Saturday, August 6, 2016
The cannybull and murderful motley group of mythical beasts who roam the earth gobbling up human beans provided all kinds of opportunities for invention, creativity and frightening fun for Steven Spielberg, his actors and his creative team.
Of all the evil giants who inhabit Giant Country, the BFG's nine brothers are the worst. Substantially larger in size, they treat the BFG with cruelty and disdain, but in typical Roald Dahl fashion, they are also there to make us laugh. Dahl was somewhat of a giant in real life himself, standing 6-feet, 6-inches-tall.
Actor and comedian Bill Hader ("Trainwreck," "Inside Out") is Bloodbottler, the real brains of the pack. He is 43-feet-tall with a big beard and can always be found at Fleshlumpeater's side telling him what to do. "In reality, Bloodbottler wants nothing to do with any of the other giants…he just wants to be left alone," says Hader. "He does not like the BFG and he has created his own set of rules that the BFG is somehow breaking by just being himself."
British actor Adam Godley ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") is Manhugger, the thin and slowest moving giant. He does the least of anyone and thinks only of himself. At 39-feet-tall, Gizzardgulper is the shortest of the nine giants. As played by Chris Gibbs (TV's "Reign"), he is also the peacekeeper of the group and idolizes Fleshlumpeater. Bonecruncher is played by Michael David Adamthwaite ("Final Destination 5") and is the youngest of the group and a troublemaker who often puts the others in danger.
Finally, Butcherboy, who is played by Daniel Bacon ("The Day the Earth Stood Still"), walks with a limp, the result of a fight with Meatdripper which left him partially paralyzed. He would love to someday be top dog but knows it will never happen, and he has a chip on his shoulder as a result.
Opening across the Philippines on Aug. 10, "The BFG" is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag
The "London Barrio Fiesta," a staging of the traditional Filipino fiesta in United Kingdom, which has one of the highest concentration of Filipinos in Europe, took the celebration to a higher plane as it combined entertainment and service at the annual festivities.
The 32nd "London Barrio Fiesta" brought together the stars no less of some of the cast of the biggest teleseryes of ABS-CBN plus world-class Kapamilya talents. Beyond the fiesta's entertainment value, the 32nd "London Barrio Fiesta" was made more meaningful by the launch of ABS-CBN Foundation in Europe.
Joining the launch was Bayan Ni Juan Ambassador Jodi Sta. Maria, who proved that ABS-CBN and TFC truly go beyond entertainment in the service of the Filipino.
Meantime, opening the entertainment fare of the 32nd London Barrio Fiesta were the stars of "Born For You" Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador who play Kevin Sebastian & Sam Kazuko in the series.
Magalona who sang one of the more popular tracks on the teleserye, "You'll Be Safe Here," and "Stay," introduced his leading lady, Salvador, as her princess, much to the series' fans thrill. Meantime, Salvador, indeed a music royalty herself (mother is theater actress Jenine Desiderio and father is 90's icon Juan Miguel Salvador), amazed the audience with her soothing voice as she sang Yeng Constantino's "Sasakay Ako Sa Aking Pangarap" and "Same Ground" originally done by Kitchie Nadal.
Together, Magalona and Salvador proved to be a love team to reckon with as they sang the theme "Born For You" and another Yeng Constantino hit "Ikaw."
On the same day, Dynamic Diva Vina Moralesand actor-singer Robin Padilla who were former on and off-screen partners themselves, also held their own.
Morales impressed as she sang a medley of Jennifer Lopez and Adele hits. Padilla, a singer himself, reminded the Filipino crowd of thekababayan spirit as he sang "Pinoy Ako" with the audience. The nationalistic pride continued to soar as Morales led the singing of OPM hits at encore.
Sta. Maria, also part of the entertainment offering of the two-day fiesta, surprised fans as she sang "Flashlight" by Jessie J and "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding.
Due to popular request, Chiu sang her own hit "Mr. Right" and including her new hit "Darating Din" plus covers of Billboard hit "Salute" by Beyonce.
Her would-be "Mr. Right" Xian Lim finally joined her on stage for a duet of "When You Say Nothing At All" by Allison Krauss and Ed Sheeran's widely popular "Thinking Out Loud."
The two relived their "The Story Of Us" series and performed the theme "Kailangan Kita."
Lim, also a singer himself performed "Jirah's viral hit "Buco" and John Lennon's "Imagine."
In what could be a passing of the torch, Darren Espanto performed his own hit "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Alam" in his powerful tenor. Espanto treated audiences to an extra as he sang "Chandelier," a cover he did which originator Sia herself shared on her social media page.
The cast of "London Barrio Fiesta," together with host and "Gandang Gabi Vice" resident jester Negi, ended day two on a high note with a chorus of "Shut Up and dance with Me" by Walk the Moon. Another highlight of the two-day fiesta was the launch of myREMIT's online service where Filipinos cans send their love (via remittance) across, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via www.tfcmyremit.com
Let's face it! The world is getting busier and busier every moment and that stress factors increases in our lives due to our hectic schedules.
By now 20 is the new 30! Yes, you read that right. Modern lives of woment are often badgered by these unwanted tensions and bad habits caused by sometimes toxic routines and bad habits. Whether we admit or not, women are aging faster than ever before.
What determines that? Well there are signs everywhere, well at least when you reach your 20s internal and external ones, visible and invisible. If you're not careful enough, those cutie little laugh lines can turn into full-fledged crow's feet.
Yet, have no fear, fellow Filipinos, WATSONS is helping thousands of Kiss Aging Goodby in its latest anti-aging campaign.
What is the campaign all about, here's Ms. Viki Encarnacion, WATSON'S Marketing Director, explains. "The Kiss Aging Goodbye campaign is what WATSONS is all about. It's an educational effort with two-pronged approach, teaching our customershow to prevent the negative effects of aging by taking care of themselves inside and out. We are literally helping people 'Look good. Feel great.' And it's a wonderful thing."
Thursday, August 4, 2016
In Columbia Pictures' new suspense thriller "Don't Breathe," three young friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong.
Directed by Fede Alvarez ("Evil Dead" 2013) and written by Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, "Don't Breathe" stars Jane Levy ("Evil Dead" 2013), Dylan Minnette ("Goosebumps"), Daniel Zovatto ("It Follows") and Stephen Lang ("Avatar"). The film is produced by Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man" trilogy), Rob Tapert and Fede Alvarez.
Three young robbers (Levy, Minnette and Zovatto) invade a blind man's Detroit home — teenagers who are targeting vulnerable properties in the city as they bid to harvest enough cash to flee the area and start new lives elsewhere. Once they enter the Blind Man's home, however, the tables begin to turn.
Director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, who shot to international renown with his 2013 remake of the Sam Raimi-directed classic "Evil Dead," explains his inspiration. "We wanted to make something that was very, very suspenseful," he says. "And we thought, 'What is one of the things that creates a lot of suspense?' For me, it is when you have a character walking into someone else's domain because there you are under their rules."
In "Don't Breathe," when the three young robbers enter the Blind Man's domain they find themselves very much under his rules – the house is set up in a way that suits the owner, giving him the upperhand.
"I love movies that force me to pick sides but which don't give me the answers to the questions," says Alvarez. "And that's what I'm trying to do in this movie — not give the audience good guys and a villain. They all are villains. They are all doing something that is very wrong, all four of them. So it's really up to the audience to choose whom they are going to root for."
"The benchmark that this film tries to reach, and this is about as high a benchmark as one can get, is, of course, Psycho," he adds. "Is Psycho a thriller or a horror film? It's really a thriller. But also it's somewhere in between because it has horror elements," states Alvarez.
The filmmaker also believes that the audience is in for a groundbreaking experience. "There are some pretty f—ked up choices that we make," Alvarez says with a smile. "You'll see them when you see the movie. There are some things that happen that are pretty particular. They have definitely never been done before and there is a definite scene that I have never seen before. You'll know what it is when you see it."
Asked how the title "Don't Breathe" came about, Alvarez points to one crucial moment in the film. "There's a scene where one of the home invaders gets hurt so then, suddenly, he's trying to hide, but the problem is he has hurt his ribs, so every time he breathes in, he makes this sound. So either he gets found or he stops breathing, and stopping breathing is not an option. It generates a lot of strange and fun opportunities for me."
Opening across the Philippines in August 31, "Don't Breathe" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Helmed by the award-winning director Olivia M. Lamasan, the movie is set for worldwide release soon.
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