Saturday, October 15, 2016

ABS-CBN Stays as the Most Watched and Undisputed Leading TV Network in PH with 12 Point Lead vs. GMA-7

ABS-CBN continues to be the country's most watched TV network with a national average audience share of 45.7%, or a 12 point lead over GMA's 33.6% from Sept 1 to October 13 covering both urban and rural homes, based on Kantar Media data that represent 100% of PH TV viewing population.
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has 2,000 homes based in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.
ABS-CBN, the country's leading media and entertainment company, also led in September with a national average audience share of 46% covering urban and rural homes vs GMA's 34%.
Eight out of the top ten most watched programs last month were produced by ABS-CBN led by the undisputed number one program in the country, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" with an average national TV rating of 39.2%.

In other areas, ABS-CBN also dominated GMA last month. The Kapamilya network led the ratings game in Total Luzon with an average audience share of 41% vs GMA's 37%; in Total Visayas with 55% vs GMA's 26%; in Total Mindanao with 58% vs GMA's 28%; in Total Balance Luzon with 49% vs GMA's 35%;  and in Metro Manila with 37% vs GMA's 33%.
While ABS-CBN has sustained its TV ratings dominance, it has also kept its leadership in the digital platform through its pioneering video-on-demand service iWant TV. Rapidly transitioning into a digital company, ABS-CBN leads all media networks in bringing its content online to address the change in the Filipinos' viewing habits.
Kantar Media is a leading television (TV) audience measurement provider with capabilities in gathering TV viewing data in both digital and analog platforms. It is a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries, has 26 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services.

Among its local current subscribers are ABS-CBN, Peoples Television Network Inc., The Huddle Room Media Inc., JRA Advertising (J. Romero and Associates), 720 Consumer Connect, Viva Communications Inc., Manprom, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Starcom, Havas Media Ortega, and Media Agency groups IPG Mediabrands (Touch BPN, UM), Dentsu Aegis Network (Dentsu, Mediaforce, Carat), Omnicom Media Group (OMD, PHD and M2M) as well as Group M (Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, and Maxus).
International subscribers to Kantar Media include Turner Broadcasting System Asia, NBCU Global Networks Asia Pte Ltd, Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Scripps Networks Interactive (Asia) Pte. Ltd., MTV Asia, Fox International Channels, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, CSM Media Research (China), AETN All Asia Networks Pte Ltd, Celestial Tiger Entertainment and Sony Pictures International.

GMA Wins Against ABS-CBN in Nationwide TV Ratings, 38.3% vs. 37.6%

GMA Network has retaken the lead in nationwide TV ratings, resulting from its stronger performance in all timeblocks, according to data from the industry's trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

For the period September 1 to October 13 (with October 9 to 13 based on overnight data), GMA overtook its closest competitor in National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with an average people audience share of 38.3 percent, besting ABS-CBN's 37.6 percent.

GMA likewise remained the undisputed ratings leader in viewer-rich Urban Luzon, which accounts for 77 percent of all viewers in urban TV homes in the entire country, with 43.4 percent, ahead of ABS-CBN's 32.3 percent.

In Mega Manila, another traditionally strong area for GMA representing 59 percent of urban viewers nationwide, the Network kept its total day ratings advantage with 46.1 percent versus ABS-CBN's 28.2 percent.

During partial October (October 1 to 13), GMA particularly showed a stronger following on weekday evening primetime in NUTAM, where its people audience share reached 40 percent against ABS-CBN's 37.3 percent.

Moreover, in comparison with ABS-CBN, more programs from GMA landed in the partial October list of 30 top-rating shows in Urban Luzon with a total of 18.

The well-loved Kapuso telefantasya Encantadia grabbed the number one spot in the Urban Luzon chart, while emerging as the highest-rating Kapuso program in National Urban Philippines.

The recently launched Kapuso primetime show Alyas Robin Hood, primetime newscast 24 Oras, award-winning comedy program Pepito Manaloto, multi-awarded news magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman, and weekend primetime offering Hay Bahay!  were also among the top 10 programs in Urban Luzon during the covered period.

Other top-rating Kapuso programs during the period include 24 Oras Weekend, Ismol Family, Sunday PinaSaya, Wowowin, Someone to Watch Over Me, Eat Bulaga, Imbestigador, Superstar Duets, #Like, Dear Uge, and Sa Piling ni Nanay per Nielsen data.

Nielsen data is gathered through a greater number of sampled homes nationwide in comparison with other ratings service providers. Nielsen has a nationwide sample size of 3,500 urban and rural homes.

As the leading ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement service boasts a total of 31 clients/subscribers including 8 local TV networks, 4 regional clients, 2 blocktimers, and 17 media agencies.

GMA subscribes to Nielsen along with TV5 and Aksyon TV, CNN Philippines, Net 25, Ebiquity-Faulkner CBN Asia and TAPE Inc., and major advertising and media agencies such as Dentsu Aegis Network (Carat, Mediaforce Vizeum, Dentsu), GroupM (Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus), Omnicom Media Group (OMD, PHD and M2M), Zenith Optimedia, and Starcom Mediavest.

TFC Brings Coco Martin, Onyok and Yassi Pressman in 'Isang Pamilya Tayo' Thanksgiving Tour in Al Khobar and Dubai

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," the television adaptation of a simple yet straightforward story about a law enforcer who only wants to set things right, and which has become one of the most iconic drama series on Philippine television, is set to make another mark as it brings its thanksgiving tour, "Isang Pamilya Tayo," overseas.
After its blockbuster Manila kick off last weekend, ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel (TFC) are set to bring performances from one of the longest-running, most watched teleseryes in and outside the Philippines, to a two-city tour on December 2in Al Khobar, KSA and December 3 in Al Nasr Leisureland in Dubai, UAE.

As the show's way of thanking fans worldwide as well as a prelude to ABS-CBN TFC's 20thanniversary in the Middle East, no less than King of Primetime Coco Martin will lead choice members of the cast who will personally thank viewers.

In honor of both tradition and in recognition of the clamor for content, TFC will bring the "Ang Probinsyano" cast to PINAS-SAHI's much-anticipated annual Filipino Community Day, Tourism and Trade Exhibit: OWFS: Katuwang sa Pagbabago at Paglago ng Turismo at Ekonomiya ng Bansa as part of "Isang Pamilya Tayo's" on December 2, with Martin's sidekick in theteleserye, Pepe Herrera plus "The Voice Philippines Season 2" semi-finalist Darryl Ong.

Launched the same year TFC was established in 1994, PINAS-SAHI or Philippine - Saudi Arabia Hiligaynon, Incorporated or Social Assistance to Homesick Ilonggos (PINAS-SAHI) has been bringing together the biggest crowd of overseas Filipinos in the Western Region in pursuit of its mission "Tradisyon Naton, Manggad Sang Hiligaynon."  In 2005, TFC took the annual gathering to a higher plane as TFC brought a showcase of Filipino talent and ingenuity in its TFC hour.  "Ang Probinsyano: Isang Pamilya Tayo" is proof of TFC and PINAS-SAHI's strong partnership and continued efforts to make the annual Filipino Community Day, a history-making Filipino event every time.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano: Isang Pamilya Tayo" will then excite fans in Dubai where Martin, Herrera and Ong join "Ang Probinsyano" co-stars Yassi Pressman, and child sensation Xymon Ezekiel "Onyok" Pinedaon December 3 at the Al Nasr Leisureland in Dubai.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano: Isang Pamilya Tayo" happens December 2 at the Al Shola Tourist Village – Aziziyah, Al-Khobar, KSA and December 3 at Al Nasr Leisureland Tickets are at SAR35 (includes entrance to other resort amenities) and AED 25.

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Enjoy an Unli-iFlix Marathon with Family with the New #MySmart App

Stay safe everyone. Typhoon Karen, according to PAGASA, will make its landfall on Sunday, October 16, with sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and is expected to wreck havoc in the northern part of the country including Metro Manila. It is advisable to stay indoor and use the opportunity to bond with the whole family. Cook some food, bring out the gadget and enjoy a long list of quality movies and series on iFlix without worrying too much about going beyond your allocated data subscription.

Here comes MySmart app, an online tool that will let you maximize your subscription and manage my data usage easily whenever, wherever you are. And its Free!

With MySmart app, you can:

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Smart Bro Postpaid Transactions
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Friday, October 14, 2016

PLDT-Smart Rollout Full LTE Connection in Davao #SmarterDavao

PLDT-Smart welcomes change in the country's biggest city with Connected Davao, the first digital event of its kind in Davao City. More than an exhibition, Connected Davao at SM Lanangon October 15-16 will showcase the latest products and services from PLDT and Smart and celebrate that Davao City is now an LTE-covered city.

Smart is also hosting two retail events on October 15-16 at Gaisano Mall and NCCC.

Connected Davao is a digital convergence that features experiential zones where subscribers can get to experience PLDT-Smart's products, services and innovations firsthand. There will also be a selling area where the public can look at the best deals and bundles available. A highlight of the event is the Digital Discussions where the region's top influencers and business owners will talk about how PLDT and Smart help them pursue their passions.

The event also highlights Smart's full LTE rollout in Davao City. Smart LTE enables you to surf the net in ultrafast speeds of up to 42 mbps! That's six times as fast as 3G.

"With Smart LTE, everything is in high definition and real time – videos, games, photos, music and even video calls," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Head of Wireless Consumer Operations for Smart.

"Because Smart has more cell sites in Davao City than any other network, subscribers will have the best mobile experience ever. They can watch videos on YouTube, update their friends on Snapchat and Instagram and communicate via messaging apps faster and more efficiently," added Luna-Abelarde.

PLDT Home and Enterprise

PLDT will put up a connected home, a school and a co-working office and cafe during the Connected Davao event to show.

A connected home powered by PLDT keeps your entertainment and other digital needs close at hand. In this set-up, the public can test out the products using PLDT Home's high speed Internet.

In the high speed work station set-up, Davaoenos will experience efficient and consistent SME/Wifi and Enterprise solutions.

Try out the Samsung VR and other innovative gadgets in the School set-up.

During the digital discussions, there will be a talk on Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age.


Discounts and instant freebies

There will be simultaneous retail events at Gaisano Mall for Smart and NCCC for TNT on October 15-16.

Games with special prizes, freebies and a special celebrity guest await Smart subscribers at Gaisano Mall of Davao on October 15 from 10am to 9pm.

This is also the best opportunity for Davao residents to enjoy Smart's LTE speeds as all Smart SIMs are now LTE ready.

The Gaisano Mall event showcases the Smart Prepaid Phone Kit, which includes an LTE-capable Android handset (an 0+ Presto 700) with a 5" screen and Smart Prepaid's LTE SIM. The kit includes free one-year data (free 100MB/month for Clash Royale, FB, Viber and more plus P30 monthly load reward when you load an accumulated P100/month for 12 months.

Lucky Smart subscribers can get instant freebies such as VR headsets, phone docks with stylus pens, USB mobile fans and more for at least P50 purchase of any Smart product.

Top players of the race car game can also win special prizes such as GoPro Hero 4, JBL Charge2 Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Bavin 18000mAh Power Bank.

Or you could compete against a surprise guest celebrity and get a photo op!

Smart will also give selected subscribers 1GB of shareable data, valid for 3 days plus 300MB YouTube, iFlix and more for FREE. This data can be shared with family members and friends.

For more information, go to

ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B Puts Ryza Cenon to the Ranks of Nora Aunor and Jacklyn Jose

Award-winning director Jun Robles Lana tagged her as the next big actress to watch out for. While indie filmmaker says, "She's game, walang reklamo. Nakakagulat kung paano nya buhayin yung karakter n'ya. Magaling!"

Ryza Cenon became emotional during the blog conference for her first featured film "ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B". In between tears, the Kapuso actress said her heart is overwhelming with gratitude for the trust that the film's producer - Jun Lana and Perci Intalan gave her. She is still in disbelief that finally she's able to cast in the movie that critics predicted as strong contender come award giving season. Moreso, portraying the lead character in the movie.

How did you prepare for the role?

Viewers are expecting you to show some skin as required for the role? How far have you gone in terms of daring scenes?

Ryza: May masturbation scene ako dito. First time ko siyang gawin.

Was it hard?

Ryza: Mas mahirap sa akin ang sex scene kaysa sa masturbation scene. Kasi sa masturbation, under my control. Ako lang yun so pwede ko siya kontrolin ang eksena. Sa sex scene wala talagang akong suot. All out talaga. Hindi ko din mako-control si Cholo [Barretto] kung ano man ang nararamdaman niya, kailangan ko yung respetuhin kasi tao lang rin siya.

How did she manage to shoot her sensitive scenes?

This movie is an official entry to 2016 QCinema Film Festival. Other entries have Nora Aunor and Jack Jose in the cast. What is your reaction to those who said that you have a strong chance win the Best Actress award?



Jewel (Ryza) lives a routinary life. Intense emotions trigger her transformation into a manananggal. So she has settled into the kind of life that will prevent her from destroying herself and other people. She still kills and eats every now and then, but she tries her best to live a normal life. That is, until she meets Nico played by Martin del Rosario, a broken-hearted guy who sneaks into her heart. She is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to eat his heart. Can a manananggal ever find love or is she destined to be alone forever?


Dubbed as the ultimate romantic-gore movie to date, ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B is an official entry to the 2016 QCinema Film Festival. Under the direction of Prime Cruz of the award-winning independent film "Sleepless".

Screening Dates and Cinemas

October 15, Saturday - 6:30pm - Gateway
October 17, Monday - 9:00pm - Robinsons Galleria
October 18, Tuesday - 8:30pm - Trinoma
October 19, Wednesday - 3:30pm - Gateway
October 19, Wednesday - 6:00pm - Robinsons Galleria
October 21, Friday - 1:30pm - U.P. Town Center
October 21, Friday - 3:30pm - Trinoma
October 21, Friday - 6:00pm - Gateway
October 21, Friday - 6:30pm - Robinsons Galleria

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SMART to Fly 3 Smart Launchpad Winners to U.S. to Collaborate with YouTube Creator Filharmonic

Two singers and a vlogger were the top winners of Smart Launchpad, a search for the country's most promising content creators.

MJ Labenia, Lesha Litonjua and Tops Unay got to own their passions and show their talents to the world. As part of their prize to the competition, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines, they will be going to Los Angeles to collaborate with international star and YouTube creator Filharmonic. They also won a Samsung prize pack that contains Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Gear 360, and Samsung VR.

They were chosen from 100 finalists out of 1,537 entries from all over the Philippines.

The consolation prize winners are Eboy Fernandez and Fra Jamir.
Glenn Mark Layola won the Samsung Innovation Award for his immersive use of the Samsung Gear 360.
Smart Launchpad is a talent search and content creation program that encourages the youth to showcase what they do best–whether it’s singing or dancing, doing make-up tutorials, sharing travel tips or making people laugh.
To demonstrate its fast and efficient Internet, Smart took its Launchpad Upload Stations to different malls and schools all over the country. At the stations, content creators could make their entries on the spot and upload them on YouTube.

Not your typical talent search

The winners were chosen after a three-day event at First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City that included workshops and talks facilitated by YouTube and social media experts like Carlo Ople, Enrique CuUnjieng and Frank Aldana. Meanwhile, YouTube creators and category experts shared their knowledge through more intimate breakout groups. The following unselfishly shared their wealth of content generating experiences: Celebrity Nicole Andersson and make-up guru Michelle Dy for vlogging, choreographer Paulo Infante for dance, and recording artist Moira dela Torre for singing.
This is not your usual reality competition where participants fight with each other. Everyone is really happy for each other. That’s because this is your passion and you really understand one another,” said Kathy Carag, Head of Smart brand, to the participants.
Participants got valuable tips on how to understand and build their YouTube audience, how to monetize their channel, how to use a Samsung 360 camera, and other aspects of their craft.
“When we launched our new logo, part of our promise and commitment was to inspire change, especially among young Filipinos. This is part of our commitment to you,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Head of Wireless Consumer Operations for Smart, during the awarding ceremonies held at First Pacific Leadership Academy.

Eumee Capili Beats Judges and Crowd Favorite Jennie Gabriel to Enter the Grand Finals of 'Tawag Ng Tanghalan'

Eumee Capili of Bulacan and Noven Belleza of Negros Occidental were named the latest finalists of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" in the conclusion of the week-long Quarter 3 semi-finals last Saturday (October 8).

Eumee and Noven will join Gidget Dela Llana, Maricel Callo, Marielle Montellano, and Pauline Agupitan in the competition's highly anticipated grand finals.

Viewers nationwide tuned in to the grand vocal showdown last Saturday as proven by data from Kantar Media. It showed that "It's Showtime" recorded a national TV rating of 23.7%, a solid ten-point lead over GMA's "Eat Bulaga!" that only got 13.2%.

In celebration of their seventh anniversary, It's Showtime" is pitting its "best of the best" against each other as it again brings out its past champions in its newest segment called "Clash of Champions" which kicked off Monday (October 10), with "Bida Kids" grand champion Super Crew winning against 2012 "Campus Clash" champion CCP Bobcats.

On Tuesday, "Bida Kabarkada" champion Rizal Underground has beaten "Todo BiGay" champion Alab Poi.

Other teams which competed against each other were 2011 "Showtime All-Star Barangayan" champion True Colors and "Jambunganga" champion HMN.

"PINASikat" champion Spyros went head-to-head with "Halo-Halloween" champion Names Going Wild last Thursday. Lastly, don't miss the clash of "Showtime" Season 4 grand champion Astig Pinoy and the "Inter-Town" competition champion Bacolod Masskara this Friday.

The winning group will take home P25,000, based on points given by the judges (60 points) and the studio audience (40 points). The daily winners will again engage in a breathtaking showdown this Saturday (Oct 15) for a chance to win P100,000.

Philippines' Most GWAPULIS to be Named this Friday in UKG

They are brave. They are tough. They are also oozing with charm and talent.
Six real-life policemen will compete to be the first Grand Winner of “Gwapulis,” a competition launched by ABS-CBN morning program “Umagang Kay Ganda” (UKG) to promote appreciation for the country’s courageous and hardworking law enforcers.
Besting other semifinalists, the grand finalists are:

“Singing Police ng Camp Bagong Diwa” PO1 Norman Wileman III

“Dancing Police ng Valenzuela City” PO1 Willy Quinto

“Rakiterong Parak ng Rodriguez Rizal” PO1 Mark Florence Iglesias

“Mr. P.O. Simpatiko ng La Union” PO1 Dennis Keliag

“Hottie Officer ng Caloocan” PO1 Mark Christian Sioco

“Dad Bod officer ng Rizal” PO3 Ernesto Dingcong, Jr.

The six gentlemen are ready to showcase their striking looks, great personality, and awesome talent in front of their fellow policemen in the grand finals to be held at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters, Camp Crame on Friday (October 14).
PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and veteran ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Gus Abelgas will be judging the finalists, who will be performing live in front of their fellow policemen and millions of Filipinos on television and online.
The segment was launched at the heels of the rising popularity of ABS-CBN teleserye “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” “UKG” also noticed the victories of cops Neil Perez and Don Macgyver Cochico, in pageants.
The segment also got the approval of the PNP chief, who saw its potential to show that law enforcers, while keeping their integrity and honor intact, can also be endearing to the people.
Catch the Gwapulis 2016 Grand Finals and other informative, entertaining, and engaging segments on “Umagang Kay Ganda” this Friday (October 14) starting at 4:55am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SKYCable ch 167). For updates and more information, follow and visit their Facebook page and Twitter (@ukgdos) or visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ben Affleck's Dark Secret Life Outed in Riveting New Thriller THE ACCOUNTANT

"It's always compelling when people have secrets - when you think someone is one thing and then discover they're something else entirely," says Gavin O'Connor, director of the upcoming thriller "The Accountant" from Warner Bros. Pictures.

That is certainly the case with the title character of "The Accountant." At first glance, math savant Christian Wolff seems to be nothing more than a storefront CPA, right down to his spreadsheets and pocket protector. However, his usual clientele are among the world's most powerful crime lords, and his mild-mannered demeanor and somewhat innocuous appearance belie the fact that he may be more dangerous than any of them.

Ben Affleck, who stars in the role, notes, "The story speaks to the duality in all of us. It might be easy to pigeonhole a guy like Chris, but we find out he's capable of much more than you imagine."

The actor goes on to reveal that there is another unexpected wrinkle to Christian, who is able to crunch more than just numbers. "On the one hand, he's this effectively trained fighter and on the other, he's a math savant. Those facets of his personality - seemingly at odds in him - were unlike anything I've ever done before and made it both exciting and challenging."

O'Connor agrees. "The center point of the film was this fascinating character that I loved and wanted to explore. How did he become this man? How did he get those skills? How did he become this lethal fighter? The story has intertwining puzzles, which gave it a high IQ factor and made it especially intriguing."

Screenwriter Bill Dubuque affirms, "The concept of an accountant - a profession that we normally think of as pretty mundane - who is outside what most would consider conventional and had extraordinary abilities was something different. If you're a mainstream company and think someone's embezzling funds, you have a team of accountants who can determine where the money is going. But if you're a drug cartel or a Mafia kingpin, you can't do that. You've got to be able to call somebody who can come in, figure out the patterns in your books, and say, 'This is where the leak is.' And then get out. As I thought more about what would make this person special, I hit on the notion that he is on the autism spectrum. But he uses it to his advantage, and I just loved the idea of that."

O'Connor emphasizes, "We learned the term 'spectrum' is especially fitting because there is really no single type of autism; every person is an individual and at a different place on that spectrum. Christian is fictional and not based on anyone in real life - his remarkable aptitude for figures is a gift and his physical attributes are a product of his unique upbringing."

Dubuque surrounded Christian with other characters that are just as multifaceted, pointing out, "Almost no one is really who they seem to be."

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor says, "Bill created a fantastically written screenplay. I had never read anything like it before and found it completely unpredictable, which is always a good sign. There were twists that took me by surprise and I had a couple of gasp moments. That's what ultimately made me want to make the movie."

Opening across the Philippines on November 02, "The Accountant" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Tom Cruise's JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Explodes in Philippine Cinemas on October 19

Based upon author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide, Paramount Pictures presents the highly anticipated action-packed thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise.

In the film, years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers

Since 1997, readers have been riveted by the exploits of Jack Reacher, who first appeared in the pages of author Lee Child's "Killing Floor" and continued on in a series now spanning twenty novels.

Producer Don Granger brought the hit series to Tom Cruise's attention, which led to Cruise starring and producing 2012's Jack Reacher, an adaptation of the Child's ninth Reacher novel "One Shot" that went on to gross over $200 million in worldwide box office.

After the success of Jack Reacher, producers immediately started developing the next film, basing it on "Never Go Back," a more recent book in the series.

"The great thing about the Jack Reacher novels is that they're not chronological," Granger explains. "There's not a lot of continuity that you need to be familiar with to enjoy the story. With the exception of Reacher and his toothbrush, there are very few characters that carry over from book to book."

Child describes the lasting appeal of his character: "Reacher is a modern iteration of the mysterious stranger. The American paradigm is the Western, where a mysterious rider comes in off the range, sorts out the problem, and rides off into the sunset, but this character is universal. Medieval Europe had the knight-errant, and feudal Japan had the ronin - banished knights forced to wander the land, doing good deeds."

Appropriately, director and co-writer Edward Zwick previously worked with Tom Cruise in 2003's The Last Samurai. "I immediately connected with this story and this character," says Zwick. "Jack Reacher is an archetypal American hero and a modern day ronin: he's traded a life of rules and structure to live this nomadic life, free of emotional attachments and responsibilities."

"There's a wish fulfillment in a character like Reacher," says co-writer Marshall Herskovitz. "We all want to be somebody who's going to stand up to the bad guys, and Reacher is this one man retaliatory force for justice. He's on his own and he doesn't take crap from anybody."

Opening across the Philippines on October 19, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

James Corden, Ilana Glazer Join T.J. Miller in The Voice Cast of EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOUSELF

Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Emmy and Tony award winner James Corden (Into the Woods) and Emmy nominee Ilana Glazer (Broad City) would join previously announced T.J. Miller (Deadpool) to lead the cast of summer 2017's animated comedy EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF.

EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user.  In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, commented on the announcement saying, "Over six billion emojis are texted every day, and emojis have become a universal language that transcends age and culture.  The power of emojis is that they allow you to express yourself in a fast and very fun way, and that is what our movie is about:  self expression.  We are very lucky to have some of the smartest and funniest actors today bringing their unique voices to this movie."

Adds director Anthony Leondis, "Hi-5 is a high-five emoji who is a highly motivated, and highly dramatic, hand on a mission (sorry), and the brilliantly versatile, ebullient and always lovable James Corden fits this part like a glove (sorry again). For the rebel 'break all the codes' computer programmer emoji Jailbreak, Ilana Glazer is the kind of singularly free-spirited, fearless and funny actress to make girls really feel the empowered 'nobody's gonna keep me in a cage' attitude this character exudes. And, of course, T.J. Miller has proven himself to be one of the most genuinely inventive comedic actors around, uniquely capable of connecting and who can convey just about any expression—and often does!"

Sony Pictures Animation's EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF, which will take place through some of the most popular and universally recognized smartphone apps, is produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate (Puss in Boots, Silver Linings Playbook) and will be released in theaters by Columbia Pictures on August 11, 2017.

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TFC Brings Star Magic’s 25th Year Celebration of World-Class Talent to Filipinos in Australia

The Filipino Channel (TFC) brings the 25th anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN's world-renowned talent management team Star Magic, to its first world stop in Sydney, Australia via "Tatak Star Magic in Australia" at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on October 30.

According to Ailene Averion, ABS-CBN Asia Pacific Managing Director, bringing Star Magic's anniversary concert to the Land Down Under is part of TFC's continuing thrust to be a purveyor of Filipino talent.  "TFC believes in the galing or the greatness of the Filipino from across fields.  In the line of the performing arts, we have witnessed countless Filipinos bring pride to the Philippines from all over the world."  Averion adds, "This time, TFC and Star Magic bring five prime celebrities who represent some of the best in a mix of genres and have made their mark in their own fields."
"Tatak Star Magic in Australia," also one of the talent arm's way of saying "thank you" to the Filipinos all over the world for the support throughout the years, brings five of Star Magic's biggest stars to entertain kababayans in Australia. 

First in the lineup is the Ultimate Leading Man Piolo Pascual

Providing top-notch musical performances is Pop Rock Superstar Yeng Constantino who promises to deliver some of the biggest OPM hits to Kapamilyas in Sydney.

Joining them is one of the biggest Pinoy love teams and the stars of the recently concluded well-loved series "Dolce Amore," Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, known together as LizQuen.

Completing the ensemble is multi-faceted actress Pokwang who will deliver her brand of comedy.

 in Australia are set to witness world-class performances, thrilling numbers, non-stop laughter and most of all, Filipino pride, in "Tatak Star Magic in Australia" happening on October 30 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Ticket purchases can be made by visiting For more program updates, and to connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, or follow @KapamilyaTFC on IG and Twitter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dick Israel Was Found Dead

Veteran character actor Dick Israel passed away Tuesday night, October 11.

According to his son, the actor started vomiting blood before he was found dead inside their house.

In July, a fire hit the Israel's family's house, which destroyed almost everything he had worked for in his long showbiz career.

He also suffered a stroke in 2010 that left half of his body paralyzed and affected his speech.

Kris Aquino on ABS-CBN's Decision Not to Renew Her Contract: "It was my fault. I was stupid!"

During a product endorsement event in Makati City on Tuesday, October 11, Kris Aquino admitted that parting ways with ABS-CBN was her ‘fault’ and that she ‘overestimated’ her worth.

It was my fault. I could still be there now. I was stupid… but none of you knew that it was the time of the Abu Sayyaf threat. There were also health issues. Siguro that time, akala ko pagbalik ko may space pa. I overestimated my worth,” she said.

Last month, Kris confirmed that she is leaving the Kapamilya network which has been her home network for two decades. She is now working with Tony Tuviera of TAPE Inc. and APT Entertainment.

I miss them. I miss the work. I miss what I knew. I miss the daily conversations. I miss the 12 midnight text telling me na ito ’yung nabago sa schedule. I miss my cameramen. We were like a family. This is also like an annulment,” she added.

When asked if there are any chances that she might return to ABS-CBN, she said that she doesn’t have an exclusive contract with any TV network yet.

So if it’s God’s will, it might happen, and I would be the happiest person. But if it’s also God’s will that GMA will welcome me, it’d be great. If CNN sasabihin nila na part of the package is I get to meet (American chef and TV host) Anthony Bourdain, I’m very excited right now,” she said. 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Rewind Networks' HITS Arrives in the Philippines via Cignal HD

Cignal and Rewind Networks announced the launch of HITS HD (Cignal Channel 120) on Cignal Postpaid Plan 290 and up, and Cignal Prepaid HDLoad 300 and upHITS will go live midnightMonday, October 10th, 2016

"Cignal is committed to providing only the best to our subscribers and HITS HD delivers on that promise," said Jane J. Basas, President of Cignal."the Filipino audiences who grew up watching some of their favourite shows, will definitely be excited to watch series like 'MacGyver' and 'The Nanny'again."

"This deal signals another awesome and proud milestone for us," said Mr. Avi Himatsinghani, CEO of Rewind Networks. "HITS is one of a kind service in the market with its celebration of the very best in TV content ever created, all in one place.We are delighted to expand our footprint in the Philippines with this partnership. Cignal subscribers will have a chance to watch our curation of some of the finest TV content for the first time in HD quality."

Vitto Lazatin, Cignal VP – Content Acquisition, Management & Strategy, states that, "HITS is unique and will bring back some great viewing experiences where everyone in the family can watch together and laugh along with series such as 'Seinfeld,' 'TAXI' and 'The Wonder Years'."

Ms. Sandie Lee, VP & Channel Head of Rewind Networks commented: "HITS provides familiar faces and really strong storylines in all our multi-award winning series. It's really the "comfort food of television" for our Asian audienceOur simple schedule makes HITS very easy to watch as fans can catch their favourite shows at the same time every weekday, which is how most local channels are programmed today". 

HITS' multi-award winning series bring the greatest stories and famous characters back to those who recognize them and introduces a new generation of TV viewers to these iconic shows. Ratings successes in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and other markets have proven that HITS' curation of awesome shows such as The X-Files, Grey's Anatomy, Cheers and The Golden Girls resonates with viewers in the region. HITS' launch on Cignal coincides with the premiere of popular comedy series 'That '70s Show,' which launched the careers of A-list stars Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace.

Catch these iconic shows on HITS, available in HD on Cignal TV, Channel 120.

About Cignal

Cignal TV was launched in 2009 and is currently the Philippines' leading Pay TV provider. It transmits 115 channels including free-to-air, SD and HD channels to 1.48M household and commercial venues nationwide.  Cignal is owned by Cignal TV, a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media partner of PLDT Group.

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About Rewind Networks
Rewind Networks Pte. Ltd., Incorporated and Headquartered in Singapore, is a Multimedia Branded Entertainment Company dedicated to providing the Best in Class content to audiences across the Asia Pacific region. 

HITS is Rewind Networks' maiden venture launched as a linear 24x7 pan-regional Pay-TV channel service that debuted in Singapore on StarHub at the end of 2013. In the following year, HITS launched in the Philippines (SKYcable), Indonesia (Indovision) and Malaysia (Astro) followed by further expansions in 2015 including Singtel in Singapore, nowTV and LeEco in Hong Kong, CTH in Thailand, CNS and dmg in Taiwan. In 2016 the channel launched on KRISTAL Astro in Brunei and now expands its footprint in the Philippines with the launch on Cignal. HITS distribution is now over 8 million homes and will continue to have progressive roll-outs in other South East Asia markets as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan. HITS' award-winning line-up of shows is the result of exclusive multi-year licensing deals with some of the leading studios including Disney Media Distribution, CBS Studios International, NBC Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution Fremantle Media and Carsey-Werner. HITS Replay and the HITS app are the ancillary catch up on demand services for authenticated subscribers. The HITS app is available for iOS and Android devices. 

HITS is broadcast as a single regional feed from Encompass Digital Asia facilities in Singapore and is available as an encrypted service on Intelsat 19. To get HITS contact your local pay tv operator. To know more log on to




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