Friday, April 3, 2015

Why 'STUPID UGLY KATHNIEL FANS' Trends on Twitter; Nadine Lustre Reacts

Why 'STUPID UGLY KATHNIEL FANS' Trends on Twitter; Nadine Lustre Reacts

Do fans really need to sort to this kind of cheap online war to prove how badly they want their idols to trend online?

Just wondering.

And to whom do you think Nadine Lustre is addressing this Instagram post?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Video: ABS-CBN Summer Station ID 2015 "Shine, Pilipinas!"

Video: ABS-CBN Summer Station ID 2015 "Shine, Pilipinas!"

The Kapamilya network has released the teaser video for its much-anticipated summer station ID 2015 titled "Shine, Pilipinas!" as performed by one of the showbiz industry's hottest loveteams Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

Check out below:

Anne Curtis, Toni Gonzaga and Lea Salonga Look Fab, Bold, Limitless on the Cover of Major Fashion Magazines this April

Anne Curtis, Toni Gonzaga and Lea Salonga Look Fab, Bold, Limitless on the Cover of Major Fashion Magazines this April

Fab, Bold, Limitless - the words that best describe Kapamilya stars Lea Salonga, Toni Gonzaga and Anne Curtis as they appear in different fashion magazines this April.

Lea is the April cover star of Metro Magazine. Wearing a flowy dress, the "Voice of the Philippines" coach is seen posing on a yacht for the summer-themed issue.

Toni, meanwhile, "makes a bold statement" in Preview Magazine. The Kapamilya host-actress sports a matching checkered top and bottom for the art-themed edition of the magazine.

Dubbed "confident, unstoppable and limitless," Anne is Mega Magazine's muse for its latest issue. On the cover, she seen seated wearing a sheer top matched with a moss green dress.

Never out of style, the perfect match to the sizzling summer heat is the confident, limitless and unstoppable Anne...
Posted by Mega Magazine on Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Matteo Guidicelli, on the other hand, posed for a second time for the Philippine edition of Men's Health Magazine cover. The "Inday Bote" leading man is seen in his triathlon gear, with the beach in the background.

TV5 Presents a Happier Summer Mornings Starting Monday, April 6

TV5 Presents a Happier Summer Mornings Starting Monday, April 6

TV5 begins the summer fun with fresh seasons of its morning block programs, back-to-back with the launch of Philippine TV’s newest showbiz program, starting this Monday, April 6.

Equally-famous wives of the country’s most popular gentlemen share tips and personal secrets on what makes their lives ‘happy’ in the all new season of ‘HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE’, airing weekday mornings at 10:00AM.

Naturopathy expert Dra. Edinell Calvario and Western medicine’s Dr. Hayden Kho teams up for another season of ‘HEALING GALING SA TV5’, where they give free and valuable health advice covering both alternative and Western medicinal approaches on every Mondays and Fridays at 10:30AM. Meanwhile, the supportive trio of Gelli de Belen, Arnell Ignacio and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria continues to give solutions and meaningful guidance to common practical and legal dilemmas faced by Filipinos with the ‘Advice Center Ng Bayan’ SOLVED NA SOLVED, airing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30AM.

Capping the mornings is a daily dose of the latest showbiz news delivered in an upbeat, informative and fresh way that’s perfect to tease the viewers’ appetite just before lunchtime. Hosted by the fun and fearless trio of Bianca King (the fresh voice of showbiz opinions), IC Mendoza (the heir apparent and royalty of showbiz intrigues), and MJ Marfori (the face of investigative showbiz news), TV5’s newest showbiz-oriented magazine show ‘SHOWBIZ KONEK NA KONEK’ will make sure you’re connected with the latest happenings in showbiz. And to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, ‘Showbiz Konek Na Konek’ also gives you the latest scoops on the hottest issues via Viber public chat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The show airs from Monday to Friday at 11:00AM.

With back-to-back morning programs that are guaranteed to give fresh information and positive vibes from Monday to Friday, summer is definitely more fun with the Philippine’s Happy Network, TV5.

TFC and CFO Strengthen Partnership for the Welfare of Overseas Filipinos

TFC and CFO Strengthen Partnership for the Welfare of Overseas Filipinos

The Filipino Channel (TFC) Press Release
Right on the heels of their successful partnership for the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora (3GS) in February at the historic Manila Hotel, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), are gearing up for more partnerships for the overseas Filipinos in 2015.  

Looking Forward as One

CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas announced that the participation of the diaspora in local and international policy formulation and program implementation towards development, as tackled during the visioning exercise of the 3GS, will be further discussed in two upcoming conferences: the 2015 European Regional Summit in Cagliari, Italy during the third quarter of the year and the Youth Leaders in the Diaspora (YouLeaD) forum to be held in the Philippines in July this year.

Head of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) Gene Alcantara said the organization is looking forward to the Regional Summit, the second for the diaspora council.

However, Alcantara believes that before they can look forward with a fresh outlook, there is a need to leave behind past issues and bad habits.  He cites that there is a need to “enhance our reputation as a people; to engender better community relations; and to give excellent examples.”

Rachel Hansen, Founder/Editor of Roots and Wings Online Magazine, a Scandinavian-based online magazine says:  “The 3GS is a special platform for the diaspora to meet; exchange ideas and best practices; and get informed, inspired, and interested in various local and global issues that need our serious attention and solution.

Meanwhile, the YouLeaD forum, scheduled later this year will again gather young Filipino community leaders all over the world to share best practices and discuss the issues they themselves face as part of the Filipino diaspora.  Lou Cabalona, 2012 Filipino-American Young Leaders of the Philippines awardee looks forward to the youth summit and says: “There are so many stories we have to tell - stories that celebrate our uniqueness and acknowledge our contributions to the world.


3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora: Highlights

During the 3GS, the largest and most significant gatherings of community leaders of Overseas Filipinos (OFs), CFO Chairperson Nicolas, said that the milestone attendance of nearly 500 OFs from 30 countries resulted in a deep collaboration across sectors, including media, and across countries.  

We have moved out of comfort zones to explore how and where we can make a difference.  We have confronted self-imposed restricting constructs of our egos and faced brave new worlds whether here in our country or in others.” 

Synergy with Other Government Agencies
As a result of the two-day summit, OFs made a unified call for greater involvement in key issues affecting the lives of OFs.  Specifically, OFs want more involvement in the local government policy through Overseas Voting, lead agency of which is the COMELEC and with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) implementing arm.

Global Filipino Diaspora Council President Atty. Loida Lewis and the US Pinoys for Good Governance President Atty. Rodel Rodis, reported how they helped lobby in the Philippines for the passage of the Dual Citizenship Law and the Overseas Voting Act in 2013.  Thus the Filipino diaspora’s involvement in the formulation of national policies is both significant and strategic.  

The Role of Media

Lewis and Rodis added that they also hope to become involved in international issues affecting OFs.  The USPGG is currently active in protesting the threat of the overtaking of the Spratlys and hope to do more lobbying for other issues, with the help of media.

During the 3GS, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs Senior Vice President Ging Reyes talked about how transnationalized media plays a crucial role in bringing these issues to the front and center of the stage.  She shared how during her stint as ABS-CBN International News Bureau Chief, she overcame personal challenges as an OF herself in order to be able to empathize with her subjects and bring the news to viewers of TFC.  She said: “I got to know hundreds of Filipinos...who left the homeland to seek a better future for their families.  I told their stories even as I felt their pain and shared their aspirations."   


Civil Society in Unity

Aside from international affairs, OFs cited the need for a system where they can easily channel and monitor their resources for their many kababayans in need and network with other interested parties.

MENFID’s (Middle East Network of Filipino Diaspora) Interim Head Fidel Escurel said the creation of an OF hospital will help them consolidate healthcare for Pinoys in Qatar and hopefully across the Middle East.  

Secretary Nicolas hopes that the global one-stop portal for Overseas Filipinos diaspora engagemement, BaLinkBayan, can answer many of the needs articulated during the 3GS.

CFO, with the support of TFC and other partners, hope to fulfill what it started in the 3GS.

Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy and Mr. Krabs Unite for Adventure Movie “The SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water”

Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy and Mr. Krabs Unite for Adventure Movie “The SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water”

United International Pictures Press Release

After 15 years – and as the new theatrical film, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” starts screening in the Philippines on April 4 – the cast and creative team of SpongeBob Squarepants have had time to ponder the SpongeBob franchise's legacy.

"It's mind blowing just how big it's become and how long it's gone," muses Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob. "As an actor, you're perennially a freelance employee. We're a bit like migrant workers; we go where the crops are, and SpongeBob is a crop that just keeps growing."

"No one could have expected this," relates Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward. "Long ago, I remember telling people about being involved in the pilot, and being met with a yawn or glazed indifference. Then about a year later, I mentioned the show to someone on the street and their eyes got real big. 'Whoa, you are so hip!' That was right when it started to take off, and it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride. And it isn't over yet!"

"When the show first started airing, my daughter was in kindergarten," recalls Clancy Brown, the voice of Mr. Krabs. "Now she's in college. Both of Tom's kids were born during the run of the show. You start to associate parts of your life with the show, because it's become such a huge part of our lives."

Brown attributes series creator Stephen Hillenburg's creative convictions for the longevity of the characters. "Steve was always adamant about not having any pop culture references as they tie the world of the show to a particular time and place."

Kenny agrees, "Bikini Bottom is its own planet, with its own rules and its own pop culture; there's never anything topical. They really do live in a bubble, and that's what I think keeps it timeless and allows so much creative freedom."

"We've always written to make ourselves laugh," says Hillenburg. "Thankfully, what makes us laugh is appropriate for children. It's always great to hear adults say they can stand to watch our show."

"It's validating to have the trust and the thanks of the parents," says director Paul Tibbitt. "They know they're not going to see anything questionable, and it's nice to know they appreciate what we're doing. This film is for them as much as it is for the kids. We hope the movie is as fun to watch as it was to make."

From Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies comes “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, an all new 3D adventure that’s as wild and funny as its name. For the first time, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

Life in Bikini Bottom couldn’t be better for eternal optimist SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends: loyal starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), the sardonic Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), scientist squirrel Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) and crustacean capitalist, Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). When the top secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, eternal adversaries SpongeBob and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) must join forces on a trip through time and space to harness their internal superpowers and battle fiendish pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) with his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 4, “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Will Ferrell Gets Own Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Stars in Comedy Movie "Get Hard"

Will Ferrell Gets Own Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Stars in Comedy Movie "Get Hard"

Warner Bros. Entertainment Company Press Release

Comedian Will Ferrell cemented his place on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Tuesday, March 24, by parading his three young sons around his newly minted star plaque.

Ferrell, 47, asked his sons Magnus, Mattias and Axel to take a lap around the star to show off how they looked "like a million bucks."

"You want to step up and take a tour around and show people off your suits? Just take a little lap, don't step on the star," the comedian quipped as the three boys circled the red carpet surrounding the star.

Ferrell received the 2,547th star on the Walk of Fame for his contributions to comedy, from his beginnings as part of the comedy troupe The Groundlings to a cast member on NBC's live sketch show "Saturday Night Live," in which he became best known for playing former US President George W. Bush.

He went on to lead films such as "Anchorman," "Elf" and "The Other Guys," and also founded the website with writing partner Adam McKay.

The actor was joined by fellow comedians Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly as he accepted his star, albeit with some faux hesitance.

"It goes without saying that I feel so fortunate, and yet I can't accept this award. So just cover it up, cover it up for someone else," he joked, before adding, "I not only accept it, but I will be here every day from 3 to 5 p.m. polishing the star. You can count on that. And on those days that John's in the neighborhood, he will help me as well."

Ferrell will next be seen alongside Kevin Hart in the raunchy comedy "Get Hard," playing a white collar criminal preparing for life behind bars.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, a mile-long strip of plaques on Hollywood Boulevard, has honored influential figures in the entertainment industry since 1960.

The plaques which are cemented into the sidewalk can be purchased for $30,000 by the sponsor of a nominee, who is approved by Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce. The money goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

Opening across the Philippines on April 29, “Get Hard” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Video: Edgar Allan Guzman Impersonates Daniel Padilla

Video: Edgar Allan Guzman Impersonates Daniel Padilla

Edgar Allan (EA) Guzman on Sunday's episode of ABS-CBN hit show “Your Face Sounds Familiar” impersonates Teen King Daniel Padilla and got the highest combined 21 points from jurors Gary V., Jed Madela and Sharon Cuneta for the week.

During the show, EA shared that he got the blessing of Daniel’s mother Karla Estrada to impersonate her son and even gained tips from his co-performer, the so-called “Queen Mother” on how he can better copy Daniel’s moves.

EA also said that although he gets to enjoy a day being the Teen King, he is motivated to give his best to make the KathNiel fans happy.

Watch EA performed "Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat" as Daniel Padilla below:

Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar” Saturdays after “MMK” and Sundays after “Rated K” on ABS-CBN. For program updates, like, follow @YourFacePH on Twitter and Instagram, or visit

Maximize Your Online Experience with Smart Prepaid Free Internet Promo

Maximize Your Online Experience with Smart Prepaid Free Internet Promo

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Chat with friends? 
Online shopping? 
Download the latest in music?
Games...lot of games?
Find the latest in entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, restaurants, clubs? 

Or even stalk your hunk neighbor's social media account? 

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Smart Prepaid subscribers who top up and subscribe to various call and text offers will now get to enjoy 30MB worth of FREE data per day - without any need to sign up or register. With the FREE 30MB, you can now go online, surf, chat, or even watch video pranks on YouTube. Navigation tools can also be used with the free 30MB data such as Waze, Google Maps, MMDA’s app, and even book a cab via Easy Taxi. Aside from these, you can also maximize your free 30MB data by listening songs via Spinnr or Deezer, enjoying your favorite podcasts, or even shop online.

The prepaid promos that come with FREE 30MB data are AllIn 25, AllText 10, Big 15, Big Call 100, LahatTxt15, Lakas30, Mega 250, Sakto 20, Smarttalk 100, Tri-Net 30, Unli Call 20, UCT 25, plus more!

For more details about this promo, visit:

ABS-CBN News and Coconuts Media Sign Content Partnership Agreement

ABS-CBN News and Coconuts Media Sign Content Partnership Agreement, Press Release has signed a two-year content partnership agreement with local city website network Coconuts Media (

With the partnership, and will be exchanging news, feature, and video content on their respective websites.

"We want to give news consumers a variety of choices in our content offerings on Through our partnership with Coconuts Manila, our digital audience would have an additional source of stories from Southeast Asia. We're also excited to share our own brand of reporting, including our multimedia and other digital specials with the diverse audience of Coconuts Manila,” says Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN Integrated News.

We're thrilled to partner with ABS-CBN, the leading media organization in the Philippines. We look forward to adding to ABS-CBN's regional coverage of Southeast Asia, and we are keen to spread the network's original reports amongst our audience of three million readers,” says Coconuts Media founder and managing director Byron Perry. is the digital news arm of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest media company in the Philippines. With 3.5 million daily page views and 1.3 million average daily users, it is the leading news website in the Philippines.

Coconuts is a local city website network that harnesses social media and video to amplify coverage of urban areas in Asia and is currently available in eight cities, namely Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Yangon. It will be in India within the year.

Coconuts currently reaches over 3 million monthly unique visitors on Its coverage of breaking news stories have been picked up by Yahoo!, Wall Street Journal, Time, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Atlantic.

Coconuts Media also produces videos as Coconuts TV, with an average 20,000 to 30,000 views per video on its official YouTube partner channel.

Under the agreement, ABS-CBN News Online will publish local and regional content from  and broadcast Coconuts TV videos, such as the Manila food series Carinderia Crawl, on its YouTube channel. will publish breaking news, regional stories, and other reports from on its website.

The Kapamilya network hopes to tap into’s network to report on regional stories to its readers, while aims to reach out to more local netizens.

“Vice, Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta: Eh di Wow!” Concert Tickets on Sale Now!

“Vice, Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta: Eh di Wow!” Concert Tickets on Sale Now!

Influential TV host, comedian, and recording star Vice Ganda makes a grand comeback at the Araneta Coliseum for his fourth major solo concert titled “Vice, Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta: Eh di Wow!” on May 22 (Friday).

“Vice, Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta: Eh di Wow!” is under the production of Star Events and ABS-CBN Events, stage direction of Paul Basinilio, TV direction of Bobet Vidanes, and musical direction of Marvin Querido.

Tickets for Vice’s upcoming concert are now available at Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum Box Office. Simply call 911-5555 or log on to

For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, and

“Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” Full Movie Trailer feat. Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner

“Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” Full Movie Trailer feat. Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner

United International Pictures Press Release

After releasing a one-minute teaser yesterday, Paramount Pictures has now shared a new “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” trailer.

Watch below:

The film stars Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise are Simon Pegg as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Joining the cast are Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

In the film, Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organization, as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Christopher McQuarrie directs from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Christopher McQuarrie and Will Staples. The film is produced by Tom Cruise through Tom Cruise Productions and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk through Bad Robot. Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will serve as executive producers.

The 4th installment in the globally successful franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” earned nearly $700 million worldwide and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career.

The “Mission: Impossible” franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Opening across the Philippines on July 31, 2015, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Megan Young Transfer Back to GMA-7, Reveals Reason Why She Leaves ABS-CBN

Megan Young Transfer Back to GMA-7, Reveals Reason Why She Leaves ABS-CBN

After leaving the Kapuso network in 2008 to join her sister Lauren, Miss World 2013 Megan Young returned to where her showbiz career started.

On Tuesday, March 31, accompanied by her agent Arnold Vegafria, Megan signed an exclusive one year contract with GMA Network.

Included in the long list of her Kapuso projects are a co-hosting stint with Dingdong Dantes for the new season of reality-based artista search Starstruck. 

The show that attracted me the most is the first project that I’m going to do with GMA, StarStruck. Dito ako nag-start." Megan said in an interview.

She is also set  to do a drama series with the Kapuso network.

Asked why she decided to cut ties with ABS-CBN in favor of GMA-7, Megan said: "At the end of the day, it’s work. It’s all about being able to give my full capacity as an artist. I want to be able to grow as well."

TV5 Offers Road Assistance this Holy Week 2015

TV5 Offers Road Assistance this Holy Week 2015

In anticipation of high volume of motorists leaving the city this Holy Week season, Rescue5 - TV5's acclaimed Emergency Response Unit - once again spearheads the campaign in assisting motorists to ensure safe travels during this time through "Gabay Biyahe" road assistance project.

Strategically located in key terminals and thoroughfares, this 24-hour “Gabay Biyahe” is set to provide Filipinos with a number of free services during Holy Week.

From March 30 (Holy Monday) to April 2 (Maundy Thursday), the Rescue5 team will be stationed at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal, while on April 1 and 2, the “Gabay Biyahe” stations will be at the Shell gasoline station in Balagtas, Bulacan, North Luzon Expressway.

Aside from first aid and blood pressure monitoring, other services such as free drinking water, calls and electronic device charging will also be available, through the generous support of following partners: Araneta Center, Maynilad, One Meralco Foundation, Pilipinas Shell, Smart Communications, and Radyo5.

In the meantime, TV5 also provides motorists and travelers relevant tips and helpful reminders to ensure a safe journey to their respective journeys this Holy Week through Rescue5’s “Aksyon sa Kalsada” road safety plugs, which airs regularly on TV5, Aksyon TV and Radyo5 92.3 News FM.

We continuously promote safe road travel, since most of our rescue operations involve vehicular accidents.  Aside from educating our Kapatids on road safety, our team of rescuer-journalists are ready to respond to emergency situations,” shares TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao.

Rescue5 can be reached via its hotline 9225155, Twitter account: @RESCUE5PH, and Facebook page:

ABS-CBN Holy Week 2015 Program Schedule

ABS-CBN Holy Week 2015 Program Schedule

The Kapamilya network, in observance of the Holy Week season, released its special holy week programming block this Maundy Thursday (April 2), Good Friday (April 3), and Black Saturday (April 4).

Maundy Thursday, April 2

“Superbook” (10:30AM)
“Stations of the Cross (Healing Eucharist)” (12NN)
“Always One With You Part 1 (Moments with Father Jerry Nita Trofeo)” (2PM)
“Kalbaryo 2015” (3PM)
“Washing of the Feet (Healing Eucharist)” (5PM)
“MMK: Piso” (6PM)
“Ekstra” (7:30PM)
“Himala” (9:30PM)
“O Shopping” (12MN)

Good Friday, April 3

“Superbook” (10:30AM)
“Seven Last Words” (12NN)
“Always One With You Part 2” (3PM)
“Veneration of the Cross (Healing Eucharist)” (4PM)
“Pope from the End of the World” (5PM)
“MMK: Wedding Gown” (6PM)
“Sa ‘Yo Lamang” (7:30PM)
“Tanging Yaman” (9:30PM)
“O Shopping” (12MN)

Black Saturday, April 4

“Documentary on the Philippine Papal Visit” (9AM)
“Superbook” (10:30AM)
“Oh My G” marathon (12NN)
“MMK” (6PM)
“Way Back Home” (7:30PM)
“It Takes A Man and a Woman” (9:30PM)
“Easter Vigil (Healing Eucharist)” (11:30PM)
“O Shopping” (12MN)

For more information, about ABS-CBN’s Holy Week program schedule, log on to

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Lead Stars and Characters Description

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Lead Stars and Characters Description

Marvel Studios has just revealed the character descriptions of the Avengers as they assemble anew for the eagerly anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Get on the same page with them and find out their motivations and challenges.

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Brash but brilliant billionaire Tony Stark returns, still struggling with the emotional fallout from the Battle of New York that took place in “The Avengers.” Tony is now bankrolling his Super Hero dream-team in an ongoing effort to protect the world from the evil forces that he knows are out there. Stark carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, which leads him to team up with Bruce Banner to create Ultron as the ultimate peacekeeping program.

Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) has fully embraced the mantle of team leader, but with the unraveling of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he continues to reconcile with what he has lost in a world he does not totally recognize. Outmatched and on the run, he must find a way to rally The Avengers and find a way to defeat the terrifying Ultron.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The Asgardian God of Thunder returns as Earth’s sworn protector. More brash and powerful than ever, Thor serves as the moral compass for the team and continues his personal quest to find the identity of his brother’s secret ally while also warning his teammates of threats that are bigger than any of them can imagine.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is back and ready to be unleashed as The Avengers’ not-so-secret weapon. He has embraced the Hulk and is now an important part of the team, although surprising protocols have been put in place to make sure Hulk doesn’t ever get out of hand in a conflict. Banner worked alongside Tony Stark to develop the Ultron program as a peacekeeping initiative.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) returns to the fray as the deadly and beautiful super-spy turned hero. Her intelligence, resources and lethal fighting ability far outweigh her lack of “super” powers. With the threat of Ultron looming, Natasha will need to confront the demons of her shadowy past and draw strength from her teammates to defeat him.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). A skilled and accurate archer, Hawkeye is one of the team’s most lethal operatives. After having his mind controlled by Loki in “The Avengers,” Hawkeye returns to the team in fully functional mode, complete with more advanced weaponry.

Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has the power of super-speed. He is fiercely protective of his twin sister Wanda and will do anything to defend his war-torn home of Sokovia. Along with his sister, he volunteered for a secret program and gained his speed through Baron Strucker’s experimentation with an unusual power source.

Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is the beautiful and mysterious twin sister of Pietro. Possessing the powers of mental manipulation and telekinesis, Wanda as Scarlet Witch is able to attack her enemies from the inside out. Along with her brother, she is the product of Baron Strucker’s experiment.

Ultron (James Spader) is a technological super villain the likes of which have never been seen. Unhinged and terrifying, Ultron is born out of a corrupted pilot program that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner created to help usher in peace on Earth. When their programming went haywire, Ultron came to life with the goal to save the planet by eliminating the biggest threat to it—humanity. He will stop at nothing to see this goal realized and promises to kill The Avengers for daring to try to stop him.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the man that first brought The Avengers together, is now disavowed and living in hiding after the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Nevertheless, Fury continues to be an important mentor and leader for our team of heroes.

The Vision (Paul Bettany) is a powerful and mysterious android that is raw, dangerous and uncontrollable.
Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) is a black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster operating out of South Africa. He is a former acquaintance of Tony Stark’s from his weapons-dealing days and a powerful new player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) is a brilliant HYDRA scientist who worked under the cover of S.H.I.E.L.D. for far too long. Human experimentation, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence are just a few of the things Strucker is working on when Wanda and Pietro Maximoff volunteer for his program.

Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim) is a world-renowned geneticist and an ally of The Avengers. From her offices in Seoul, South Korea, to sharing workspace with Bruce Banner in his lab at Avengers Tower, Dr. Cho’s research and technology help keep The Avengers in the fight.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.




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