June 30, 2017

Tony Stark Mentora Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark takes Peter Parker (Tom Holland) under his wing in Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming, the new action-adventure that brings Spider-Man of the comic books to the screen alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes for the first time.

Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up the action directly following the epic battle scene of Captain America: Civil War, with Tony Stark returning "underoos" back home to Queens.

"Peter really believes he has a mentor in Tony Stark, and Tony really likes Peter, but he can't be babysitting this kid," producer Kevin Feige explains. "Tony gives Peter a little bit of rope to see what he can do on his own."

Peter believes that his "internship" with Stark Industries is merely a prelude and test toward becoming a full-fledged member of the Avengers – but the spider needs to learn to crawl before it can fly, as Holland explains: "We go back in time to relive the Civil War splash panel fight from Peter's perspective. We see him having the time of his life. He's on a private jet with Happy, he's staying in this crazy beautiful hotel room to suddenly him being crammed on a subway late for school. No one's called him to give him another mission. That's the contrast: the kid at summer camp is suddenly the kid back at school."

"Tony becomes a kind of father figure to Peter," says Holland. "Peter's trying to prove himself to Tony that he is old and wise enough to take on bigger tasks, but Tony keeps putting him down and telling him he isn't ready yet. I think that's what really drives Peter to possibly go down the wrong path, before he figures it out and we see why Peter Parker is the most beloved and powerful super hero of the MCU."

And Iron Man himself vouches for the casting of Peter. "Tom Holland is just the perfect man for the job," says Downey. "He's enthusiastic, bright and gifted, a very physically talented guy by virtue of his dance and acrobatic background. He has just the right combination of elements required to bring a new take on the character."

"The energy of Tom Holland meeting Robert Downey Jr. for the first time was exactly what we wanted out of Peter Parker meeting Tony Stark," says Kevin Feige. "The audition scene was the bedroom scene in Captain America: Civil War, and so we wanted to continue that relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark that we set up in the film."

In Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6), thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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June 29, 2017

Resorts World Manila (RWM) Resumes Gaming Operations on June 29

Resorts World Manila (RWM) resumes its gaming operations on June 9, Thursday. This after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) lifted the June 9, 2017 suspension order of RWM’s provisional license to operate casinos and other gaming facilities.

The decision came after RWM presented to PAGCOR its Casino Security Protective Action Plans. RWM passed the PAGCOR inspection that recognized how the enhancements and new emergency, safety and security protocols have been fortified since the June 2, 2017 incident where the lone gunman Jessie Carlos barged into the hotel-casino and set gaming tables ablaze, triggering fires that suffocated guests and employees.

With PAGCOR’s assistance and guidance, we can now start the difficult task of rebuilding as it is also our responsibility to take care of our 6,000 staff and personnel,” said Kingson Sian, RWM president and CEO.

We are bringing back the gaming operations on the ground and third floors of our integrated resort. The second floor will no longer be used for casino operations and will be utilized for other non-gaming purposes instead, Sian added.


RWM engaged the services of an international security outfit Blackpanda to tighten the external and internal security protocols. Sian said that RWM remains committed to putting in place the best security and safety measures available and will constantly review for upgrades as new technology and developments require. RWM has also committed to further intensify its coordination and joint drill sessions with the PNP and BFP for various emergency situations.

June 28, 2017

"Barcelona: A Love Untold" To Be Shown in Korea as Part of Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

"Barcelona: A Love Untold," the 2016 blockbuster movie that put Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo to Box-Office King and Queen status will be shown in South Korea this July as part of Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival's (BIFAN) Best of Asia lineup. 

This year's BIFAN will be held from July 13 to 23. Other Filipino films included in the Best of Asia program is other Star Cinema offerings "The Super Parental Guardians" and "The Unmarried Wife."

Cathy Garcia-Molina Resigns from "La Luna Sangre"

Cathy Garcia-Molina announced on Tuesday that she is leaving "La Luna Sangre" effective immediately.

One week after the premiere episode of phenomenal ABS-CBN fantasy series, Direk Cathy said that she needed to give up her directorial job for the series to focus on a new Star Cinema movie "Seven Sundays" starring Dingdong Dantes, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Aga Muhlach.

She added that while she regrets the decision, it is her "duty" to adhere with the mandate by Kapamilya executives.

Direk Cathy will be replaced by Richard Arellano and GB Sampedro.

Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber Headline #SmartMusicLive 3Q Concert Lineup


Britney Spears was just the tip of the iceberg that is Smart Music Live's rest-of-year concert lineup. Prior to the pop superstar's June 15 takeover of the Manila concert scene, Smart Music Live also strung together a series of live acts featuring Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, David Guetta and a U2 Fly-Off affair promo.


Smart subscribers were not only given free premium tickets during the first half of 2017 but were treated to meet-and-greets and press events like in the case of Shawn Mendes' pre-show perks. In the case of Britney fans, winning subscribers were able to board the Smart Music Live Party Bus where the "toured a la Britney" before experiencing Piece of Me at the Mall of Asia Arena.


But things are just heating up for luck Smart music fans as they are in for an immersive concert experience like never before… one big music name after another.


Justin Bieber headlines the all-star forthcoming concert series experience like never before alongside Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and In the Mix's 5SoS, Dnce, Two-Door Cinema Club, Dua Lipa, Daya and Zara Larsson.


Ariana Grande is the artist of the moment. She has exhibited how exactly it is to rise from tragedy and use her influence to bounce back from the horrific Manchester bombings during her Dangerous Woman tour in United Kingdom. 


But she's back and she's bringing all the light and love with her when the One Last Time hit-maker performs at the Mall of Asia Arena her Dangerous Woman tour on August 21. New York Times called Ariana's Dangerous Woman "a show of confidence, prowess and aplomb" which describing the performer as "a former child star who got national exposure on Nickelodeon, [she] flaunts professionalism, not skin or profanities."


Prior to Ariana's grand party, Liam Gallagher of Oasis will stage his own concert at the Arena on Auggust 14 before In the Mix gathers the following in one concert event on August 17: 5SoS, Dnce, Two-Door Cinema Club, Dua Lipa, Daya and Zara Larsson.

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Kathryn Bernardo to Marry Daniel Padilla in 10 Years Time

Giving her fans the green light to let their imagination run wild, Kathryn Bernardo said she would marry Daniel Padilla if her "La Luna Sangre" co-star asks her 10 years from now.

Whilst guesting on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Tuesday, Bernardo was thrown the question: "Halimbawa, 10 years from now, DJ goes to you and says, 'Will you marry me?' Is that a yes or a no?"

Without hesitation, Bernardo exclaimed: "Yes."

The pair, who have topbilled several hit shows and movies together, have been open about their feelings for each other, saying that they are "exclusively dating."

Asked if she is the "territorial" type who easily gets jealous when another woman gets close with Padilla, she said: "Alam naman ni DJ kung hanggang saan lang dapat. ...Iyong trust na lang iyon. Alam naman ni DJ kung saan siya lulugar. Confident ako sa kanya." - Source: ABS-CBN

June 27, 2017

40th Gawad Urian 2017 Nominees - Charo Santos, Ai Ai de las Alas, Khalil Ramos, Paolo Ballesteros and John Lloyd Cruz

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has announced the nominees for the country’s much-awaited film award recognition, the 40th Gawad Urian, happening on July 20 at ABS-CBN’s Studio 10 and will be airing live on Cinema One.

Leading this year’s list is the film “Women of the Weeping River” produced by Southern Lantern Studios, Haut Lesmains and TBA, with 12 nominations including best picture and best direction for Sheron Dayoc. “Paglipay,” produced by Milagros Ong How, follows with 11 nominations. “Ma’ Rosa,” from Centerstage Productions and Solar Pictures, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” produced by Found Films, Quantum Films and Cinemalaya Foundation, and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, all have 9 nominations.

This year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian award will go to the Star for all Seasons - Vilma Santos - who won the most number of acting awards, a total of 8 best actress nods, from the esteemed body in the past years.

Aside from “Women of the Weeping River,” the nominees for Best Film include “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” “Paglipay,” “Ma’ Rosa,”, “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” and “Baboy Halas” from Origane Films, Timewrap, Oya Film Productions, Alchemy of Vision, Lights Productions and Three Six-Zero Industries.

The nominees for Best Actress are Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Laila Ulao (Women of the Weeping River), Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa), Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na), Ai Ai de las Alas (Area), Elizabeth Oropesa (MRS), Irma Adlawan (ORO), Hasmine Kilip (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project), and Nora Aunor (Hinulid).

Khalil Ramos (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten), Tommy Abuel (Dagsin), Bembol Roco (Pauwi Na), Garry Cabalic (Paglipay), Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful), Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo), and Pepe Smith (Singing in Graveyards) are the Best Actor nominees.

Aside from Dayoc, nominated for Best Direction are Lav Diaz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa), Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Zig Madamba Dulay (Paglipay), Bagane Fiola (Baboy Halas), Paolo Villaluna (Pauwi Na), Avid Liongoren (Saving Sally), and Lemuel Lorca (Ned’s Project).

For Best Supporting Actor, the nominees include John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River), Christian Bables (Die Beautiful), Jess Mendoza (Hinulid), and Julio Diaz (Ma’ Rosa).

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress are Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon), Barbie Forteza (Tuos), Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans (Women of the Weeping River), Anna Luna (Paglipay), Joan Dela Cruz (Pagligay), Lui Manansala (Ned’s Project), Lotlot de Leon (MRS), Janine Gutierrez (Dagsin), Ma. Zimadar Caranay-Raper (Women of the Weeping River) and Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na).

Other categories in this annual film recognition include Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Short Film and Best Documentary.

This year marks Gawad Urian’s 40th year in the industry. Since its first ever awarding ceremony held in 1977, it has become one of the most prestigious and most respected film awards in the country.

The nominees and winners are chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema led by its President Rolando Tolentino together with members Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda  Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente and Lito Zulueta.

Catch the 40th Gawad Urian on Cinema One (SkyCable ch. 56, Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37) on July 20 at 9PM.

To see full list of nominees, visit www.cinemaone.ph or the official website of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (www.manunuri.com). For other updates, like Cinema One’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel).

ABS-CBN News Journos Share the Stories from Marawi on ANC's "Mukha"

ABS-CBN news reporters Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy will tell the story of the people of Marawi, who are caught in the middle of an armed conflict in a special episode of the award-winning documentary series “MUKHA” tomorrow (June 28), 6:30pm on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Deployed in Marawi to cover the on-going war, Chiara and Jeff were able to talk to the city’s residents, who have lost a sense of safety and security in their very own homes; as well as the uniformed men, who are bravely risking their lives to defend the land.

These are the stories of hope of our fellow Filipinos, amid the uncertainty of survival, after more than a month since the attack of the Maute terror group.

“Mukha” is a world-class TV production of DocuCentral, the documentary arm of ABS-CBN. It won a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in 2016 and was a finalist in this year’s New York Festivals.

Catch this special episode of “Mukha” on Marawi entitled “Di Ka Pasisiil (Never Will be Conquered)” with narration by Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy tomorrow, Wednesday (June 28), 6:30 p.m. on ANC.  It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MukhaTV on Twitter and Facebook.

June 26, 2017

Experts Talk How the Most Terrifying Pinoy Exorcism Movie "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is Made

From the makers of much talked-about horror movie "Seklusyon" from the recent Metro Manila Festival (MMFF), comes another psychological thriller with a familiar theme of idolatry as a form of evil and the mystery of faith overpowering the demons that lurks within us.

But unlike any other exorcism-terror movie, "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" banks on the versatility of its cast, a well-written script, an effective cinematography and sound scoring making it the much-anticipated movie of this time.

Watch this exclusive interview with "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" cast composed of Sarah Lahbati, Shy Carlos and Julian Trono, director Katsi Flores, and producer Erik Matti.

"Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is showing in theaters nationwide on June 28, 2017 under Viva Films and Kamikaze Production.

Spider-Man Comes Home to Marvel Cinematic Universe in Fun-Filled Action-Adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel's crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

For producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original way that film audiences have never seen before was a top priority. "Over the past 15 years, we have built the Marvel Cinematic Universe with so many characters and movies, and now we have the opportunity to introduce Peter Parker and the Spider-Man franchise into that universe for the first time," says Feige. "It's exciting because that's how he truly was in the comics, from the very beginning – he didn't enter the comics as the only hero; he entered a world in which Tony Stark, Captain America and the Avengers all were there. And now, for the first time, we get that in an entire film, which makes it fresh and new."

Producer Amy Pascal speaks to the unprecedented collaboration. "This movie is a product of Sony and Marvel working closely together," says Pascal. "It's a Sony movie and a Marvel production. Everyone came together and decided if we can put Spider-Man back in the MCU, which he always was a part of in the comics, everybody wins – and the biggest winner is the fans, as they finally get to see what they've been waiting a long time to see."

"Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller," says director Jon Watts, who takes the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. "Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn't have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero. He's grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say 'I am Iron Man' on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don't have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it."

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Experience the Best Filipino Home Cooking Straight FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN on July 1 at COLOURS on Cignaltv

The IdeaFirst Company is proud to present a food show that is just overflowing with love and joy...FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN!

In this special TV series airing on COLOURS on CignalTV starting July 1, Saturday 8pm, viewers will now get a chance to see Tita Helen Gamboa-Sotto create dishes that will go beyond the average comfort food. She will share recipes passed on from generations of her family, plus those that she herself has concocted that have been tried and tested by her loved ones.

For a lot of people, cooking is not just a chore but a commitment to create meals with love and passion. One such person is Tita Helen. Known by her friends as the ultimate Queen of the Kitchen, every recipe she dishes out for her family and friends is thought of and cared for. This is how she shows her love.

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And this caring for food, family and friends is what viewers will get to see as we take a peek and get a special taste of life…FROM HELEN’S KITCHEN.

Q&A with Helen Gamboa-Sotto:

How her new cooking show 'From Helen's Kitchen' was conceptualized

Helen Gamboa's Passion for Cooking Came from Her Mom

Eat's Bulaga! Dabarkads most favorite among her recipes

Directed by Bibeth Orteza, Written by Paolo Bustamante, Executive Produced by Jen Mauricio for The IdeaFirst Company, FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN premiers July 1, Saturday 8pm on COLOURS on CignalTV.




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