Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mystery Girl Steals Lips-to-Lips Kiss from Daniel Padilla


A mystery girl, some believed to be a die-hard fan, pulled a fast kiss on Daniel Padilla's lips in front of other fans while singing Rey Valera's "Kumusta Ka" on ASAP 19 as part of his promotion for upcoming birthday concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. 

Quickly after the incident, the #RespectDJslips hashtag became the number one topic on Twitter Philippine trends. It also landed fifth on the site's Worldwide Trends.

“Grabe naman talaga. #RespectDJsLips,” said one.

“Ang kay BERNARDO ay kay BERNARDO!” added another, referring to Daniel's onscreen partner Kathryn Bernardo.

Another called out, “TO ALL FANS OUT THERE! #RespectDJsLips PLEASE?”

Yet another commented, "CHEEEH!!!! insecure lang kayo.. if i know you'll do the same thing if there's a chance.. mga epokrita!!! hahaha."

Then again, there are those who deem the reaction excessive, if pointless.

Believing “what's done cannot be undone”, one said, “I think KathNiel fans should accept what happened and leave the girl alone. Masyadong OA eh. #RespectDJsLips.”

The Legal Wife Shirts On Sale at ABS-CBN Store

The Legal Wife Shirts On Sale at ABS-CBN Store

The Legal Wife t-shirts now on sale at ABSCBN Store located at the ELJ Building for only P250. It is high time you buy one for your husband now!

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Warner Bros. Pictures Releases Teaser Trailer for Teen Romantic Movie "If I Stay"

Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed the teaser trailer for its upcoming teen, supernatural drama “If I Stay” starring Chloe Grace Moretz.  

Watch the trailer below:

Based on Gayle Forman's young adult bestseller, "If I Stay" is the story of the gifted classical musician Mia (Moretz) and her boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident.

With her family decimated, Mia lies comatose in a hospital — having an out-of-body experience. She watches as she’s told that living or dying “is all up to you; whatever fight you got in you, gotta pull it out now.”

“If I Stay” is directed by R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue”) from a script by Shauna Cross (“Whip It”).

Opening across the Philippines on September 3, 2014, “If I Stay” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company. 

Barbie Hsu Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu, known to the Philippines as Shan Cai of "Meteor Garden," gives birth to a baby girl she called "Little Shan Cai" on Thursday, April 24.

The 37-year-old actress Taiwanese actress who is married to businessman Wang Xiaofei, gave birth by cesarean section at 3:30 p.m. at a hospital in Taipei.

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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Newest Trailer

For the first time, the mutant worlds of the first three X-Men movies and the new, younger versions of our heroes from 2011’s successful First Class are on screen in one film. With Bryan Singer back directing, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" promises an adventure like nothing we have seen before.

The future is dark for the heroes of the X-Men saga in “Days of Future Past.” A years-long world conflict between humans and mutants has taken its toll on their numbers, and now a scant few remain, including Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Driven to near extinction by the technological terrors unleashed by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the team forms a desperate plan: time travel.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (3D) will open May 21 in Phils. theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Peter Pan The Movie Stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Levi Miller

Principal photography will begin April 28 on Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Peter Pan feature from director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”).

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny - to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

The film stars Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar® nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.

Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”) rounds out the cast as Mary, alongside Jack Charles (“Mystery Road”) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na (“The Kick”) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (“Son of God,” “Atonement”) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (“Skyfall”) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV’s “In the Name of the Children”) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.

Wright is directing the as-yet-untitled Peter Pan adventure from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.

Filming will take place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. The film is set for a worldwide release on July 17, 2015. 

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII Canonization Live Stream

ABS-CBN will take Filipinos to this year’s biggest religious event with a special week-long, multi-platform coverage of the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with special features leading to the canonization ceremony on Sunday (April 27).

This week, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez and the ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau Team led by Danny Buenafe have been delivering special reports on the life of the two Popes, their roots, priesthood and papacy, miracles, legacy, and devotion to the Lord and His flock.

The historic event will be covered by ABS-CBN on TV, cable TV, radio, and online.  The actual canonization ceremony, meanwhile, will be aired live from the Vatican City at 4 PM on ABS-CBN.  The special coverage of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) will be anchored by Karmina Constantino and will be streamed live on beginning 3PM.  DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta and DZMM TeleRadyo will also give non-stop updates on the event starting at 2 PM.

The main canonization ceremony will be aired in full by ANC, DZMM, and Aside from the latest developments from the Vatican, ABS-CBN will provide live reports from the Araneta Coliseum and the Pope John Paul II Chapel in Eastwood where special masses and tributes will be held.

Get the latest updates on the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on all ABS-CBN News platforms – ABS-CBN Channel 2, ANC (SkyCable Channel 27), DZMM Rayo Patrol Sais Trenta and DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26), and Follow @ABSCBNNews, @ANCALERTS, and @DZMMTeleRadyo on Twitter.

ABS-CBN Reporter Ryan Chua Admits Gay Relationship with Sebastian Castro

ABS-CBN field reporter Ryan Chua revealed he is in relationship with model-recording artist and HIV/AIDS advocate Sebastian Castro.

The proud gay couple posted on their individual Instagram accounts, a photo of them kissing with caption, "“no one makes me happier than this guy.”

Watch the video below:

Video: AdamsApple on YouTube

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Gab Valenciano and His America's Got Talent Audition Video

Gab Valenciano, son of Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan, who is currently living in the US to pursue international singing career, has auditioned for America's Got Talent Season 9. 

Watch his audition video (show teasser) below:

America's Got Talent Season 9 is set to premiere on May 27, with returning judges Howard Stern, Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. The NBC show is hosted by Nick Cannon. 

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Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin "Maybe This Time" Movie Trailer

Sarah Geronimo reunite with her "1dol" leading man Coco Martin in a Star Cinema and Viva Films co-produced romantic-comedy movie "Maybe This Time" under the direction of Jerry Lopez Sineneng.
Watch the teaser trailer below:

Joining Sarah and Coco in the movie are Ruffa Gutierrez, Dennis Padilla, Buboy Garovillo, Sharmaine Buencamino, Tony Mabesa, Ogie Diaz, Marlann Flores, Zeppi Borromeo, Alex Castro, Minnie Aguilar, Kathleen Hermosa, Garlic Garcia, Cecil Paz and Devon Seron.

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TV5 "Happy Sa Summer" Comedy Shows Plug (Video)

TV5 unveiled “Happy Sa Summer” plug featuring the stars of its comedy programs “Tropa Mo Ko Unli” which airs every Saturday at 7:15pm and “Wow Mali Pa Rin” on Sunday at 8:15pm.

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Pinoy Big Brother All-In Housemates Revealed


Follow the lives of the newest batch of housemates inside PBB House HERE.

An all-in package of exciting new experiences, twists, and surprises is set to engage viewers with the much-anticipated comeback of the phenomenal reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” this Sunday (April 27).

The newest edition titled “PBB All In” will feature housemates aged 15 to 30 years old who will live together inside the famous “PBB” house and will face tough challenges in 100 days.

It will be hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats, Robi Domingo, and newest addition, Alex Gonzaga.

But even before the grand kick-off on Sunday night, some housemates will be introduced to the viewers in “ASAP 19” and “Buzz ng Bayan.”

Viewers can never really expect anything because what happens inside the ‘PBB’ house is always unexpected. We’re just as excited as them. We look forward to what will happen, the new tasks, the clash of different personalities,” said Toni.

Toni has hosted “PBB” since its first regular season, but remains excited, knowing that the show always has something new to offer.

I was only 21 when I joined ‘PBB.’ It’s no longer a job for me; it’s already my second family. I’ve matured and grown not only as a host but as a person,” she added.

Bianca, like Toni, has been a face of the show for several seasons. “The challenge for us hosts is to keep people interested and keep it relevant. It gets easier in the sense that we know what the program is all about, but challenging in the sense that we should please people since they’ve already seen everything,” shared Bianca.

We’ve already had ten editions, so somehow, other housemates think they know how to play the game. With the new season, we want to bring back the rawness from season one and the genuine mix of housemates,” stated Bianca, who has hosted “PBB” since its first teen edition.

Bianca will again be joining John and Robi, along with newbie Alex in “Uber,” which will air on weekday afternoons on Kapamilya Gold.

John quipped, “We were surprised by our chemistry in ‘Uber.’ We took on certain roles that were developed only while we were doing the show. Our personalities really jived. That they’re bringing back ‘Uber’ only means that we did something successful.

Robi attributes their chemistry to them being former housemates who can relate to the goings-on inside the “PBB” house. Robi was the second placer in the show’s second teen edition, while Bianca and John joined its first celebrity edition.

Other people won’t ever understand what the housemates go through, only ex-housemates can. It’s always wonderful to bring back our memories inside the house,” Robi said.

Alex, meanwhile, shared she is beyond enthusiastic to finally be a part of “PBB” especially that she’s been a fan of the show since its first season.

I’m happy that I’m part of PBB’s return. I enjoy watching it because as a person, I’m a natural ‘chismosa,’ so before, I would always ask Ate Toni what happened in the confession room, what wasn’t shown on TV,” Alex revealed.

Viewers and netizens are also expected to get even more involved in the show with its highly interactive components on social media.

“PBB All In” made history by staging Philippine television’s first ever multi-platform auditions, drawing thousands of aspiring housemates in its on-ground auditions in different parts of the country, online auditions, and the fast track option through ABS-CBNmobile.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Pinoy Big Brother All In” Sunday night (April 27) live on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, just follow @PBBabscbn on Twitter, or like Use the hashtag #PBBALLIN when posting your comments online.

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TV5 Airs Live and Full Coverage of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II Dual Canonization this Divine Mercy Sunday

In solidarity with the Filipino people and the rest of the Catholic faith, TV5 defers from its usual programming this Sunday to give up-to-latest news on the canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II straight from the Vatican.

'The Canonization: John XXIII and John Paul II ' will be aired LIVE from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on TV5 and from 3:30 to 6:00 pm on Aksyon TV, before returning to usual programming by 7:30 pm. New5's veteran news anchor Erwin Tulfo will report LIVE from the Vatican, while Cheri Mercado  and Paolo Bediones man the studio from News5's headquarters in Reliance.

Blessed Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) is known to have a special place in his heart for the Filipino people. Known also as “The Traveling Pope”, he visited the Philippines twice: first in 1981, and another in 1995 on the occasion of World Youth Day – a privilege enjoyed only by few other countries. The latter was attended by five million people, proving that the love was mutual.

Blessed John XXIII, meanwhile, is known by many as “The Good Pope”. During his pontificate, he called for the Second Vatican Council in order to address the issues faced by the Church in the modern world. Vatican II institutionalized changes that reshaped the face of Catholicism, including the use of the vernacular in the liturgy, a stronger emphasis on ecumenical dialogues, and a new approach to the world.

On April 30, 2000, John Paul II declared the second Sunday of Easter as the Divine Mercy Sunday, emphasizing the devotion to the Divine Mercy of Christ. The beloved pontiff, who died on April 2005 on the vigil of the Divine Mercy Sunday, was beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011, by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

The ceremony to sainthood of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be celebrated by Pope Francis this Sunday, April 27, 2014, and the Filipino people will again be part of this momentous event through TV5’s live coverage.

Dwayne Johnson's Earthquake Film "San Andreas" Filming Begins

Principal photography begins Tuesday, April 22, on location in Australia for “San Andreas,” starring Dwayne Johnson.  The action thriller from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”           

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.  But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

The film also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”) and Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), as well as Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”) and Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”).

“San Andreas” is being produced by Beau Flynn (“Hercules,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”).  Tripp Vinson (“Red Dawn”) will also serve as producer.  Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Rob Cowan and Bruce Berman are the executive producers, and Hiram Garcia is co-producer.  The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse and Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes, story by Jeremy Passmore & Andre Fabrizio.  

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Steve Yedlin (“Looper”), production designer Barry Chusid (“The Day After Tomorrow”), editor Bob Ducsay (upcoming “Godzilla”), VFX producer Randall Starr (upcoming “Into the Storm”), VFX supervisor Colin Strause (“The Avengers”), and costume designer Wendy Chuck (“Twilight”). 

“San Andreas” is slated to open worldwide beginning Friday, June 5, 2015.

The film will be shot on location in The Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, “San Andreas” is a FlynnPictureCo. Production.  It will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

TV Ratings April 5 - 11: The Legal Wife Zooms from 9th to 3rd Spot in Mega Manila

Here is the Top 10 rating performance of GMA-7, ABS-CBN and TV5 programs from April 5 to 11, 2014 according to AGB Nielsen Philippines Mega Manila household ratings:

April 7, 2014 (Monday)


    Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.1%
    Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 17.2%
    Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 16.2%
    Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN) - 15.5%
    It's Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 15%
    Fairy Tail (GMA-7) - 14.9%
    The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) - 14.4%
    The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 13%
    Villa Quintana (GMA-7) - 12.4%
    Inuyasha (GMA-7) - 12.1%


    Carmela (GMA-7) - 24.6%
    Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) - 23.1%
    Rhodora X (GMA-7) - 22.4%
    Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) - 22.2%
    Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 21.2%
    A 100-Year Legacy (GMA-7) - 20.8%
    TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.3%
    24 Oras (GMA-7) - 19.9%
    The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
    Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN) - 15.1%

April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)


    Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.2%
    The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) - 19.8%
    Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 18.5%
    Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN)  - 18.2%
    Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 17.2%
    Fairy Tail (GMA-7) - 17.1%
    Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 16.7%
    It's Showtime (ABS-CBN)  - 15.8%
    Inuyasha (GMA-7) - 15.3%
    Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 15.2%


    Carmela (GMA-7) - 25.2%
    Rhodora X (GMA-7) - 22.2%
    Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) - 22%
    Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) - 21.9%
    Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
    24 Oras (GMA-7) - 20.5%
    The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN) - 20.2%
    TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
    A 100-Year Legacy (GMA-7) - 20%
    Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN) - 15.5%

April 9, 2014 (Wednesday)


    Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.5%
    Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 18.4%
    Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 18.2%
    Fairy Tail (GMA-7) - 17.8%
    Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) - 17.1%
    Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN) - 17%
    It's Showtime (ABS-CBN)  - 16.3%
    Inuyasha (GMA-7) - 15.9%
    The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
    Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 14.6%


    Carmela (GMA-7) - 24.1%
    Rhodora X (GMA-7) - 21.6%
    Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
    Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) - 21.3%
    24 Oras (GMA-7) - 20.7%
    A 100-Year Legacy (GMA-7) / Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 20.4%
    TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.7%
    The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
    Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
    Mirabella (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%

April 10, 2014 (Thursday)


    Eat Bulaga!  (GMA-7) - 20.7%
    Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) / The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) - 17.5%
    Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 17.4%
    Fairy Tail (GMA-7) - 17.2%
    Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 17%
    Inuyasha (GMA-7) - 17%
    Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN) - 15.9%
    It's Showtime (ABS-CBN)  - 15.6%
    Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 15.4%
    Villa Quintana (GMA-7) - 14.6%


    Carmela (GMA-7) - 26.8%
    Rhodora X (GMA-7) - 24.4%
    Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) - 23.2%
    Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) - 23%
    Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 22.8%
    A 100-Year Legacy (GMA-7) - 21.9%
    The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
    TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
    24 Oras (GMA-7) - 19.2%
    Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%

April 11, 2014 (Friday)


    Eat Bulaga!  (GMA-7) - 19.4%
    Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN) - 17.5%
    Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 16.8%
    Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
    Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 16.2%
    It's Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 16.1%
    The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) - 16%
    Fairy Tail (GMA-7) - 15.4%
    Villa Quintana (GMA-7) - 14.4%
    Inuyasha (GMA-7) - 14.3%


    Carmela (GMA-7) - 23.5%
    Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 21.7%
    The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN) - 21%
    Rhodora X (GMA-7) - 20.9%
    Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) - 20.7%
    Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 20.5%
    Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) - 20.2%
    24 Oras (GMA-7) - 18.9%
    TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 17.6%
    Aquino & Abunda Tonight (ABS-CBN) - 15%

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Beyonce Leads Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

Beyonce leads this year's TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People as she covers this year's edition of the much-awaited list. 

“Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table, she builds a better one. She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.” Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said of the 32 year-old world-famous singer.

The list also includes CLICK HERE.

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"Tropa Mo Ko Unli" Dubai and Abu Dhabi Invasion Airs on TV5 this Saturday

The wacky cast of the TV5’s weekly gag show Tropa Mo Ko Unli recently brought a storm of laughter and delightful memories to kapatids in the Middle East with two successful shows held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which were attended by a jam-packed crowd of excited Overseas Filipinos including the Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Grace Relucio-Princesa.

Set to air in two special episodes starting this Saturday, the Tropa Mo Ko Unli Middle East invasion highlights the signature comedic antics and riotous humor of the unli-fun cast led by Ogie Alcasid, Gelli de Belen, Alwyn Uytingco, Tuesday Vargas, Wendell Ramos, Empoy, Ritz Azul, Edgar Allan Guzman, Valeen Montenegro, with special guest Iwa Moto.

Friends and relatives of Overseas Filipinos in the Middle East will surely be delighted to see how our kapatids in Abu Dhabi and Dubai were at the edge of their seats most especially during the performances of their favorite Tropa Mo Ko Unli segments, such as Singing Biik, Corny Maybe, Laysa May Toyo, and Paminta 101. 

Both live shows had the whole audience in a celebratory mood, especially when some of the cast members went off the stage for a number of surprise performances. The female audience could not get their hands off both Wendell Ramos and Edgar Allan Guzman, as both hunks serenaded them. Meanwhile, Tuesday Vargas’ infectious personality kept everyone in high spirits as she threw impromptu spiels and jokes with some male audience members. To cap it all off, Ogie Alcasid treated everyone to a mini-concert by belting out some of his classic and all-time favorite hits.


TV5 International President and CEO Claro Carmelo  Ramirez shared, “For the past 3 years, we have brought TV5’s best programs to every Filipino household in this region, and we wanted to take this opportunity to make their viewing experience even more enjoyable and memorable by bringing to Dubai and Abu Dhabi some of TV5’s most sought-after and popular stars for the viewers to meet in person. This is just our little gesture of saying thank you to all our Kapatids in the Middle East for making this very important company milestone a reality.”

In addition, viewers should definitely look out for the signature spoof segment of funnyman Empoy as, this time, he takes on the popular Hollywood blockbuster film 300: Rise of an Empire and puts his own, unique spin to it. The special segment, entitled 300: Rise on an Empoy, was especially shot on location in one of Middle East’s picturesque deserts and will definitely be one the must-watch segments of the episode.

The special Middle Eastern summer invasion of Tropa Mo Ko Unli will premiere this Saturday, April 26 at 7:15pm and will continue on May 3 at the same time, airing only on TV5.

Can The Legal Wife Be Friends with The Other Woman?

Cheating – relationships’ most unwanted factor the world over has never been been this poignantly real and funny in the upcoming movie “The Other Woman” starred in by Hollywood’s haute women – Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

Carly Whitten (Diaz) is a tough-as-nails New York lawyer with a strict set of rules when it comes to men and relationships. When she meets Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she lets her guard down and begins to fall for him. A spontaneous, surprise visit to King’s Connecticut home goes awry when Carly discovers that Mark has a wife, Kate (Mann).  A devoted super-housewife, Kate is shocked that Mark has been cheating on her, and Carly is furious to learn that Mark is a married man. But instead of directing their outrage toward one another, Carly and Kate slowly begin to bond over their joint enemy, and, with help from Amber (Upton), a third woman caught up in Mark’s lies, they conspire to give him what he deserves.  As their strategies become more ingenious, their bond grows stronger.

Diaz was immediately attracted to the story and its fresh look at how women relate to one another in the face of unusual circumstances: “I thought it was such an interesting concept.  When Carly realizes that Mark is married, she doesn’t want to have anything to do with him or the wife.  But here’s this other woman, Kate, who is asking for her help, and there’s no way she cannot help her.

I just thought that is a beautiful thing,” Diaz continues.  “It’s about friendship and about women. What I also loved about the script is that it wasn’t man-bashing and it wasn’t about revenge. It’sabout a journey that these women take with one another to learn about themselves.  The three women’s lives are so different that their paths would have never crossed under normal circumstances. And because they have this thing in common, they come together and become a team.  What they do to Mark is more to reveal who he is rather than to be vengeful on him.  I thought all of those things were unique and a lot of fun to bring to life.

Leslie Mann, who portrays suburban über-homemaker Kate, has, says producer Julie Yorn, “this archetypal suburban wife thing with just a little pathos under the surface that could come undone.  We always thought there was an unexpected quality to this tightly wound character, and Leslie really made that come alive.”

Mann describes Kate as “living in a bubble. She’s learned one way of doing things, and it’s all about serving her husband and making him happy.  I think she’s lost herself in that process.  So when Kate finds out he’s cheating, her whole world falls apart until she finds these women who help her grow and rebuild herself.” 

Writer Melissa Stack notes the important differences between Mann’s Kate and Diaz’ Carly:  “Kate is Carly’s opposite; she’s an outer softy and an inner hard ass.  It’s that journey where both Kate and Carly are getting in touch with the inner part of themselves that has maybe been a little bit swept to the side.” 

It can never be predicted if two actors will have good chemistry on or off screen, but the Diaz-Mann dynamic worked from the start. The two actresses found a groove and were able to improvise and make each other laugh from the first day of filming. 

Mann explains their synergy by comparing it to music: “There are certain people who have an ear for comedy. It’s like a song and a rhythm, so when you’re doing comedy, if the other person isn’t hearing the same thing as you are, it just lays there and dies. Cameron hears the same thing as I do.  We can pick up where the other one lets off and it’s like a good give-and-take.  And Kate Upton has that, too.  She knows how to play things and she’s super-smart.

For the role of Amber, the third woman deceived by Mark, Yorn considered a number of actresses, but in securing Kate Upton, the producer ended up where she started.  Yorn explains: “Initially, we used Kate as the loose prototype of the character, never thinking we were actually going to get her.  But she came in and she was just so disarming.  The key to that role was that you have to hate her when you first see her, at least a little bit, and then love her when you get to know her.  She fits the bill so well for both of those situations.” 

Stack marveled at the similarities between the character Amber and Kate Upton the person.  “Kate is such a bombshell but she’s very sweet,” says the screenwriter. “Kate has this lightness and a kind way about her that is perfect for Amber. That was always who we all hoped Amber would be.”

Upton enjoyed her first major acting role under the tutelage of Diaz and Mann.  “I am so lucky to have one of my first movies to be with Leslie and Cameron,” she says.  “They’re so inspiring.”

“The Other Woman” is a very funny and authentic film examining the value of female camaraderie that will open on May 7 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

“Four Sisters and a Wedding” Premieres on Cinema One this Sunday

Filipino comedy-drama film “Four Sisters and a Wedding,” launched as part of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary is finally reaching out to Pinoy families everywhere as it makes its Philippine television premiere this Sunday (April 27) on Cinema One.

“Four Sisters and a Wedding” features Star Cinema’s most prominent young female actresses, namely Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga, Angel Locsin, and Shaina Magdayao; who all received Best Supporting Actress awards at the recent Gawad PASADO Awards for their respective performances in the film.

The four play four sisters–all already having grown up and even apart through distance and careers. After having formed their own lives, they are once again brought together when their youngest brother (Enchong Dee) decides to get married. Heading home from different places, some even countries apart, the sisters get together once more to meet their youngest brother’s wife-to-be. When that finally happens, first impressions lead them to unite under the plot of putting a stop to the marriage–but in this process, they achieve much more than that and they realize the unshakable value of what it means to be a family.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Four Sisters and a Wedding” also stars Sam Milby, Coney Reyes, Angeline Quinto, Carmi Martin, Boboy Garovillo, Janus del Prado, Bernard Palanca, Vangie Labalan, Joy Viado, Cecil Paz, and Samantha Faytaren.

Apart from winning in the Gawad PASADO Awards, “Four Sisters and a Wedding” also received ten other nominations in the Star Awards for Movies.

Don’t miss the television premiere of “Four Sisters and a Wedding,” hitting small screens this Sunday (April 27) at 8:00pm with a replay airing on Monday (April 28) at 9:00pm on the country’s number one cable channel, Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56). For updates, visit and like Cinema One on Facebook (

Warner Bros. Announces The Hobbit Final Film "The Battle of the Five Armies"

Warner Bros Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced today that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide (including the Philippines) on December 17, 2014.

Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced - after all, Bilbo has already arrived ‘there’ in the ‘The Desolation of Smaug.’ When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.”

“The Hobbit” Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” 

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.  The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton,  Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, editor Jabez Olssen and composer Howard Shore. The costumes are designed by Richard Taylor, Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey. Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop. Oscar®-winning visual effects studio Weta Digital is again handling the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. The hair and makeup designer is Peter Swords King. The conceptual designers are John Howe and Alan Lee. Eric Saindon is the visual effects supervisor, with David Clayton serving as animation supervisor. 

Under Jackson’s direction, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington. 

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” As with the first two films in the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

Daniel Padilla, Kim Chiu, Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin Birthday Celebration this Sunday on “ASAP 19”


“ASAP 19” brings viewers four times the fun as it caps off the month of April with spectacular birthday bashes for April celebrants Daniel Padilla, Kim Chiu, Angel Locsin, and Luis Manzano this Sunday (April 27).

Expect a bigger, grander, and more exciting show on the “ASAP” stage as Daniel headlines ASAP Fans Day with special guest Kathryn Bernardo for some “PINASMILE” moments.

Indulge your curiosity as “Pinoy Big Brother All In” hosts Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats, and Robi Domingo give you the first of the many unexpected surprises the reality show will offer: the heart-racing reveal of two of ‘Kuya’s’ new housemates.

Dance to the beat with Enrique Gil together with The Ateneo Lady Eagles, witness the sexiest dance treats from Jessy Mendiola, Bangs Garcia, and Maja Salvador with models Hideo Muraoka, Sam Adjani, Laxi Villar, and Brent Javier.

Get ready for special Supahdance performances with Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Rayver Cruz, Iya Villania, Shaina Magdayao, Gerald Anderson, and Gab Valenciano, with teen stars Nash Aguas, Alexa Ilacad, Sharlene San Pedro, Jairus Aquino Andrea Brillantes and Bugoy Cariño.

Meanwhile, enjoy an extravaganza of spectacular musical acts, from a concert spectacle with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, the ASAP Sessions with MCoy of Orange and Lemons, Aiza Seguerra, Tutti Caringal, Richard Poon, Paolo Valenciano, and Sam Milby,top-caliber vocal performances from ZsaZsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, Lani Misalucha, Charice, Bamboo, Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Jed Madela, Angeline Quinto, Morissette Amon, and Klarisse De Guzman.

Also, watch out as Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano kicks off the 20th anniversary celebration of The Filipino Channel.

Party this Sunday with the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 19,” this Sunday, 12:15nn, on ABS-CBN.

For viewers who want to purchase ASAP official merchandise, simply visit the ABS-CBN Store located at the ground floor of ELJ building in Quezon City, or and

Visit to hang-out live with stars at ASAP Chill-Out. Also join the fun at “ASAP 18′s” official social networking accounts at, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 19” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPGaling.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tina Paner, Iwa Moto and Shalala: Who Will Become the Next "Celebrity Dance Battle Cycle 2" Grand Finalist?

The dance stage of Celebrity Dance Battle Cycle 2 will sizzle this Saturday night, April 26, as the three remaining celebrity contestants battle it out for in a night of extreme and intense ballroom dancing.

Tina Paner, Iwa Moto and Shalala will hit the dance floor once again this this Saturday together with their dance partners to fight for a slot in the Top 2 of Celebrity Dance Battle Cycle 2. In the past episode, ‘80s star Tina Paner has proven that she hasn’t lost her flair for dancing. Celebrity Dance Battle judges were left in awe seeing Tina Paner strut her way on the dance arena reminiscent of her teenybopper days. For her part, Iwa Moto has shown Kapatid viewers that she is indeed back in shape as she does her signature seductive moves. Lastly, one of the biggest revelations among the contestants of Celebrity Dance Battle is TV personality Shalala who continuously amazes the viewers every time he renders his ballroom stunts.  

The Celebrity Dance Battle judges – Dance Guru Douglas Nierras, Dancing Queen Edna Ledesma, Dance Diva G. Toengi and America’s Next Top Model Runner-up Allison Harvard – will definitely have a hard time picking the top two pairs who will do the much-awaited dance off  in the upcoming Cycle 2 Finals.  

Adding more fun in this Saturday’s Celebrity Dance Battle episode is the birthday celebration of the Semerad twins, Anthony and David. Both hunks will be making girls and gays swoon when they take to the dance floor for their special production number. This celebration will surely be twice the fun and excitement as the Semerad twins receive greetings from surprise guests.

Hosted by THE one and only Dance Goddess of Philippine television, Ms. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Celebrity Dance Battle airs on TV5 every Saturday at 7:45pm.

Andrew Garfield Creates a "Spider-Man" Like No Other in the Movie's Second Installment

Returning to the role of Peter Parker is Andrew Garfield, the BAFTA-winning actor who creates a new vision for the role in Columbia Pictures' “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

It’s hard to be Peter Parker, but it’s great to be Spider-Man,” says Garfield. “As Peter Parker, he has all of the same problems that we all have – girl problems, money problems. But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release. He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy and saving people. He takes joy and pleasure in it, and a playfulness comes out of him.”

Producer Avi Arad says that the role is quite complicated. Spider-Man is capable of so much that Peter Parker couldn’t do, but the heart of the character is always Peter. “Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created an incredibly complex character – the actor basically has to play two roles, Peter Parker and Spider-Man,” says Arad. “But Andrew can do it all – he’s the best actor I’ve seen in years. He has all of the humanity, he can create the conflict and the drama, he can even do all of the stunts that we’ll let him do. He’s such an amazing young man. To top it all off, Andrew has both a mental and a physical sense of humor, which is the true embodiment of Spider-Man.

Garfield was eager to return to the role for many reasons – not least of which is the fact that he’s a huge fan of the character. “I know how important it is to be a fan. I know what Spider-Man can do for kids – and for people who aren’t kids anymore,” he says. “For anyone who encounters the character, who has an affinity for him, it’s so reassuring when it’s done right. No matter what problems you have in your life, Spider-Man is there as evidence that you can get through it – because Peter Parker has all the problems of a kid, and he’s getting through it, too. He’s reaching out his hand to tell you it’ll be okay.

The actor sees Spider-Man as the ultimate protector of the underdog. “He has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and heroic impulse, but he has this deeply felt sense of justice,” Garfield explains. “That’s not something you can learn – you’re born that way.”

Garfield says that the filmmakers opened up the character much more in this film – harking back to the original characterization in the comic books. “Peter Parker trips over his own two feet, but Spider-Man can trip anybody up. He’s a trickster,” says Garfield. “One of the defining characteristics of the trickster is they turn their enemies’ weaknesses against themselves – rather than throwing punches and kicks, they are making their opponents beat themselves.

To pull it off, Garfield trained and practiced and studied the masters. “Cal McCrystal was our ‘Clown Deviser’ – our name for a physical comedy consultant. There were certain scenes, certain ideas, that came directly out of conversations that I’d had with Cal. And I love Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton – I admire that skill. We had an opportunity to explore that as Spider-Man has the same kind of physical foolishness.”

Still, even as Spider-Man has to face the prospect of multiple villains uniting against him, Peter is sorting out what he’s going to do about the most important part of his life – Gwen Stacy. Peter hasn’t forgotten the promise he made to Captain Stacy, but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. “Peter and Gwen are giving it a go,” says Garfield. “For better or worse, Peter has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. It’s hard for him to live with himself by breaking that promise, but impossible for him to live without her. He’s dealing with the guilt of a broken promise, but there’s also a destiny between them that they can’t deny. He’s a torn, confused young man trying to figure out the best thing to do.”


Opening across the Philippines on April 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and 2D formats, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

TV5 Probes on the Mystery of Philippine Medical Plants this Saturday on "Yaman Ng Bayan"

This Saturday, “Yaman ng Bayan”, News5’s special monthly documentary series, gives an in-depth look into the country’s abundance of medicinal plants and how these can be a major source of wealth for the Philippines, especially with a steadily growing world-wide demand for such.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) estimated that back in 2007, the natural and herbal industry earned about $600 million, and this continues to grow by the year. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) also conducted a study that showed 80% of the world’s population is dependent on various herbal medicines.

In the Philippines, however, although it is known to have about 1,500 different species of plants classified as medicinal, only 10 have been approved as such by the Department of Health (DOH).

News5 Chief Luchi Cruz Valdes will be hosting this episode of “Yaman ng Bayan” as she also features some of the individuals who attest to being healed by various herbal plants. Viewers will also be given a closer look into the science behind plants, as local scientists share firsthand how discovering new plants can lead not only to being the key to modern day diseases but can also be the ultimate cure to poverty in the Philippines.

In addition, viewers will be given an exclusive introduction to the Chamber of Herbal Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (CHIPI), which is an association that has over 50 of the leading companies in the Philippine natural and herbal industry, and which accounts for 70% of the local natural and herbal market in the Philippines.

The third episode of “Yaman ng Bayan”, entitled Halamang Gamot, will air this Saturday, April 26, 10:15pm on TV5.

May The 4th Be With You on Manila's "Star Wars" Day

The Philippines will join Star Wars fans all over the world (and galaxies far, far away) in celebrating Star Wars Day on May the 4th, 2014.  Everyone is encouraged to greet anyone, `May the 4th Be With You’ or don their favorite Star Wars costume, speak Yoda-ese, watch a Star Wars movie, hum John Williams’ unmistakable score or wield their lightsabers, with matching voice-generated sound effects.
But for those who want more officially-organized events, they can troop down to Resorts World Manila in Pasay on May 3 and 4 where the Philippine Outpost of 501st Legion (an international organization of Star Wars fans who wear the costumes of the villains) has lined-up interactive festivities for the public and fans alike.

Starting at 4PM on May 3, members of the 501st Legion will hold a costume parade inside the mall, to be followed by public picture-taking opportunities – here’s your chance to have your photos taken with Darth Vader, the stormtroopers and other Star Wars baddies.

There will also be contests such as “Bring-Me Star Wars Items” game, a costume contest for kids and a trivia quiz for teens and adults. A display of Star Wars collectibles from Sideshow and Hottoys will likewise run from May 1 to 15.  


Meanwhile, you may be asking, why is May the 4th Called Star Wars Day?

Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

Friday, May 4th

Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,” further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”
While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. The official blog at as well as the official Star Wars social media channels on Twitter (@starwars #StarWarsDay) and Facebook ( help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.

May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25th, 1977) and this year, principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence in May. The month also includes George Lucas’s birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort (this year, the fun begins on May 16th).

Godzilla, World's Most Revered Monster Hit PH Theaters on May 15

This May 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), and Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“The Bourne Legacy”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, story by David Callaham, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.


In his words, Edwards reveals how he approached shaping the character of Godzilla with all the latter’s personality and presence.

At the start of the process I felt that in some way we could decide and control who Godzilla was. And a strange thing that came from it was that, as we went along, you start to realize that Godzilla was going to tell us who he was, just like actors who have their own take on their characters. Strangely, we couldn’t totally dictate what it was going to be. It was more about just trying different ideas and permutations, and, of all the options, there was always one that was strongest. And slowly he revealed himself to us.

One of the conversations you get into with the animators quite often is they would say, 'If this was a real human, a real character, who would he be? And after thinking about it for a while, the thing we came up with was that he was sort of like the last Samurai. It was that idea of a lone, ancient warrior that would prefer to just not be part of the world if he could and be left alone, but events in the world force him to resurface.

It was very interesting with all these ideas, even designing his look. We have a set of instinctive reactions to animals that have evolved over millions of years, and you basically try different things until you feel the right emotion when you see Godzilla.

I wanted to get something that was very noble. And we tried the obvious things, like bear faces and dogs. But something that felt the most noble was a bird of prey, like an eagle. Eagles have their eyebrows very, very close to their nose, so we made his snout very high up, just near his brow line, and it gives him this look of nobility.

So, it was just trial and error. You try something and the strongest choice becomes clear, and before you know it, you’ve gone down this path and found Godzilla. But it wasn’t easy. I thought it was going to be an easy journey because, obviously, Godzilla has been in so many Japanese films. But, actually, it took us about a year to get the design right and to figure out his behavior as well. Is he an animal? Does he fight just like an animal or has he got more of a human-like nobility to him? There was always a fine line between making him too animalistic and making him too human.”

Slated to open across the Philippines on May 15, 2014, “Godzilla” is expected to be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

Getting In Touch with Your Loved Ones Abroad Made Easy with Smart Special Pinoy Roaming SIM

Filipinos heading abroad may now get in touch with their loved ones conveniently using a Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM, a special SIM that has pre-activated roaming and is able to receive text messages from the Philippines free of charge.

Now available with a new design for only PHP60, the Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM offers the widest roaming coverage for texts and calls at the most affordable rates for OFWs.

With the special SIM, OFWs stationed in over 100 countries may get in touch with their relatives anytime for as low as PHP20 pesos per text, while those working in top OFW destinations may call back home for as low as PHP35 per minute.

Smart has always recognized the sacrifices OFWs make just to provide for their family. With its low rates and extensive roaming coverage, the Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM aims to keep them inspired and motivated by keeping their communication lines to their families open,” said Ruth Ritumalta, Senior Manager for Smart Prepaid International Services.

Available in accredited Smart dealers worldwide, Smart Pinoy Roaming SIMs may be conveniently loaded up.

OFWs may also buy load online thru or avail of prepaid cards and e-pin vouchers in accredited dealers around the world.

Discounted rates with Txtipid and Talktipid Services

With a Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM or any Smart Prepaid SIM, OFWs may also enjoy discounted rates for text messages and calls to the Philippines using the Txtipid and Talktipid services.

A special service, Txtipid offers a low rate of PHP2.00 per message sent to Smart subscribers in the Philippines, and PHP10 to other networks. To avail of this service, Smart roamers may simply dial *133*[their desired denomination][#] and press Send. Txtipid load are available in denominations of P100, P150, P200 and P300, which offer 50, 75, 100 and 150 messages to the Philippines, respectively.

To send a message under Txtipid, subscribers only need to dial *133* followed by the 11-digit mobile number of the recipient and the number sign [#]. A flash window will shortly appear where subscribers may type in their message.

OFWs may also avail of TalkTipid, a web-based softphone that allows calls to Smart numbers in the Philippines for as low as PHP4.00 per minute. To enjoy this, Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM users only need to register on and avail of flexible buckets in denominations of PHP100, PHP300, PHP800 and PHP3,000, which allow a combination of calls and text messages online.

To know more about the Smart Pinoy Roaming SIM and its features, visit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Kim 24: The Journey" Birthday Special Video

Here is the teaser video for the Kim Chiu 24th birthday TV special showing a throwback snippets of Kim in Cebu in 2006 when she was auditioning for ABS-CBN’s teen reality series Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition.

"Kim24: The Journey" Birthday Special airs soon on ABS-CBN.

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Angel Locsin to Auction Her 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle for the Benefit of Sagip Kapamilya

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya auctions off the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle pre-loved and donated by actress Angel Locsin to help rebuild schools in typhoon Yolanda-stricken areas beginning Monday (April 21) via online bidding.

Angel has authorized Sagip Kapamilya to publicly auction her muscle car and appealed to car enthusiasts to support her cause to help victims of typhoon Yolanda.

In an interview with “Kris TV,” the ‘Legal Wife’ star revealed that she had always dreamt of owning a vintage Chevelle, so she went all the way to United States to purchase the car.

When asked why she decided to donate her dream car to charity, Angel said that she felt bad having such a luxurious car knowing that many people were suffering from the onslaught of the super typhoon.

For a minimum bid of P1 million, interested buyers may log on to Register and create your account and click on ‘place bid’ for your bids.

Auction runs from April 21 to April 30 only. The winning bidder will be announced. For more inquiries, visit the auction site or call 4114995 to schedule a viewing appointment.

Rhaine Pineda Wins P8K, You Too! Just by Posting Your Photos Online #WranglerSunChaser

With her amazing photo entry on last week's "Smell Nature" challenge, Rhaine Pineda (@rhainepineda) was able to rise above the other 500 entries to bring home a total cash voucher worth P8,000 and a chance to win a round trip ticket with accommodation to the country of her choice!

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Congratulations to Rhaine Pineda for Winning the #WranglerSunChaser Instagram Challenge for Week 1

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Last week, the #WranglerSunChaser Instagram challenge has theme “Smell Nature.” After almost 500 entries from the Philippines, the winner is Rhaine Pineda!
Here is Rhaine’s winning entry:
She won P8,000.00 worth of Wrangler Gift Certificates and she qualifies for the grand prize – a round trip ticket with accommodation to the country of her choice!


Just like Rhaine Pineda, you too can also have the chance to have that deserving feat by joining this week's  #WranglerSunChaser challenge with the theme “Stay Cool.

From April 21 to April 27, share you coolest photo on Instagram with hashtags #WranglerSunChaser #Philippines for a chance to win P8,000 of cash vouchers.

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