Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Columbia Pictures' gripping suspense thriller "Don't Breathe" – which Variety hails as "a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril" – spooked the U.S. box-office with a chilling $26.1-million, easily opening at No.1 for the Aug. 26-28 weekend.
It joins a long list of recent horror films such as "The Purge: Election Year," "The Conjuring 2," "Lights Out" and "The Shallows" that have all found success with audiences.
"Don't Breathe" cost less than $10 million to produce, but it more than doubled its production budget in a single weekend, after rolling out across 3,051 locations. The film follows a trio of friends breaks into the house of a blind recluse confident of an easy score only to find themselves in a terrifying life-or-death struggle.
"This film is going to be a big moneymaker for us," said Rory Bruer, Sony's distribution chief. "We knew we had something special here. This is a film that's all about keeping people jumping out of their seats and holding onto the person next to them."
The No.1 launch of "Don't Breathe" in the U.S. bodes well for the thriller's box-office prospects in the Philippines as the film rolls out in local cinemas starting Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The Filipino audience are great horror fans, and the film's favorable R-13 rating from the MTRCB will likely boost the attraction core genre moviegoers.
"Don't Breathe" created a thunderstorm of excitement and wild buzz when it premiered at the recent South By South West (SXSW) film festival, with some critics describing it as "the best suspense thriller in the last decade." Now, Philippine audiences will discover why the film has driven reviewers at the edge of their seats.
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists."
Meanwhile, Edward Douglas, of the New York Daily News underscores that the film "takes you into far darker territory than anticipated."
"Don't Breathe" stars Jane Levy ("Evil Dead"), Dylan Minnette ("Goosebumps"), Daniel Zovatto ("It Follows") and Stephen Lang ("Avatar"). Fede Alvarez ("Evil Dead") directs from a script co-written with Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead). Producers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Fede Alvarez.
In his sophomore feature, Alvarez goes for the jugular with an unapologetically brutal and twisted horror-thriller that pits a trio of thieves against an unexpectedly dangerous adversary. Shocking and enthralling, Alvarez's masterful, visually stunning thriller maintains a frenzied pace to the last chilling minute.
"Don't Breathe" is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
The game is on once again as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) LXXIX opening games unfold on September 4Sunday, (Manila Time), 2:00 p.m. and air live onABS-CBN Sports + Action and The Filipino Channel's (TFC) platforms in key countries worldwide.
Launching with a new battle cry "Dare to Dream," the UAAP LXXIX President from host University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Fr. Ermito de Sagun says the challenge first goes out to the alumni to influence the youth through values and motivate them to succeed. Most importantly, de Sagun says the challenge comes with a call for athletes to effect change - to serve as models to their fans who emulate them so their adherence to the ethical values in every game is essential.
Fr. De Sagun explains: "So many people are watching sports and supposedly they (athletes) are heroes." "We expect that all the players, all the athletes will behave properly in a way they can really inspire people. So we expect them to do better, not only with regard to their skills but also with their ethical standards. There should be no cheating, no drugs, or even cheating in their achievements and so forth."
The opening games will in fact air live worldwide on ABS-CBN Sports + Action and all TFC platforms so the role of media, especially of both, is important to rally UAAP's battle cry.
According to ABS-CBN Integrated Sports Head Dino Laurena, "The values in sports reach out very, very strongly and that is our reason for launching our channel - because we don't want to view this as a sports channel but to be an advocate for development not just for the athletes but everyone who watches the games."
This season, de Sagun is also aiming to lead by example by adhering to the values of prudence and accountability. A simple opening ceremony on September 3 (Manila time) at the UST Grounds is being planned by the host university. However, the launch will be patterned after the recent Rio Olympics, where athletes from the different sports will parade. Also, instead of having the opening games the same day, they will be moved to the next day, September 4.
There are also a lot of other highlights to anticipate this season as Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles; De La Salle (DLSU) Green Archers; Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws; National University (NU) Bulldogs; University of the East (UE) Warriors; University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting and Lady Maroons; Adamson University (AdU) Falcons and University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers battle it out with this greater call and bigger challenges in Men's and Women's Basketball; Women's Volleyball; Women's Football; Streetdance; and Cheerdance competitions and possibly dance sport.
A new line-up of players is also expected for the teams of ADMU Blue Eagles and FEU Tamaraws as some of the former ADMU players moved to a different team. Hubert Cani and Arvin Tolentino are now with the FEU Tamaraws and will join their new team in defending last year's championship title.
Jeron Teng will also go all out in playing for DLSU Green Archers (DLSU) as he is down to his final year with the team.
UAAP fans are also looking forward to the head-on battle between brother coaches Franz and Derrick Pumaren who are coaching AdU Falcons and UE Warriors, respectively.
The coaches also made their fearless forecast in the traditional coaches's assessment and predicted the DLSU Green Archers as the team to beat.
Fr. De Sagun is also glad with Kapamilyas' overseas' continued interest in the sport. "Everybody loves sports, especially sports they play and which carry the names of their schools. Also somehow, schools are like families also. So it somehow reunites their school spirit," he ends.
Catch these exciting matches from the eight participating universities every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday starting 2 p.m. (Manila Time). UAAP LXXIX could be watched live via TFC platforms in North America, Europe, Middle East and other parts of Asia. UAAP LXXIX will also be streamed via TFC's official online platform TFC.tv. Connect with other globalKapamilyas and sports fans via @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.
A first-ever for an animated comedy, Columbia Pictures' eagerly anticipated "Sausage Party" has been rated R-18 by the Movie & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). The movie's raunchy humor and themes have been deemed suitable only to mature audiences, 18 years old and above.
Indeed, there's no stopping "Sausage Party" from opening in the Philippines on Sept. 28.
A recent smash, box-office hit in the US with cumulative gross of a whopping $80-million, "Sausage Party" is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.
Directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan, the film features the vocal talents of a who's who of today's comedy stars – Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig.
In creating the R-rated comedy, finding what director Conrad Vernon calls "the line of taste" was a constant discussion. "That line moved all over the place," he says. "We would step over it, and then we wouldn't be going far enough…"
But, says director Greg Tiernan, pushing the envelope came naturally, because for an animator, it's just what you do. "In animation, you always want to push – whether it's the story or the execution of the animation – because it's always easier to pull back," says Tiernan. "We had that ingrained in us from the first day we were in the animation business. Don't censor yourself, because other people will do it for you."
Still, as the directors, they did have to be responsible for making sure that on balance, the film delivered as an entertaining movie experience. "We had to be careful that the movie wasn't just about shock value," says Tiernan. "That was never the intent – it was supposed to have heart and soul and be a great story. We could go as far as we wanted, but we always had to ask, 'OK, is it funny? What's it adding to the story?'"
One of the places that the filmmakers decided to push was in the character design of Brenda. "Everyone howled when they first saw the design," says Vernon. "Our character designer, Craig Kellman, popped that vertical mouth in there – he's not one to hold back. I took that over with a bunch of other designs to Seth and Evan and they were flipping through – 'cool, cool, cool' – and then it was just laughter and 'Oh my God.' Finally, there was one point where we asked ourselves, should we really be doing this? Can people relate to her if she has a vertical mouth? And [producer] Megan Ellison said, 'If you don't do a vertical mouth, I'm not making this movie.'"
Opening across the Philippines on September 28, "Sausage Party" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Warning: Ang MOMOL (Make Out-Make Out Lang) ay nakamamatay!
17-year-old boy from Mexico City died of a hickey, according to a repot by Mexican , a media Hoy Estado De Mexico.
Julio was allegedly returned home after a steamy make out session with his 24-year-old girlfriend. He was eating dinner with family at when he began having violent convulsions. He died on the spot.
Paramedics at the site attributed his death to the hickey on his neck.They said the bruise caused a blood clot to form, which then traveled to his brain, causing a stroke.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Daniel Padilla, James Reid, Elmo Magalona and Alden Richards: Who Charm Your Heart with Combined Looks and Talent?
Just like today’s showbiz crushes Alden Richards, Daniel Padilla, Elmo Magalona, and James Reid. These dudes don’t just market their captivating charm, but they also rule the industry with their talent in music. They are the so called actor-singers that occupy their own respected lane in showbiz.
“Na sa’yo na ang lahat,” indeed, Daniel! He got the looks, the talent, and Kathryn Bernardo. Before pursuing a career in showbiz, Daniel used to be in a band as a bass guitarist. One of his favorite international bands is Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What a lucky girlfriend Nadine Lustre is, right? James definitely knows how to be effortlessly cool. He’s an amazing actor that can make everyone feel kilig, while his songs and dance moves can automatically make you one of his admirers. It’s safe to say that these talented young gentlemen can command an audience with both their voices and dramatic acting skills. So which young star has proved themselves in both music, television and big screen? Who is the ultimate triple threat?
It is no surprise that Elmo is pursuing a singing career alongside acting. Through his own music, the young actor-singer continues the legacy of his father Francis Magalona - the country’s legendary ‘Master Rapper.’
Who would’ve thought that this adorable tisoy guy with dimples can capture (not just Maine Mendoza’s) but every woman’s heart? Both of his acting and singing skills make him one heck of a heartthrob!
ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Television Entertainment proudly bring the newest series set to show that real love wins, “Till I Met You” starring the love team of real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre, with primetime’s new leading man JC Santos, which starts on Monday (Aug 29).
Nadine plays Iris, an achiever yet simple girl who wishes to give her family a better life. Having grown up without a father, she lives happily with her siblings and her mother Cassandra (Carmina Villarroel).
With the same aspirations in life, Iris and Ali grow closer to each other and will develop a budding romance.
Together they will chase for their dreams in Greece, where they will meet Basti (James Reid), a rebellious son who works as a tour guide in the country. Living only by himself, he will find the acceptance he has been looking for from Iris and Ali.
However, their friendship will be put to test as Basti falls for Iris, deeply hurting Ali. This will lead them to the point of choosing between what matters more: love or friendship.
Will Iris and Ali still fulfill the dreams they built together? Will Basti fight for his love for Iris? Are they ready to risk everything to have the one they love?
Aside from the kilig moments, viewers are set to see the breathtaking sceneries of Greece as some of the scenes were shot in Santorini and other parts of the country.
Also joining the stellar cast are Zoren Legaspi, Angel Aquino, Pokwang, Kim Molina, and Robert Seña with the special participation of Richard Yap at Jay Manalo. It is under the direction of Antonette Jadaone and Andoy Ranay.
Don’t miss the scenes showing that real love wins in “Til I Met You,” weeknights after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).
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Regal Films has released the teaser trailer for romantic comedy movie "My Rebound Girl" featuring the toprating tandem of Alex Gonzaga and Joseph Marco, who first paired in the defunct ABS-CBN primetime soap "Pure Love" in 2014.
Directed by Emmanuel dela Cruz, "My Rebound Gill " will open in cinemas on September 28.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Although they didn't reveal the complete list of these artists, Star Magic, through ABS-CBN PR manager Thess Gubi said it conducted "a supervised and voluntary drug test to belay rumors of drug use in its community. This is also to discourage people from using illegal drugs,"
It added that the "results were 100% negative for Jake Cuenca, Enrique Gil and Diego Loyzaga and the rest of the Star Magic artists. Star Magic believes in the efforts of the current campaign to keep our homes and working environments drug-free,"
KathNiel, JaDine, and ALDUB. They rule both the TV ratings and box-office. They dominate the top-trending topics on social media. Endorsements left and right. But fans crave for more, for something new - kilig, talent, offerings.
The fans are the ones who made today’s famous celebrities get a top spot in the industry. Best example is the success story of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza who both became popular worldwide because of the incredible amount of support of their fans called the “AlDub Nation.”
While the fans get crazy about their idols, TV networks never fail to satisfy them by producing cheesy television series.
From 2014 until early 2016, there are remarkable teleseryes that ruled the ratings game - Pangako Sa’Yo, On The Wings of Love, and Forevermore. These popular series were starred by trending loveteams KathNiel, JaDine, and LizQuen.
Notable celebrities on Instagram are being rewarded by a blue tick badge. This icon beside the name of a celeb is an indication that the profile is legit, credible, and one of the most visited and followed accounts. We’ve listed down 5 famous celebrities who are joining the list of Instagram’s verified personalities.
Kathryn, who’s starting to change the look of her Instagram account by using high quality photos, ranks #2 with 3.8 million followers.
Nadine’s cohesive Instagram feed made her garner 2.5 million followers.
Maine’s account with 241 posts has already garnered 2.5 million followers.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Speaking during the grand press conference for "Till I Met You" on Sunday at La Reve Events Place in Quezon City, JC shared a bit of information about his background.
JC started as a theater actor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He later on became a singer and dancer at Hong Kong Disneyland and at Universal Studios Singapore before going to New York to study musical theater.
In 2014, he decided to finally pursue an acting career.
"Gusto ko po maging working actor talaga sa TV and also film," he said. "Lagi po akong nag-a-audition. Kung alin po 'yung mauna, doon lang po ako."
"There was this one day na in-invite po ako para mag-audition for this role. Nilatag po sa harapan namin 'yung requirements. Marami kami. On the second day, na-meet ko na si direk Tonet and binigay na sa akin 'yung script," he said.
Having played supporting roles in his past projects, JC said he was overwhelmed when he learned that he would be one of the lead stars of "Till I Met You."
"Actually nung time na 'yun, iniisip ko okay na ako kung aawayin ko lang si James dito. Gulat na gulat po ako at hindi ako makapaniwala na isa ako sa mga bida. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa pagtitiwala talaga. Punong puno ang puso ko ngayon," he said.
Witness S+A’s transformation on Monday (August 29), as it communicates ABS-CBN’s commitment to its sports advocacy via the new SID entitled “Sumasaludo sa Pusong Palaban ng Lahing Pilipino.”
Featuring an original song written and performed by rapper Quest, the new SID features a mix of iconic Filipino athletes that ABS-CBN Integrated Sports’ cameras have captured in the past years covering various sporting events such as the UAAP, NCAA, boxing, and mixed martial arts. They include volleyball stars Alyssa Valdez and Grethcel Soltones, basketball hotshots Jeron Teng and Jio Jalalon, MMA fighters Brandon Vera and Chris Hoffman, and champion boxers Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.
ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena explained that the new SID sends the strong message that Filipinos, athletes or not, will do everything for their family, and seeing them off in a better way is the driving force behind Filipino athletes to work hard and to persevere while putting flag and honor above all else in competitions.
“In our experience covering the games and interviewing the athletes, and in our interactions with ordinary people, we saw the parallelism in the life of an athlete and the common Pinoy. At the end of the day, what keeps them going and fighting is the drive to better oneself, and more importantly, to make the people they love happy,” he shared.
Laurena added that ABS-CBN Sports will be playing a more active role in the journey of both Filipino athletes and ordinary Filipinos from this point on.
“Apart from our TV programs and coverage of sports events on TV and online, we will also have on-ground projects that will have direct impact on the people. We will be the biggest supporter and cheerleader of the Filipino,” Laurena said.
The ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management Division (CCM), famous for its Summer station IDs and Christmas Station IDs, produced S+A’s new station ID that also features young, senior, and differently-abled athletes in the sports of running, triathlon, rowing, softball, and basketball, who will both touch and amaze viewers with their competitive spirit.
Meanwhile, viewers can expect an action-packed September on S+A with the opening of UAAP Season 79 on September 3, the live coverage of tennis grand slam competition U.S. Open on September 11 and 12, Pinoy Pride 38 on September 25, and the continuation of basketball and volleyball action on NCAA Season 92 and the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference, respectively, among other exciting offerings.
You may also catch some of the action on high-definition on S+A HD on SKYcable. S+A and S+A HD are both under ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company that is in the service of Filipinos worldwide.
Witness the relaunch of S+A this Monday (August 29) on S+A ch. 23 on free TV and S+A HD ch. 166 on SKYcable. For sports updates, logon to sports.abs-cbn.com or follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook.
I quietly resigned as a news reporter of ABS-CBN a few weeks ago to explore other areas of media and to grow as a journalist. However, I continue to work with the network and our programs. My political views were not a factor in making this decision.Having studied pressing issues based on fact and with an open mind, journalists, like any other individual, should ultimately stand up for the truth. This does not weaken our journalism, it strengthens it. Our guiding principles are fairness and accuracy. As we face tougher scrutiny from the public, we in media also strive to be more transparent and open to criticism.I thank everyone for the support they expressed on social media. I look forward to playing my role in the debates and issues to come."
His resignation will give him time to complete his pending book projects, explore opportunities to pursue his interest in making independent films, and possibly write a column in one of the major dailies.
Loud cheers and applause filled Resorts World Manila Newport Performance Arts Theater on Saturday, August 27, as the three finalists of "The Voice Kids Season 3" staged their #TVK3FinaLShowdown.
Sharon Cuneta's protégé Antonetthe Tismo performed Jennifer Lopez' "Let's Get Loud". Watch here:
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Loud cheers and applause filled Resorts World Manila Newport Performance Arts Theater as the three finalists of "The Voice Kids Season 3" staged their final showdown.
FamiLEA's Joshua Oliveros sings "Mangarap Ka" during the #TVK3FinaLShowdown on Saturday, August 27. Watch below:
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Loud cheers and applause filled Resorts World Manila Newport Performance Arts Theater on Saturday, August 27, as the three finalists of "The Voice Kids Season 3" staged their final showdown.
Justin Alva, Kamp Kawayan's contender to win the Season 3 of The Voice Kids Philippines, performs "Monster/Lose Yourself" during the #TVK3FinaLShowdown.
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