business where two sisters find the hidden truths about fame, family and their own selves.

ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI by Ramon 'Mes' De Guzman tells the story of a healer named Mabuti, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively.  Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money.

ANG TURKEY MAN AY PABO RIN by Randolph Longjas is a cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino-American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side.

BINGOLERAS by Byron 'Ron' Bryant is a comedy about six single women, whose lives intersect when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the barangay fiesta, turning expectations and relationships upside down and inside out.

KakaoTalk Dominates PH App Store and Google Play

KakaoTalk Dominates PH App Store and Google Play

KakaoTalk, the newest mobile messaging application to reach the country, is now the number one free social networking application in the Philippine iOS App Store and the number one free communications application in Google Play. The mobile application saw a surge of downloads over the past couple of weeks, taking the No. 1 spot in Communications category of Google Play on the 18th, following its matched success in the App Store where it rose to become the No. 1 Social Networking application on August 7th, the same day of its official launch.


The impressive results are backed by Kakao’s aggressive localization efforts, in addition to the messenger’s fun and unique features. On August 7th, Kakao launched a TV and radio ad of KakaoTalk featuring K-pop superstars, Big Bang and Philippines’ pop princess, Sarah Geronimo. These two stars are also featured on KakaoTalk’s Plus Friend channel, a fun interactive advertisement platform where users can add Sarah and BigBang’s official accounts to their Friends’ list to receive latest updates and content including pictures and videos on them. Kakao plans to partner with more celebrities and companies in the Philippines to offer Filipino users content that is locally relevant. 


Kakao has also been offering free BigBang and Sarah Geronimo animated emoticons and stickers for those who download the application, so that they can get a taste of the fun and expressive communication that stickers offer. In addition, Filipino KakaoTalk users can get a chance to win exclusive KakaoFriends dolls by chatting with ‘Event KakaoTalk’ until August 25. 

We are overwhelmed by the support of the Filipino users. We are very optimistic that our application will keep growing and we are determined to become an integral part of the local ecosystem and how Filipinos interact,” shares Jang. “We are working on creating localized stickers and content that are more appealing and relatable to Filipino users.”

Jang adds, “Apart from offering free messages and calls, KakaoTalk has more fun features that we have yet to introduce to Filipinos. By listening to our users, we can customize the application’s features based on their wants and needs. We look forward to launching them here in the future.”

About Kakao Corp

Kakao Corporation is the developer of KakaoTalk, a mobile messaging application and global mobile social platform based in South Korea. Established in 2006, Kakao has solidified its position as the leader in the global mobile platform industry, expanding its services beyond messaging to mobile platform encompassing games, digital contents, marketing, commerce and more. Kakao’s mission is to build a mobile ecosystem at the global scale, offering win-win solutions for third-party partners. For more information, visit

About KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk is a free mobile messenger app with more than 100 million users from 230 countries that allow users to send and receive unlimited calls and texts anywhere around the world. Its main features include group chat with unlimited number of friends, free group calls, coupons, games, and digital items (animated emoticons, themes). Available in 13 different languages, KakaoTalk is a cross-platform messenger that supports Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows OS and Bada.

ABS-CBN Probes Anew on “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino”

ABS-CBN Probes Anew on “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino” 

ABS-CBN revisits the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. via a documentary “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino” airing this Sunday (August 25).

Narrated by the veteran actor Jaime Fabregas, the documentary presents a painstaking research including review of court documents and testimonies of witnesses, analysis on the evidences, and interviews.

Among the interviewees are Atty. Mario Bautista, lawyer of one of the accused in the case, forensic expert Raquel Fortun and former chief of Metrocom Intelligence Group Col. Octavio Alvarez.

It also seeks to sustain the historical significance of Aquino’s assassination as it recedes from memory of the many, specially the youth, nowadays.

Thirty years ago, on August 21, 1983, Ninoy, was allegedly shot by Rolando Galman and killed at Manila International Airport. The tragedy sparked to series of events and protests including the historic EDSA People Power Revolution, which ended former President Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

Though the assigned fact-finding commission concluded that the crime was carried out by a military conspiracy, and several people had convicted and jailed, the tragedy remains a mystery as doubts and speculations still exist until now.

Atty. Bautista questioned how did Galman manage to get his gun through airport security. “It was a .357 revolver. If you are an assassin, you’ll never use a huge type of gun,” Bautista insisted.

Aside from the gunshot, another set of questions arose as the autopsy showed a contusion in Ninoy’s skull. “I don’t know whether he was beaten or his head was hit by a blunt object,” Fortun said.

Who really killed or ordered to kill Ninoy? Who had the motive and power to do it? How did the crime happen despite a tight security?

Don’t miss “Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino” this Sunday (Agosto 25), after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.

Friday, August 23, 2013

TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan Leads Tulong Kapatid Relief Operations

TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan Leads Tulong Kapatid Relief Operations

TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan leads the relief operations of Tulong Kapatid, the disaster response partnership platform of the MVP Group of Companies, held recently at Brgy. Poblacion, Mandaluyong City, and Brgy. Ususan in Taguig City.

Over 500 relief bags containing rice, canned goods and toiletries as well as cooked meals and water were distributed to Typhoon Maring and Habagat-affected families. Present also to help in the re-packing and distribution of goods are TV5 President and CEO Mr. Noel Lorenzana and Kapatid stars Gerard Sison, Misibis Bay lead star Ritz Azul, and Daniel Matsunaga.

During the second day of relief operations, MVP together with Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes and the San Beda Red Lions, distributed relief goods to 510 families in Baseco, Manila.

Tulong Kapatid members TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, ONE MERALCO Foundation and Maynilad have also donated goods and called for more volunteers to join the group in their succeeding relief operations in Pampanga, Bulacan, and Bataan.

The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center located at the MERALCO compound in Ortigas Avenue is still serving as the collection point for any kind of relief donations. In-kind donations may also be dropped off at Alagang Kapatid Foundation warehouse located at 730 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. Cash/cheque donations may also be may be deposited to the following accounts:

Banco De Oro – BDO Makati Ave- Ayala Branch
Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

(PESO) PHP Account No.: 00- 5310-41016-4
(DOLLAR) USD Account No.: 10-5310-46264-4

Bank of the Philippine Islands – AYALA AVENUE SGV BRANCH
Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

(PESO) PHP ACCOUNT NO: 1443-0533-32
(DOLLAR) USD ACCOUNT NO: 1444-0214-85

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For inquiries, contact us through email or you can call us at these numbers: (02) 3764412 (02) / 6893100 local 45191 or 45192 or fax 936 7181.

“We're The Millers” Characters Description

“We're The Millers” Characters Description

.A rambunctious bunch of talented actors led by Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter and Ed Helms raises the marquee value of New Line Cinema's action comedy “We’re the Millers.”

Jason Sudeikis (“Horrible Bosses”) plays David Clark, a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids - after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. A trio of gutter punks steals his stash and cash, leaving him in major debt to his supplier, Brad.

In order to wipe the slate clean - and maintain a clean bill of health - David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose and wannabe customer Kenny, as well as streetwise teen Casey, David devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

Jennifer Aniston (“Just Go With It”) portrays Rose who reluctantly accepts David’s proposal to be his “wife” only after she realizes she has no other choice. “She does not initially agree to sign on for this adventure because, despite being a stripper, she has morals, she has boundaries, and breaking the law is not something she is willing to do,” Aniston says. “But the rules are changing at work in a way that she doesn’t agree with, and she’s broke. And David’s offered to pay her a lot of money, so she feels she has no choice but to go along.”

But a wife is not going to be enough. To be a real family, they’ll need some fake kids. Along for the weekend as their “son,” is Kenny, played by young British actor Will Poulter (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader”). A lonely latchkey teen, who lives in David's building with his absentee mother, “Kenny is this 18-year-old virgin who views a local drug dealer as a father figure, and in many ways, he really is the heart of the movie,” director Rawson Marshall Thurber states. “Will plays him with just the right balance of sweetness and intelligence and naïveté.”

Pierced street punk Casey, played by Emma Roberts (“Valentine's Day”), rounds out the Miller family as the daughter David never wanted. Roberts allows that her character “is a runaway and a bit of a delinquent, a brat, a rebel, and in it for the money. The four of them, the Millers, could not be any more different; they’re all kind of loveable, but each character has a quirky shortcoming of some kind, which makes for a funny group. And a pretty realistic family, I think,” she laughs.

The Millers’ assignment comes at the behest of Brad, a major player in the Denver drug market and beyond. Ed Helms (“The Hangover” trilogy) took on the small but critical role and, much to the filmmakers’ delight, brought his own sense of wackiness to the part.

Brad is a drug kingpin who is both preppy and a little bit obsessed with orcas, and a very fun and very weird character to play,” Helms says. “He’s chipper, happy about life, but also somewhat sociopathic, which was a terrific combination of things to work with.”

New Line Cinema’s “We’re The Millers” opens across the Philippines on September 18 and is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Superman Batman Reveals Exciting Twist

Superman Batman Reveals Exciting Twist

Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.  Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project - bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015 (including the Philippines).

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate - among fans as well as in the media - about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing.  The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent.  The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman.  He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.

He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.  In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”  His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

The Voice of the Philippines Top 24 List; Live Show Competition Starts on Sunday

The Voice of the Philippines Top 24 List; Live Show Competition Starts on Sunday

The top-rating and Twitter-trending singing-reality show “The Voice of the Philippines” has finally revealed the Top 24 artists from four teams who will compete in the much-awaited Live Shows beginning this Sunday (August 25) and face the decisive verdicts of the coaches and the viewing public.

Team Janice Javier, Cora Dela Cruz, Penelope Matanguihan, Jessica Reynoso, Thor Dulay and Tristhan Perfecto

Three artists from each team will perform in the first leg of the Live Shows this Sunday where they will perform songs chosen by them and their coaches. Representing their respective teams are Thor Dulay, Cora Dela Cruz, and Jessica Reynoso for coach Apl de Ap; Radha, RJ Dela Fuente, and Darryl Shy for coach Lea Salonga; Junji Arias, Morrisette Amon, and Eva Delos Santos for coach Sarah Geronimo; and Lee Grane, Myk Perez, and Talia Reyes for coach Bamboo.

Team Lea Salonga: RJ Dela Fuente, Radha, Mitoy Yonting, Diday Garcellano, Kimpoy Mainit and Darryl Shy

The unique voting scheme for the Live Shows will only allow viewers to send in their votes during commercial breaks – a first on Philippine TV. The voting for each team will open after the performances of the three artists, and will close after a full commercial break. The poll results for all the teams will only be announced at the end of the show.

The artist from each team who gets the highest percentage of votes will be announced and thus, will be the first one to be saved. The coach will then have to choose who between his or her two remaining artists gets to stay and gets eliminated.

Team Bamboo: Myk Perez, Talia Reyes, Lee Grane, Paolo Onesa, Isa Fabregas and Angelique Alcantara

Before the Live Shows at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, “The Voice of the Philippines” will air the Life Show featuring the artists’ life stories and special performances this Saturday (August 24).

Whose voices will prove stronger? Which among the artists will be sent home?

Team Sarah Geronimo: Morrisette Amon, Klarisse De Guzman, Yuki Ito, Eva Delos Santos, Junji Arias and Maki Ricafort

Don’t miss “The Voice of the Philippines,” every Saturday, 9 PM, and every Sunday, 8:15 PM on ABS-CBN. Get the latest news and updates about the show and view the exclusive artists’ profiles and performance videos in “The Voice of the Philippines” official website at Like the show’s Facebook page, follow @thevoiceabscbn on Twitter, and follow abscbnthevoice on Instagram. Tweet your thoughts about the show using the hashtag #VoicePHLife o #VoicePHLive.

Randy Santiago to Claudine Barretto: "I'm so disappointed in you!"; Claudine to Santiago Brothers: "Bastos. Maglabasan nalang tayo ng baho ngayon!"

Randy Santiago to Claudine Barretto: "I'm so disappointed in you!"; Claudine to Santiago Brothers: "Bastos. Maglabasan nalang tayo ng baho ngayon!"

Randy Santiago, in his interview with, said he doesn't want to meddle with anything that's going on now with the marriage of his younger brother Raymart and estranged wife Claudine Barretto.

Claudine, on July 29, has filed a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against Raymart at the Marikina Regional Trial Court.

"As much as possible, ayokong makialam. Away nilang mag-asawa 'yan.  Pero it’s getting too personal and unfair for Raymart. He has kept quiet in all that has been happening. Hindi kaya ni Raymart na manakit. He will only defend but will not attacked anybody." Randy said.

"Now, he deserves the protection he needs from his own family who knows him more than protect him from all these ridiculous lies. I am so disappointed in Claudine." the singer added.

Claudine, for her part, expressed disagreement on Randy's statement, saying "Hindi ko siya [Raymart] sisiraan sa harapan ng tao gaya ng ginagawa nilang pagsira sa pagkatao ko, sa pangalan na pinaghirapan ko ng ilang taon para lang siraan ng isang Raymart Santiago, Randy Santiago.

Ang masasabi ko lang doon sa kung anong sinasabi na ilalabas nila ang baho ko, go ahead, I dare you! Bring it on!

"Kasi ang pinagkaiba ng baho ng mga Barrettos sa baho ng mga Santiago, yung sa amin naaamoy. Yung sa kanila, pag lumabas, ikakasira talaga nila.

"Ayaw ko ng binabastos ako. Hindi na ako papayag. Nabastos na ako noon. Huwag nila akong babastusin." 

Thea Tolentino Topbills GMA-7's Newest Fantaseries "Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy"

Thea Tolentino Topbills GMA-7's Newest Fantaseries "Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy"

Ten months after being named as the female grand winner of GMA-7's reality-artista search show "Protege: The Battle for the Big Break" Thea Tolentino now stars in her own daily fantasy-drama series titled "Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy".

Check out the trailer below:

Completing the cast are fellow Protege grand winner Jeric Gonzales,  Roxanne Guinoo, Elle Ramirez and Angelu de Leon.

“Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy” premieres August 26 on GMA-7 Afternoon Prime block.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Now Put to Blockbuster Stars Status

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Now Put to Blockbuster Stars Status


Following the huge success of their recent romantic-comedy movie "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?" Kim Chiu and Xian Lim now join John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga,  Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, to name a few, in the list of Philippine showbiz' blockbuster royalties.

Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary offering starring Kim and Xian surpassed the P100-million mark on its 3rd week of screening according to a report by third party tabulator Box Office Mojo. The said movie now became the 3rd Filipino movie to surpass the P100-million mark at the box office for the year 2013. It placed 4th last week behind “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which ruled the local box-office race for second consecutive weeks, “The Internship” (#2) and “Kick Ass 2″ (#3).

Here are the Top 10 movies in the Philippines for the time frame August 14 to 18, 2013 according to Box Office Mojo:

TW LW Movie Weekend Gross Gross-to-Date Week
1 1 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 32,433,550 PHP 120,065,887 PHP 2
2 N The Internship 10,625,756 PHP 10,625,756 PHP 1
3 N Kick-Ass 2 7,062,830 PHP 7,062,830 PHP 1
4 2 Bakit hindi ka crush ng crush mo? 6,823,404 PHP 102,368,727 PHP 3
5 3 The Smurfs 2 6,327,055 PHP 35,216,307 PHP 2
6 N Dragon Ball Z 981,599 PHP 981,599 PHP 1
7 10 Man of Steel 37,997 PHP 388,565,538 PHP 10
8 15 White House Down 5,397 PHP 58,709,136 PHP 7

(as of August 13, 2013)

1. It Takes A Man and a Woman (Star Cinema) – P375-M
2. Four Sisters and a Wedding (Star Cinema) – P145-M
3. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? (Star Cinema) -P102.36-M *
4. Bromance: My Brother’s Romance (Star Cinema) – P72.67-M
5. A Moment in Time (Star Cinema) – P64.54-M
6. Must Be…Love (Star Cinema) – P60.74-M
8. Tuhog (Skylight Films) – P24.68-M
9. My Lady Boss (GMA Films/Regal Films) – P19.4-M
10. The Bride and the Lover (Regal Films) – P10.39-M

* still showing in theaters

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera Pictorial for a Movie Project

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera Pictorial for a Movie Project

This photo of Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera, posted in Angel Locsin’s Facebook Fan Page, gives a hint on the possible project collaboration between the two superstars from rival networks.

Is it a TV project? Nope.

A movie team-up? Possible.

A product endorsement? Could be.

What do you think?

Ynna Asistio Stars in Her First MMK this Saturday

Ynna Asistio Stars in Her First MMK this Saturday

Newest Kapamilya recruit Ynna Asistio will join award-winning actor Ariel Rivera this Saturday (August 24) in the upcoming family drama episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

Ariel will play the role of Eddy, a father who has two families–one in Albay, while the second resides in Bacolod. How could a father forget about his first family with his children all hoping that he would help them out from poverty?

Together with Ariel in the upcoming “MMK” episode are Sheryl Cruz, Trina Legaspi, Marco Gumabao, John Wayne Sace, Karen Reyes, JB Agustin, Joseph Bitangcol, Alfred Labatos, Marissa Sanchez, Matthew Mendoza, Jong Cuenco, Louella de Cordova, Celine Lim, Jed Montero, Erin Ocampo, Arnold Reyes, and new Kapamilya star Ynna Asistio. The story was researched by Alexandra Mae Martin, written by Benjamin Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos, and directed by Raz De la Torre.

Don’t miss another touching family drama in the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), Saturday nighs, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.

Anne Curtis to Hold Concert for Tropical Storm Maring Flood Victims

Anne Curtis to Hold Concert for Tropical Storm Maring Flood Victims

Kapamilya actress-performer Anne Curtis is set to hold her US and Canada concert later this month and early September. And good news, good news! Anne said proceeds of the concerts will be donated to socio-civic group Sagip Kapamilya in aid of the Tropical Story Maring flood victims.

Anne will be joined in the US concert by Concert King Martin Nieverra on August 31 and September 1. While concert Canada concert is set on September 7.

Ben Affleck is the New Batman

Ben Affleck is the New Batman

Yes, Ben Affleck is set to play the legendary role of Bruce Wayne in "Man of Steel" crossover sequel which will be shown pn July 17, 2015.

Filmmaker Zack Snyder is said to be working alongside Affleck to create an entirely new version of Batman, one that will fit seamlessly in the world established by Man of Steel. 

Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane are also slated to return for the sequel. The film has yet to set an official title.

President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Greg Silverman, had this to say regarding the casting of Ben Affleck:

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character."

What do you think of Ben Affleck as Batman in the Man of Steel Sequel?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vice Ganda, Sam Milby, Kim Chiu and Jericho Rosales Share Thoughts on Fortune Telling

Vice Ganda, Sam Milby, Kim Chiu and Jericho Rosales Share Thoughts on Fortune Telling

Kapamilya stars share their take on fortune telling to Atom Araullo this Friday (Aug 23), who probes why Filipinos are so fascinated by getting their futures told in “Hiwaga.”

Sam Milby and Robi Domingo may not believe too much in fortune telling too much but they have had experiences that made them think twice on whether it’s real or just a mere coincidence.

Someone told me before that I’ll get into an accident and that same year, it did happen. My van overturned,” Sam shared.

The fortune teller said that in the near future I will hold a microphone and that is actually what I am doing now. I am now a TV host,” Robi recounted.

But not all celebrities believe in what fortunetellers say like Vice Ganda, Kim Chiu, and Jericho Rosales who revealed that they are not really fans of “hula.”

I don’t want to know what awaits me in the future because I just want to live in the now,” according to Vice.

Atom probes further and talks to Andy Tan, a card reader who claimed to have foreseen Mayor Joseph Estrada’s return to politics in 2013, and a fortuneteller who has seen disasters such as typhoons way before it happened.

Can these predictions really come true? Will Atom himself have less doubt once he learns what the psychics see for him?

Don’t miss “Hiwaga” this Friday (Aug 23), 4:15 PM on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.

Jericho Rosales Says Goodbye to Drama, Joins Kiddie Gag Show "Goin' Bulilit"

Jericho Rosales Says Goodbye to Drama, Joins Kiddie Gag Show "Goin' Bulilit"

The internationally-acclaimed award-winning actor Jericho Rosales switches things up this Sunday (August 25) as he takes on a guest role in the country’s number one kiddie gag show, “Goin’ Bulilit”. 

With numerous awards and nominations under his belt, Echo has definitely made a name for himself in both the local and global film and television scenes, portraying roles in successful drama or action films. This Sunday, he will have a little fun with the cast of Goin’ Bulilit, as they bring dentist-themed gags, sketches and so much more. 

Don’t miss out on Jericho Rosales as he guest stars on “Goin’ Bulilit”, the country’s number one kiddie gag show, airing on Sunday (August 25) on ABS-CBN Channel 2 after “TV Patrol Weekend”.

Star Records Launches Newest Artists ‘Perkins Twins’ and ‘The Angelos’

Star Records Launches Newest Artists ‘Perkins Twins’ and ‘The Angelos’

Star Records recently launched two new vocal boy groups under its label: the Fil-Am tennis heartthrobs turned pop duo ‘Perkins Twins’ and the classical-pop tenor trio, ‘The Angelos.’

Perkins Twins–composed of fraternal twins Jesse Perkins and Christian Perkins – are the voices behind the theme song of Boy Abunda’s “Ikaw Na” segment in ABS-CBN’s late night newscast “Bandila.”
The duo shared that their upcoming debut album under Star Records includes a mix of English and Filipino songs, some of which were composed by them, while their digitally released most requested hit single “Ikaw Na” was composed by a multi-awarded veteran songwriter Vehnee Saturno.


When asked about their dream collaborations, Perkins Twins have their top choices. “We would love to work with talented sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga and the Philippines’ biggest female Pop Star Sarah Geronimo.”

Meanwhile, The Angelos–composed of George Tagle, Paolo Libiran, and Louie Abaigar – who are known as Asia’s I’ll Divo are ready to reintroduce itself not as hardcore classical group but a dynamic trio who can turn popular hits into all-time classics.

We want to educate listeners that classical music need not to be intimidating,” said The Angelos. “We fuse favorite pop melodies and give them music that is something new and pleasing to their ears.

If given a chace, The Angelos would like to collaborate with OPM icons including Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievara, Jed Madela and Bamboo.


The Angelos’ recently released album under Star Records carries eight tracks with one original composition entitled “The Calling”. It also features classical-pop revivals of ‘The Prayer,’ ‘Lipad ng Pangarap,’ ‘Paano Kita Pasasalamatan,’ ‘Ano’ng Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa,’ and ‘Always You.’

Star Records’ digital tracks of Perkins Twins and The Angelos can be downloaded via iTunes, and

Fans of Perkins Twins can follow them at, and The Angelos’ website is

For more information, visit Star Records’ Facebook fan page at or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

Christian Bautista Renews Ties with Universal Records

Christian Bautista Renews Ties with Universal Records

Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista has renewed his contract with Universal Records last August 14 at Romulo’s Café, Quezon City. Present during the signing are (L-R) UR Operations Manager Peter Chan, STAGES President Audie Gemora, UR General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Christian, UR Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, STAGES Head of Talent Management Carlo Orosa and UR Music Production Head Ito Rapadas.

Christian is soon to start work on his next album, set for release next year. The multi-awarded singer has done his bestselling albums with Universal Records – Romance Revisited (4x Platinum), A Wonderful Christmas (Diamond), First Class (Platinum)

Christian is currently seen on GMA’s musical variety show Sunday All Stars, series With A Smile and will soon play Prince Charming in Resorts World’s Cinderella, opposite Karylle.

“One Direction: This Is Us” Movie Helmed by Self-Confessed 1D Fan Morgan Spurlock

“One Direction: This Is Us” Movie Helmed by Self-Confessed 1D Fan Morgan Spurlock

When Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock was approached to make “One Direction: This Is Us” – a movie about One Direction - he jumped at the chance.

One of the things I’ve always tried to do from the very beginning of my career is create very popular documentaries,” says the “Super Size Me” director. “And I think that this film, coming off the work I’ve done in the past is the next step. Making something that’s successful to a large audience that tells a great story, that is really intimate and gets you into their lives, but at the same time, is also really entertaining and engaging, with great music.

Naturally, meeting bandmembers Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson was important. Spurlock found the boys completely charming but also level-headed about the phenomenon they were in the middle of experiencing. Notes Spurlock, “They’re very fun. I think they’re incredibly grounded considering the amount of crazy that’s surrounding their lives on a daily basis. And I think that was one of the things that I really liked about them.”

It’s not enough, says Spurlock, that they’re “five good looking guys that get put together in a band. That happens all the time. But the fact that, you know, they actually had the talent and the ability and the drive to kind of push it as far as they have, and continue to do, is remarkable.”

Spurlock filmed in various locales for almost six months, including the band’s performance in Mexico City in early June, 2013. The crew number ranged anywhere from Spurlock alone holding a camera without even an audio person, to fully coordinated concert set-ups involving, says the director, “an army of people.” Filming the band’s O2 performances alone were massive undertakings for someone used to the run-and-gun nature of most documentaries. Says Spurlock, “Probably about, I don’t know, 250 people were working on the concert when we shot at the O2, it was massive.”

As for the behind-the-scenes footage, which runs the gamut from backstage mischief before the show to touching hometown scenes, like Harry working at the family bakery, those moments alone amounted to 500 hours of material. Editing it down was challenging, but the band were instrumental in helping Spurlock and the editors pick the most choice moments. Says Spurlock, “They’ve given really insightful feedback about things that are very personal to them … to things that they remembered that we shot that we have forgotten about, and to remind us to dig and find. It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right, that was a great moment.’”

For producer Cowell, Spurlock was the ideal choice as director because he was never going to stage scenes or manufacture magic. “Morgan is somebody who likes to kind of eavesdrop,” says Cowell. “He wants to pick stuff up without people realizing that they’re being filmed and that’s his skill and he’s very patient. It’s not about set pieces or ‘Do this for the camera.’ He’s just put the cameras in all these different places and he’s just filmed what it’s like being in this group. It’s fascinating.”

What ultimately emerged from the editing process was the sense that moviegoers were going to get a special peek into the members’ lives. Adds Spurlock, “You feel like you really do get to become a part of this journey and these boys and this band.” It could even generate new fans, he suggests. “I think every One Direction fan should take someone who isn’t a One Direction fan, because I think when people see the movie, they’ll see a different side to these boys that they probably didn’t think existed or they didn’t think they would enjoy. And I bet they’ll convert a lot more fans than they think they will.

As for the decision to film the 02 concerts in 3D, Cowell says it’s “unbelievable. The 3D is sensational. It actually makes the concert like being there. It’s really clever.”

None of "One Direction: This Is Us" would have happened, however, if the boys hadn’t put their faith in the project, and from the get-go, they all believed in what could be achieved.

There’s a tremendous amount of trust you have to have, between you and the subjects that are in the film,” says Spurlock. “It takes time. It takes conversations. You have to spend time with one another to talk, feel comfortable, and know that this person is there to tell an honest story about you, and tell a story that you ultimately want to be told. And, you know, I give them credit. I mean, they were really open and honest with us about their lives, their fears, about the things that were going on with them, and kind of letting us come into their world. It’s a big undertaking, and it takes a lot of courage, and they were fantastic about it.”

In the end, says the director, the boys in One Direction understood that this was an opportunity to document a special time in their lives. “They realize this movie is a time capsule,” notes Spurlock. “They already know how special it is, and to be able to have something like this where you can really show – whether it be your family down the road, your kids down the road, something you just want to keep for yourself – that really does capture the essence of this moment in its purest form.” Adds Spurlock, “I think they’ll treasure this whole experience.”

And is he now a fan?

Listen, I’ve seen thirty-plus One Direction concerts at this point,” says Spurlock. “I am like a hardcore Directioner now!

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, August 30, “One Direction: This Is Us” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Goes to Chris Evans

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Goes to Chris Evans

Reports have it that Chris Evans might play the coveted role of Christian Grey in the movie version of the bestseller book "Fifty Shades of Grey".

The news came after the book's author E.L. James posted a photo of herself on Twitter with the 32-year-old actor making netizens suspect that Evans already bagged the role.

What do you think of Evans playing Christian Grey?




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