Bianca King Turns Kapatid, Topbills TV5's Newest Series "Obsession"
With the lack of better project her mother studio GMA-7 could offer her, Bianca King joins TV5 to topbill the network's upcoming suspense primetime series “Obsession” with the controversial Kapamilya actress Neri Naig.
"Obsession" TV5's newest weekly drama series scheduled to premiere on January 27, 2013 featuring two other former Kapuso actors Marvin Agustin and Martin Escudero.
Bong Revilla Gets 224-Million Kickbacks from People's Tax Through Janet Lim Napoles
Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. earned more than P224.5 million in kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in the pork barrel scam, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.
Senator Jinggoy Estrada pocketed P183.79 million and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile got P172.8 million, according to the NBI, in its executive summary of the plunder complaints against the lawmakers, Napoles, and others allegedly involved in the scam.
The two other lawmakers accused of plunder are former Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, who allegedly earned P108.4 million, and former Rep. Edgar Valdez, P56 million.
The legislators conspired with Napoles and officials of implementing agencies in various transactions through misappropriation, conversion, misuse, and malversation of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the NBI said.
The NBI also accused 3 other congressmen of malversation, direct bribery and other graft and corrupt practices. The amounts involved in these complaints are less than the P50 million threshold for plunder.
Napoles allegedly gave P42.1 million to former Rep. Rodolfo Plaza, P26.77 million to former Rep. Samuel Dangwa, and P20.8 million to former Rep. Constantino Jaraula.
A total of 48 people were sued in connection with the scam. They include lawmakers' chiefs of staff and representatives, heads and officials of implementing agencies, and presidents of NGOs allegedly set up by Napoles. - ABS-CBNNews.com
Korina Sanchez, who recently became extra controversial after hitting CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on her radio program in connection to the latter's report about the Philippine government's slow recovery assistance on typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban, resigns from her Rated Korina radio show on ABS-CBN's radio arm DZMM effective January 3, Friday.
The news was revealed by Amy Perez on her Twitter post saying she and Marc Logan will take Korina's 10:00am timeslot starting Monday, January 6 with a new show called "Sakto".
News have it that Korina, who denied she was forced to take a leave by ABS-CBN heads, reportedly will finish her masteral degree at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
In a statement, Korina said she prefers to pursue her long-pending academic tasks for now as work is just around the corner waiting for her comeback.
"Ang trabaho naman nariyan lang at ang sabi naman sa akin ng mga boss, kapag ayos na lahat ay makakabalik naman ako. Gusto ko na talaga itong iraos kase muntik na akong ibagsak ng dalawa kong propesor dahil sa absence at late submissions kaya talagang hindi ko mapagsabay," Korina said.
No word yet if she will also take a break from her TV programs "Rated K" and "TV Patrol".
Pagpag Movie Review: KathNiel Oozes with Undeniable Onscreen Chemistry, But...
With a concrete story to bank on, Pagpag surfaces as one of the greatest horror local movies I've seen. It's storytelling is rational, logical and easy to grasp. It's so good you want to remember those times when you attended a funeral and recall if you actually did the "pagpag". Binded with an excellent material, the cinematography and the production design also came strong.
Sadly though, MMFF's lone horror entry is not flawless. With director Franco Mortiz's hands tied on lifting the technical aspects of the film, he seemed to forget about the cast. There's no doubt Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have oozing chemistry onscreen. However, their charms didn't transform to acting efficiency.
Kathryn as Leni dela Torre has so many opportunities to go all out. With more than enough time in the movie to be intense, she poured a portrayal that is half-baked most especially at the critical portions of the film. Could be excused for being expected to be less emotional than his female counterpart, Daniel shows improvement but still not enough to deliver what the movie required.
Lourd de Veyra to Vic Sotto: "Cheap. Anong pelikula ang pwede mong ipagmalaki?"
Read below a very entertaining and witty open letter-slash-film review by Lourd de Veyra, a well-known musician, poet, journalist, product endorser and activist to veteran comedy actor Vic Sotto regarding the latter's latest MMFF movie "My Little Bossings" as published on Spot.ph
Dear Bossing Vic Sotto,
Una sa lahat, happy new year.
Magpapakilala muna ako. Ako po si Lourd de Veyra. Fan ako ng Tito, Vic, and Joey bago pa lang ako natutong magsulat—kung tutuusin, kaya kong magsulat ng academic thesis tungkol sa mga pelikula ninyo (Ang kaibigan kong direktor na si R.A Rivera ang gumawa naman ng undergraduate dissertation sa UP tungkol sa mga pelikulang pinagtampokan nina Joey at Rene Requiestas. Naka-uno daw siya kay Dr. Nicanor Tiongson). Kaya kong magdiskurso tungkol sa parodic element ng Ready… Aim… Fire at Forward March laban sa estado ng kapulisan at militar nung ’80s. Puwede rin nating pag-usapan ang Doctor, Doctor I Am Sick bilang isang satirikong pagpuna sa medical malpractice (genius ang eksenang kinukunan ng 1,000 cc ng dugo si Palito), ang mga surrealistikong katangian ng Fly Me to the Moon, ang pagsubvert ng Kabayo Kids sa imahen ng Japanese superhero groups at paghihinete sa Pilipinas, ang Ma’am May We Go Out bilang isang critique ng Philippine educational system, etc.
Joke lang. Sinusubukan ko lang i-justify. Pero sa totoo lang, ika nga, silliness is its own joyful justification. Gusto ko lang ipakita lang na hindi ako high-brow snob na nanggagaling sa kawalan (Alam mo yung mga tipong manonood ng Bresson o Godard para aliwin ang sarili?).
Sabihin na lang natin na kayong tatlo ang Gomburza ng komedya para sa aming henerasyon. Kung ano man ako ngayon bilang tao at manlilikha, siguradong may bahid ng inyong impluwensiya. Nakatatak sa kamalayan namin ang mga eksena, ang mga “acheche!”
Sumusulat ako dahil film fest na naman.
As usual, ikaw na naman ang topgrosser. May special effects at mga engka-engkanto man o wala. Ang tindi lang talaga ng pulso mo sa bata, kaya naman ikaw ang consistent topgrosser. Bagong record daw: P50.4 million?
Pero kapapanood ko lang nung My Little Bossings. May problema ako eh. Malaki.
Saan ba tayo magsisimula?
Sabihin na lang natin na hindi ako ang audience ng My Little Bossings. At tama nga—paglabas ko ng sinehan, puro mga chikiting ang nakapila. Obvious naman kung anong demographic ang puntirya nito. Alam ko ang unang depensa niyo ng mga producers: hindi ako ang audience niyo. “Eh di huwag ka na lang manood.”
Pero huwag naman ganun, Bossing.
Nagbayad ako ng P220 kaya karapatan ko bilang manonood na magbahagi ng saloobin.
Gaano niyo ba kabilis ginawa ito? May pakiramdam ito na parang tatlong araw lang eh, parang minadali, or what we in our circles refer to as: PNY (“Puwede na ’yan.”)
Hindi kami nagbayad ng P220 para bentahan ng pancit canton, tinapay, sabong panlaba, cough syrup, at kung ano-ano pang produkto ang ine-endorse ninyong dalawa ni Kris Aquino. Ganoon na ba kayo ka-desperado? Hindi naman siguro.
Hindi kami nagbayad ng P220 para lunukin ang storyline na may babaeng willing magbayad ng P20 million para patirahin ang anak sa bahay ng accountant niyang hindi naman niya ka-close. Mahirap lunukin ang kuwento na may babaeng milyonara at edukada na magpapadala sa banta ng salbaheng kapatid na isisiwalat raw sa media na siya (Kris) ang mastermind ng pyramiding scam (Nalito ka ba? Ako rin eh).
Mabuti na lang at nandun ka, bossing. Nandun din si Ryzza. At higit sa lahat, nandun si Aiza na ako’y hindi natatakot na ideklara bilang isa sa mga pinakamahuhusay na artista ngayon.
Kulang sa exposure yung batang babaeng mataba. Ang ganung level ng pagka-cute, dapat nasa kanya ang 90% ng camera. Yung batang lalaki naman… Ano ba… sana magaling magbasketbol paglaki niya (Saka kung gusto niyang mag-artista sa Pilipinas, mag-aral siya ng Tagalog).
Pero bossing, maiba tayo: hanggang ganito na lang ba?
Pagkakataon niyo na sana. Kayong dalawa ni Kris Aquino ang dalawa sa mga pinakamakapangyarihang pangalan sa showbiz ngayon. Ang daming nagtitiwala sa inyo. Ang dami-dami niyong puwedeng gawin. But this is the best you can come up with? ’Wag niyo sabihing “Pinaghirapan namin ito,” dahil maglolokohan lang tayo.
’Wag niyo ring sabihing, “Ano bang problema mo? Eh masaya naman sila.” Please naman.
Take note: hindi nanood ang mga tao ng My Little Bossings dahil tingin nila’y maganda ang plot at storyline—wala naman ito sa mga trailer eh, hindi pinakita. Pero hindi naman porke naka-bangko kayo sa ka-kyutan ni Ryzza Mae at patawa mo ay PNY na lang ang ibang aspekto ng pelikula.
Sa totoo lang, ang huling pelikula mong pinanood ko sa sinehan mismo habang film fest ay Iskul Bukol: The Reunion. Bilang miyembro ng henerasyon na lumaki sa Iskul Bukol, sabihin na lang natin na ako’y disappointed—dahil kalahati ng pelikula ay nauwi pa rin sa mala-Enteng Kabisote na habulan, barilan, at pakikipagdigma sa mga pantastikong nilalang (Ang saving grace lamang ng pelikula ay ang linya ni Joey de Leon na “I want to be an eskimo/ Es, es, / Ki-…”).
Bossing, heto lang talaga ang gusto kong sabihin. Ngayon ikaw ay nasa maimpluwensiya at makapangyarihang posisyon. Kaya mong gumawa ng mga pelikulang makabuluhan, isang pelikulang maipagmamalaki ng lahat sa punto de bista ng kultura at estetiko. Hindi ko sinasabing gumawa ka ng indie film na may mga tauhan na nakakatitig lang ng isang oras sa kawalan. Hindi ko sinasabing gumawa ka ng pelikulang tatlong tao lang ang nakakaintindi, yung tipong masusuka ka sa lalim. Hindi ko sinasabing gumawa ka ng pelikulang pang-Cannes. Pero wala namang masama dun, ’di ba? Buti pa nga si ER Ejercito eh, nagte-take ng risks sa mga pino-produce na proyekto (Ampangit lang ng mga poster; siya raw kasi mismo ang nagde-design porke’t VisCom grad daw ng UP Fine Arts).
Hindi ka na rin bumabata. Panahon nang gumawa ka ng pelikulang puwede mong ipagmalaki sa lahat—mula sa iyong mga magiging apo hanggang sa mga “supladong” kritiko. Minsan kasi may punto rin sila.
At least si Dolphy, merong Tatay Kong Nanay. Ang problema, bossing, mukhang wala sa filmography mo—mula sa Good Morning, Titser hanggang sa Enteng ng Ina Mo— ang puwedeng mapabilang sa tinatawag na “canon” ng Pinoy cinema. Kahit isa lang? And don’t even think about remaking Tatay Kong Nanay—that would be sacrilege. Please.
Tingin ko’y posible naman ito. Nasa posisyon ka na kumuha ng mahuhusay na manunulat at director na kayang magbalanse ng komersiyal na elemento at ng tinatawag na diskurso sa kondisyong mortal. Kunwari, sa bawat tatlo o apat na fantasy- o romance-comedy, ano ba naman ang lumikha ng isang komedya na tatalakay sa isang isyu ng lipunan, isang pelikulang kikiliti rin sa kanilang mga puso? Kikiliti na parang hindi “cheap” at parang hindi masyadong pinag-isipan.
You’ve always understood your strength as an actor: for the past several decades, mapa-Enteng man o partner ni Dolphy, you’ve always played the same character. At alam mong click ito—at mukhang ito ang nagugustuhan sa iyo ng Filipino audience, dahil honest ka lagi sa iyong karakter. Pero what if: kunin mo ang prototypical Vic Sotto role at ilagay sa isang sitwasyon na sumasalamin sa kondisyon ng mas nakakarami nating kababayan? Imbes na mga multo at lamanglupa ang humahabol sa iyo, bakit hindi mga abusadong pulis, mga mapang-aping panginoong may-lupa? O kaya’y mga pork barrel scammers. Puwede namang magpatawa pa rin habang nagtataas ng antas ng kalidad ng paggawa ng pelikula. At hindi na nito kailangan ng mga mamahaling special effects. Kayang kaya niyo ’yan—we only have to look at Eat Bulaga’s Lenten specials. May kurot talaga sa damdamin.
Bossing, kahit wala ka sa politika, ikaw ay kasama sa iilan sa industriya na may pagkakataong baguhin ang kamalayan at panlasa ng mga manonood—kahit pa-konti-konti lang.
Sana’y pag-isipan mo ang posterity. Tandaan: iba ang paghusga ng sining at kasaysayan. Twenty years from now, wala nang makakaalala ng My Little Bossings, kahit kumita ito ng lampas P50 million. Hindi ito pag-aaralan at hihimayin sa mga unibersidad bilang halimbawa ng isang mahusay na pelikula. Puwede kang makabola sa festival, pero, ika nga ni Andres Bonifacio, hindi mo puwedeng takasan ang hatol ng kasaysayan. Hindi rin naman kumita ang Kisapmata ni Mike de Leon, pero sino ang nakakaalala sa mga kasabay nito sa 1981 Metro Manila Film Fest: Tropang Bulilit ni Nino Mulach (Ito malamang ang My Little Bossings nung panahong yun), Babae sa Ulog (starring Jean Saburit), Init o Lamig (Dindo Fernando, Gina Alajar), Kamlon ni Ramon Revilla?
Bossing, ayaw mo bang maging Chaplin? Na hindi lang nagpatawa kundi tumalakay din sa human condition at nagkaroon ng komentaryo sa lipunan (The Dictator, Modern Times)?
Alam kong hindi madaling gumawa ng pelikula. At mas accurate: alam kong hindi madaling magproduce. At ikaw mismo bilang producer na nagpapatakbo ng isang kumpanya, isanlibo’t isa ang mga konsiderasyon. Naiintindihan ko na negosyo pa rin ’yan. At hindi lingid sa akin ang maraming hamon sa bawat proyekto (’Yan minsan ang hindi naiintindihan ng ilang kritiko—porke’t walang slum area at handheld camera at Joel Torre o Ronnie Lazaro sa pelikula, basura sa kanila).
Tingin ko naman ay puwedeng gumawa ng pelikulang nakakaaliw at pipilahan ng buong pamilya—na hindi sinasakripisyo ang kalidad ng kuwento. Ang tagal mo nang kumikita, bossing. Malaki-laki na rin ang naibigay sa iyo ng taumbayan. Oras na siguro para sila ay suklian. Magbalik ka naman. To whom much is given, much is required, ika nga ng Bibliya.
Marami kang batang pinasaya at patuloy na napasaya—at isa na ako doon. Tutal Pasko naman, di ba, Bossing? (Christmas season parin hanggang Three Kings.) If Christmas is for children, isip bata pa rin naman ako. Sige na.
Bo Sanchez, a well-known spiritual preacher and bestselling author, opened up about his past in ANC’s “Headstart” on Friday, saying he was abused when he was a child.
In an interview, Sanchez admitted there are still times when he struggles to overcome bitterness over the painful experience.
“It’s not easy. I tell everyone that it’s never going to be easy. Even now, I would struggle [to overcome bitterness],” he said. “You know how every person has a ‘love tank’ and sometimes, their love tanks are empty. And the reason why we’re not able to give love to other people is because our love tank is empty. No love has come in.”
But instead of trying to forget or deny his experience of abuse, Sanchez accepted it and moved on.
“You cannot say that you forget the past because it’s there. I mean, I was abused when I was a child. I was raped. And so how can I, now in my age, say ‘forget about that, it never happened?’ That’s denial. You [should] accept it happened.
“But do you focus on it? That’s the magic, being able to say ‘Am I going to focus on the painful thing that happened to me, or will I focus on the new opportunities that are in front of me right now?’ I will say, ‘No, whatever happened to me blessed me in some way.’ I really believe this and this may be a little controversial and they won’t accept it, but I believe that our biggest problems are our biggest blessings,” he explained.
Sanchez said it is hard to forgive an abusive person, but stressed that it can be done with God’s help.
“If there is someone out there listening and saying, ‘I cannot forgive him,’ I’m saying I understand what you’re going through, but I’m going to invite you to go to the source of forgiveness, the source of love, just to allow God to fill your heart with love,” he said.
“God does not expect you to have feelings of forgiveness. You can just make a decision and say, ‘God, I don’t want to forgive, I don’t feel like forgiving but I make a decision right now that by your power, I want to forgive this person. I don’t want to forgive him but I’m making that choice.’ Then that’s it. Even after that you still feel bitter and all, but you made that choice. And over time, God will give you that love to be able to forgive that person.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez urged those who have been victims of abuse, to learn how to “protect” themselves.
“Protect yourself from abuse. It’s very important. I speak from experience, I speak from helping thousands of people who have gone through what I’ve gone through, and similar situations. I tell them the first thing you got to do is to protect yourself, put boundaries.
“So many people don’t have boundaries in their individual lives. We just say yes to people. Saying no is a good thing because when you are able to say no to wrong things, you will be able to say yes to right things. And when you’re able to say no to good things, you’ll be able to say yes to greater things,” he added. - ABS-CBNNews.com
"Rescue 5" Brings Gift of Disaster Preparedness to Yolanda Victims
“Inanod ng alon si Mama, nasa ilalim ng kahoy. Waray na Mama (Mama was taken by the waves, underneath the driftwood. Mama is gone.),” six-year old Aldrin Awa-aw recounts his horrific experience of super typhoon Yolanda.
“Gusto ko sana buhay pa si Mama (I wish mama was still alive.),” Aldrin adds amid the supposed joyful Christmas season.
As a Christmas gift to Aldrin and nearly 600 children affected by Yolanda, Rescue 5, the Emergency Response Unit of TV5 News and Information (News5), gave them copies of its specialized activity book on disaster preparedness in Waray, the native language in Leyte.
Its distribution was part of Rescue 5’s “Regalo sa Pasko 2013” project held in Tacloban City last December 20.
The team also handed out 72-hour survival kits (backpacks containing emergency devices, school supplies and ready-to-eat snacks) to kids.
“We developed a Waray edition of the Rescue 5 activity book so that the kids affected by Yolanda can better understand how they can protect themselves during disasters,” TV5 Public Service Sherryl Yao said.
The activity book also helped in the play therapy of children affected by Yolanda.
“Coloring the activity book is an effective way to alleviate the trauma they are experiencing. At the same time, they gain knowledge on what to do in times of calamities,” Yao added.
The Rescue 5 activity book has passed the review of the Department of Education (DepEd).
“Yung mga activity book na binigay ng Rescue 5 ay makabuluhan. Natutunan ng mga bata kung ano yung basic tips na dapat nilang gawin sa oras ng kalamidad. Simple at madali itong maiintindihan ng mga bata (The activity books Rescue 5 distributed are meaningful. The kids learned the basic tips they need in times of disaster. It is simple and easy to understand.), said DepEd Tacloban City Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Carmela Tamayo.
News5 anchor Paolo Bediones likewise conducted a disaster preparedness demo that includes making an improvised floatation device.
To complete the day’s activities, Rescue 5 held a football clinic with volunteer coaches and the Philippine Army at the Leyte National Sports Complex in line with the kids’ play therapy.
Project partners are Maynilad, Philex Mining Corporation, Smart, Sterling Paper Products Enterprises, Inc., Chris Sports, and SKLZ.
20th Century Fox dominates all timeline this 2014 with its lineup of movies spanning millions of years in the past and into the future utilizing unprecedented tools in moviemaking to tell the most unforgettable stories meant to be seen only in cinemas.
Experience a new kind of real in “Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” as it transports us back in time in prehistoric Alaska. Find out what life was really like 70 million years ago when these awe-inspiring, prehistoric dinosaurs roamed the earth. At the heart of the movie is Patchi (voiced by Justin Long) as he and his family embark on a perilous and exciting journey across Alaska. The movie also features the voice of John Leguizamo ("Ice Age's" Sid) who voices Alex, a prehistoric bird who became Patchi's friend.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller, a story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Sean Penn, Shirley McClaine and Kathryn Hahn joins Stiller in this awe-inspiring journey of self-discovery.
George Clooney directs and stars in the action thriller “The Monuments Men” set at the backdrop of World War II based on the bestselling non-fiction book “The Monuments Men” by Robert Edsel with Bret Witter about an unlikely group of men tasked to retrieve highly regarded art masterpieces stolen by Hitler across the globe. Clooney pooled an impressive cast that includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban and Dmitri Leonidas.
Another kind of heist during World War II happens in the humorous drama “The Book Thief” starring Geoffrey Rush, Emma Watson and newcomer Sophie Nielsen in the titular role. Based on the beloved bestselling novel by Markus Zusak of the same title, the movie tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.
Animation giant DreamWorks is set to take the audience on a wild ride in “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”
In “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” Mr. Peabody, the world’s smartest talking dog, has invented a time machine he calls the WABAC, which enables Peabody and his adopted human son Sherman to witness world-changing events first hand. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history – and save the future.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” comes back after five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Hiccup and Toothless continue to fly away in unknown territories, they soon encounter a fearsome rider who is building an army of beasts by trapping dragons that will again test their strength and wits to safeguard the peace between man and dragons.
The most horrifying delivery is a about to take place in “Devil’s Due,” a movie that employs found footage style on the coming of the antichrist. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett written by Lindsay Devlin and Zoe Green, the movie stars Zach Gilford and Allison Miller as newlyweds who find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy right after their honeymoon.
“Rio 2” continues the grandeur of adventure into the heart of the Amazon as we see Blu and Jewel raise their children while unexpectedly meeting relatives in the wild and dodging dangers. Along the way, they rediscover Jewel’s long-lost father Eduardo (voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia) and all kinds of new friends and baddies set to rock the Amazon jungle with laughter and exciting adventure in 3D.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The movie is directed by Wes Anderson and stars a grand coup of a cast including Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson.
“The Other Woman” stars a powerhouse cast of women led by Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj. In the movie, a woman learns that she’s part of a love triangle, so she teams up with the spurned wife in order to exact revenge on the cheating husband.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
Directed by Matt Reeves, ““Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is set 15 years later after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” previously starred in by James Franco. In "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Based on John Green’s bestselling young-adult romance of the same title, “The Fault in Our Stars” stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group. The two eventually fall in love, decides to see past their prognoses and diagnoses to experience how it is to live full in such short a span of time.
Non-stop thrills and chills await in "The Maze Runner," based on the first book of the best selling trilogy by James Dashner. The movie stars Dylan O'Brien as the main protagonist Thomas, brought to a dystopian world where the only memory remains is his name, Thomas along with the rest of other young adults thrive to survive in this world of maze known as the Glade.
Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton star in “Gone Girl” based on the book by Gillian Flynn. The movie introduces us to the story of Nick and Amy, a married couple married for five years where Nick suddenly find himself at a loss when Amy had gone missing on the day of their wedding anniversary.
An animated comedy with a unique visual style, "The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, the movie stars the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana.
"Exodus" takes us on the most unforgettable journey of Moses starring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton and John Turturro. The movie spans on Moses' time from near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement.
‘Manila Clasico’ Highlights the First PBA Weekend of 2014 on TV5
The two most popular teams in the PBA duel again for the second time in the PLDT myDSL Philippine Cup this Sunday as league-leading Barangay Ginebra San Miguel clashes with struggling San Mig Super Coffee Mixers this Sunday, January 5 from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The PBA Philippine Cup eliminations resume on Saturday, January 4, with two exciting games to open the new year. The Alaska Aces are hoping to notch another win against the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the 330PM game to be aired LIVE on TV5 and AksyonTV. Sophomore Calvin Abueva has found his groove in leading the charge of the Aces. Meanwhile, the Philippine Cup defending champs are still looking for the right formula to sustain their winning ways. In the second game on Saturday, Meralco Bolts hopes to stop its four-game skid against a dangerous Air 21 Express.
Barangay Ginebra hopes to secure another win against the Super Coffee Mixers after winning their Opening Day game last November in ‘Manila Clasico’ airing LIVE this Sunday at 515PM on TV5. Japeth Aguilar will be looked upon to lead the charge for Barangay Ginebra while San Mig Super Coffee guard James Yap will be looking for some support from his teammates after the team’s disheartening showing last week where they lost two games before the year ended. In the first game on Sunday, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters prepare to fortify their third place standing against the GlobalPort Batang Pier.
The PBA games air live on TV5 every Wednesday and Friday at 8:00pm, with a delayed telecast of the first game at 11:00pm. On Saturdays, only the 330PM game is aired live. On Sundays, both games are aired live with Sports5 Center to open the festivities.
For basketball fanatics, the PBA games are aired live on AksyonTV, starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30pm on Saturdays, and 3:00pm on Sundays. Live streaming is also available on http://pba.sports5.ph. Radio listeners nationwide can also follow the action on DZSR Sports Radio 918AM.
Facts You Must Know About “Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie”
“Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” transports us back in time to prehistoric Alaska before the Tyrannosaurus Rex, delivering a dramatic, funny and emotional cinematic experience that is both immersive and uncannily authentic.
From this, the audience discovers what dinosaurs actually looked like, how they lived, the dangers they faced and the challenges they overcame in order to survive. A thoroughly immersive experience, the film blends live action footage of real locations (Alaska and New Zealand) with impressive CGI creatures. The hero of the story is Patchi, a tenacious and courageous Pachyrhinosaurus who is born the runt of the litter and, against all odds, grows up to become the leader of the herd.
“Walking With Dinosaurs” is a rousing, compelling adventure full of humor and heartwarming moments as you see our hero Patchi draw on all of his courage, optimism and tenacity, risking his life for his loved ones and finding the inner strength he needs to survive. As we follow his epic journey we meet a cast of colorful characters. There’s Alex (an Alexornis), a colourful and gregarious bird, who likes to hold court. Scowler, Patchi’s ambitious older brother intent on becoming the leader of the herd and Juniper, a feisty female Pachyrhinosaurus who is swept into the adventure.
Before we take a walk with the dinosaurs in cinemas on January 8, here are some amazing facts from the filmmakers and research team of “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.”
• Your nose will be thankful you don’t live in the Late Jurassic Period: A single Diplodocus fart would have produced enough gas to fill a hot air balloon.
• Some members of a pterosaur group called the azhdarchids would have had jaws up to 2.5 meters long. Although they had no teeth, their jaw size is more than enough to swallow a child whole.
• Some azhdarchid pterosaurs were the size of a small plane.
• Coprolites (fossilised poop) belonging to Tyrannosaurus rex (a relative of Gorgosaurus) have been found measuring 2 liters (3.5 pints) in volume – the size of a big bottle of your favorite fizzy drink.
• Some of the more out-there theories explaining the dinosaurs’ extinction include that they all became blind due to cataracts caused by the hot, sunny climate and a plague of caterpillars that ate all the vegetation.
• Another Late Jurassic dinosaur, Stegosaurus, had a brain the size of a kitten’s (even though its body weighed more than 2700 kittens).
• Ankylosaurs were plant-eaters. They probably consumed the equivalent of over 700 carrots per day, in the form of low growing plants like ferns, cycads and perhaps even flowering plants, which were diversifying during the Cretaceous period.
• The film’s fine-feathered hero Alex belongs to a group of toothed birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs. The birds we know today have lost their teeth. However, scientists have successfully made chickens grow teeth just like Alex’s in laboratory experiments. This suggests the genes that code for teeth are still hidden away in the DNA of living birds!
• Chirostenotes had no teeth. Instead it had a beak and an elongated second finger, which some scientists believe was used to probe crevices for grubs and armored amphibians.
• Some scientists once believed that Edmontosaurus could hop like a kangaroo. The discovery of more complete skeletons shows this view to be incorrect.
• Scientists have identified a fossil of Edmontosaurus skin that is preserved so intricately that you can see a scar.
• Gorgosaurus teeth were banana shaped but serrated like a carving knife – perfect for sawing into flesh.
• Dinosaurs could grow brain tumors! One Gorgosaurus fossil has been uncovered with a spongy mass in its skull cavity. This would have made the animal a bit wobbly and accident prone when it was alive.
• Scientists are uncertain why many theropod dinosaurs like Gorgosaurus had such short arms. Theories about how these arms were used range from plausible to silly, including:
Holding its probably-still-wiggling food still as it ate
In some kind of mating ritual
Use by juveniles when feeding (in young tyrannosaurs, the arms were more sizeable relative to the body than in adults)
To aid in balance, turning or agility
To prepare a nest - in effect, to make their bed
Turning their eggs
To help them right themselves in case they fell over
No use at all and were just slowly becoming lost over time through evolution
“Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is a major new blockbuster presented by 20th Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global. A BBC Earth and Evergreen production in association with Animal Logic, the film is set for release in the Philippines on January 8, 2014 in cinemas nationwide
Will she remain a Kapamilya or soon become a Kapuso contract artist holding a top-level executive post?How true is the rumor that TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan offered her a post no one can dare decline - as Kapatid President?
Kris, now enjoying her London vacation with children Josh and Bimby, reportedly had a meeting with MVP days before their departure where the alleged bigtime TV5 position was offered.
Days before New Year, reports saying Kris already decided to move to Kapuso network surfaced where she will co-produce with Vic Sotto the TV version of MMFF 2013 hit movie "My Little Bossings". But now, a new report saying Kris already closed a deal to transfer to TV5 after her contract with ABS-CBN expired on October insists reports that the Queen of All Media will soon leave the Kapamilya network.
In a text sent to showbiz columnist Regee Bonoan, Kris declined the news saying “Not true, no decision has been made.” Her denial, however, contradicted her Instagram post where she gave a hint of the possible network transfer.
What asked if she still wish a career in TV this year, Kris said, "Sana both in front and behind the camera. I don't make secret of the fact na idol ko si Oprah [Winfrey]. She's a producer, she has a magazine, and she has her own network. ‘Yon ang career path na gusto ko sana."
Piolo Pascual and 3 other producers of "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel" are not happy with the results of the recent 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night.
Piolo along with Ericson Raymundo, Joyce Bernal and Shayne Sarte questioned the festival awards.
"It was very unfortunate that 'Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel' and its lead actress, Eugene Domingo, did not get the right recognition due them. Its director, Chris Martinez, was not even nominated based on the merits of the film," they said in a statement given to ABS-CBN News.
They also noted that "a lot of people from various sectors in the industry share our sentiment by means of their articles and blogs citing the film's production excellence."
"As producers, we feel what matters more now is that moviegoers enjoy the film and leave the theaters delighted and happy," the statement further reads.
Aside from "Ang Kiyemeng Prequel," two others main-competition entries - the dance musical "Kaleidoscope World" and the historical biopic "Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir" - went home empty-handed from the awards night.
Julia Montes Final Choice to Play Dyesebel, Kim Chiu Denies Report
So it's no longer Kim Chiu playing the role of Dyesebel in ABS-CBN TV adaptation this 2014.
Kim denied on her Instagram account that she was tapped by ABS-CBN management to portray “Dyesebel” in the upcoming Kapamilya remake of the Mars Ravelo classic, days after Philippine Star Columnist Salve Asis published a scoop about the project on December 30.
“Si Kim Chiu pala ang final choice para maging Dyesebel ng ABS-CBN. Kasalukuyan na raw nagti-training si Kim at any moment ay magti-taping sila,” Asis wrote on her column.
However, Kim, in response to fan Jhamer Abag's tweet, said “Ay, hindi po ako kuya.”
If it's not Kim, who really is the new “Dyesebel”?
New reports have it that ABS-CBN's final choice to play the much coveted role of classic Pinay mermaid is Julia Montes.
2014 Belo Medical Calendar: Interestingly Sexy and Beautiful
Check out this year's edition of Belo Medical Group 2014 calendar featuring the beautifully-sculpted bodies of its endorsers, 12 of them, each for every month of the New Year complete with the clinic’s services.
• Anne Curtis (January): Laser Hair Removal. Different types that effectively remove even the finest hair strands for a hair-free, star-quality body.
• Tom Rodriguez (February): Jet Peel. For skin texture improvement, hydration and overall skin rejuvenation. It gently cleanses and exfoliates dead cells with pressurized oxygen and delivers antioxidants and active serum deep into the skin.
• Ruffa Gutierrez (March): Stem Cell Lipo. State-of-the-art liposculpting technique that lessens body fat in a comfortable way and brings back one’s youthful appearances through fat transfer.
• Enrique Gil (April): Skin Master for Dark Under Eyes. A unique program that uses multiple technologies and targeted products resulting to exfoliation, improved circulation and moisturization. It helps improve the appearance of dark circles and other blemishes.
• Lucy Torres-Gomez (May): Revlite + Acupuncture. A safe and painless laser for skin pigmentation such as melasma, age and sunspots, and other imperfections. The acupuncture improves the underlying muscle tone to prevent skin laxity and facial sagging.
• Edward Mendez (June): Lipo Cavitation (by Sexy Solutions). It breaks down stubborn fat cells in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, upper and lower back without surgery.
• Andi Eigenmann (July): TiteFx (by Sexy Solutions). A non-invasive, walk-in-walk-out body contouring and fat-destroying machine that delivers high-voltage pulses to problem areas permanently destroying fat cells.
• Alden Richards (August): Fat Freeze. The newest and coolest non-surgical way to lose belly bulge, muffin tops and love handles.
• Angeline Quinto (September): Laser Lipo Arms. It uses a circumferential technique in removing unwanted fats and bulges around the arm, resulting to slimmer and well-sculpted arms.
• Matteo Guidicelli (October): Energy Infusion. The best way to take your vitamin is straight into the blood stream. Energy Infusion is a much-needed fix for extra vigor and enhanced immunity.
• Derek Ramsay (November): Sculptor Plus. This latest technology uses radio frequency and electrical impulses that effectively melt fat, tighten skin and firm the muscle. It helps improve facial and body contour as well as the look of stretch marks.
• Ellen Adarna (December): Breast Augmentation. This procedure uses the sub-pectoral technique which inserts breast implants underneath the muscles creating natural-looking breasts.
Justin Bieber Tacloban Concert Re-airs on TV5 this Saturday
Granting massive requests from “Beliebers” and general audiences alike, TV5 will air a replay of its much-anticipated Justin Bieber Special Give Love. Give Back Philippines this Saturday at 6pm, pre-empting Showbiz Police.
Relive how the international superstar touched the lives of Yolanda survivors during his surprise Tacloban trip in this TV5 special, complete with exclusive video coverage, full-length interviews, and behind-the-scene footages.
Justin’s trip was part of his #GiveBackPhilippines global fundraising campaign for Yolanda survivors, an initiative that endeared the Canadian singer all the more to Filipinos and even converted critics into Beliebers. The teen heartthrob brought cheer to the survivors, gave them gifts, played basketball, jammed, danced, and sang with them in a small concert which Justin dubbed as the “most important one” in his world tour.
Give Love. Give Back Philippines was made possible by Smart and PLDT. Don’t miss this New Year treat on Saturday, 6pm, only on TV5.
John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga "Home Sweetie Home" Music Video
John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga get goofy in a music video for their upcoming sitcom, "Home Sweetie Home," which will premiere this January 5 after Goin' Bulilit on ABS-CBN.
The two-minute reel previews the love story of Lloydie and Toni's characters before getting married, and sharing a home with members of their respective families in tow.
Joining the onscreen couple in the cast are Rico Puno, Sandy Andolong, Jayson Gainza, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado, Joross Gamboa, Ketchup Eusebio, Eda Nolan, Ryan Bang, Eric Nicolas, and Mitoy Yonting.
"Home Sweetie Home" marks the second team-up of Lloydie and Toni after the juggernaut hit "My Amnesia Girl," a 2010 romantic-comedy movie directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis and Other Lucky and Unlucky Stars in Year of Wooden Horse
“The Bottomline With Boy Abunda” welcomes 2014 with fearless forecasts that reveal the luck and misfortunes in store for the Year of the Wooden Horse.
Watch out as feng shui master Marites Allen share her predictions about the fate of some of the biggest Kapamilya stars including Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, and Dawn Zulueta.
What blessings and bad luck will 2014 bring to Filipinos? Should the country prepare for more calamities this year?
Don’t miss the 2013 CMMA Best Talk Show and PMPC Best Public Affairs Program “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” this Saturday (January 4) night, after “Banana Split.”
For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.
Philippines Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is expected to create around 124,000 new full-time jobs this year.
"Based on sectoral projections, we are confident that BPO firms will be able to add an average of 124,000 well-paying jobs annually from 2014 to 2016, or a total of 372,000 new posts over the next three years," Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said in a statement.
Romulo said big BPO firms are expected to drive the creation of new jobs in the country.
"As they draw in more business, the super BPO firms can quickly scale up their activities here and hire extra staff, while reducing cost per unit of output owing to greater operational efficiency," he said.
At the same time, Romulo revealed the list of the country's 36 biggest BPO firms, based on 2012 revenues.
Marian Rivera and 8 Other Kapuso Stars to Watch Out For in 2014
2013 was a big year for Kapuso stars. The likes of Tom Rodriguez and Kim Rodriguez got their biggest career breaks through hit GMA shows, My Husband’s Lover and Kakambal ni Eliana, respectively. We also witnessed the comeback of the biggest names like Kapuso Primetime King, Dingdong Dantes in Genesis, Lovi Poe in Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas and Heart Evangelista in Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig?
This 2014, which GMA Network actors and actresses will push the envelope and make a splash? GMANetwork.com came up with this list of Kapuso stars to watch out for!
7. Max Collins
She captivated us with her charm in Coffee Prince (Philippine Version) and made us cry buckets in Pahiram ng Sandali. Now, the ever-versatile Kapuso actress will be giving her all as she takes on yet another career milestone. The mestiza actress will be headlining the upcoming series, Enamorata. It will be exciting to see this Kapuso leading lady give her uniquely Max Collins spin to her newest role!
6. Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez
This talented pair succeeded in capturing our hearts as Gabo and Eliana in Kakambal ni Eliana. Now, the adorable love team is back to take things a notch higher in upcoming GMA Afternoon Prime series, Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw. Both Kristoffer and Kim have mentioned in their interviews that they will be breathing life into more mature roles for the project. Isn’t that intriguing?
5. Aljur Abrenica
In 2013, he made ladies scream at the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. He won as Best Performer numerous times in Sunday All Stars and showcased his singing and dancing talents through his Come and Get Me concert. He also reunited with his eleven-time on-screen partner, Kris Bernal in Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko. This 2014, nothing can stop Aljur Abrenica from his rise to the top. He will be coming out with a new album and a new series with a new love team. He will be paired with Louise de los Reyes for the first time in Kambal Sirena. With so much in store for Aljur, it seems that the hunky Kapuso star has no other choice but to shine.
4. Louise de los Reyes
From Alakdana to Mundo Mo’y Akin, Louise de los Reyes has always had a knack for challenging and off-beat roles. In what could be her most challenging role to date, the Kapuso actress will be donning a fish tail and will be playing twins in upcoming GMA Telebabad series, Kambal Sirena. She will also be having a new love team in the person of Kapuso hunk, Aljur Abrenica. Watch Louise break boundaries and take the plunge!
3. Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras
It has been four long years since the two were paired together on-screen. The fact remains that though they are no longer together in real life, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras have a spark that never fades. In what could be considered an answered prayer, the two will be having an on-screen reunion via the dark, intriguing and enigmatic GMA Telebabad series, Rhodora X. Exploring the human psyche, Rhodora X is another groundbreaking TV offering from GMA. Mark and Jennylyn playing a married couple in the series will defnitely leave everyone clamoring for more.
2. Alden Richards
We’ve seen him all cutesy and adorable in Tween Hearts. Then, he became the knight in shining armor in Alakdana, One True Love and Mundo Mo’y Akin. Still, he was a good boy in our eyes. The good news is the good boy will now be turning bad, sort of. After stripping down to his boxers in the Cosmo Bachelor Bash, Alden now takes it to the next level in Carmela. More toned, mature and hunky, he will be paired with no less than the Kapuso Primetime Queen, Marian Rivera. Alden Richards version 2014 will rock your socks off.
1. Marian Rivera
Television’s most stunning is back. She’s not just Marimar, Dyesebel and Darna. Now, she will breathe life into the arrestingly beautiful, Carmela. Carmela is the girl that all men love and all women love to hate. Could it be that her beauty is her curse? Watch the one and only Kapuso Primetime Queen do what she does best in this series. Also, she will be paired with Kapuso hunk, Alden Richards. Promising and 100% worth watching out for! - GMANetwork.com
"The Legal Wife" Full Trailer Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, JC de Vera and Maja Salvador
ABS-CBN, on New Year's day, released the full trailer of its much-awaited primetime drama series "The Legal Wife" with the big TV comeback of award-winning actress Angel Locsin.
Featuring a stellar cast of multi-talented actors that includes Jericho Rosales, JC de Vera, Rio Locsin, Joem Bascon, Christopher de Leon and Maja Salvador, The Legal Wife is under the direction of Rory B. Quintos and Dado Lumibao.
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