Saturday, November 17, 2018

PROMATE Holiday Promo Offers Big Discounts on Electronic Accessories to Complete Your Christmas Gift Shopping List

 

Technology is an important part of everyone's life. The first thing we do when we wake up is reach for our phone and check Facebook, Twitter or InstagramWe also need to charge our gadgets regularly and protect them from drops and bumps. Gadgets and accessories are also perfect when we travel or are on the go.

 

Tech-related gadgets and accessories are always welcome gifts for the holidays.

 

Promate, the global leader in consumer electronic accessories for mobile, tablet and computers, recently launched its Special Festive Offers for the holidays at selected retail outlets with exciting and substantial discounts on selected products.

 

If you're looking for gifts for techie friends who are always on the go, you can't go wrong with Promate

 

For audiophiles

 

The TuneBuds-1 In-Ear Stereo Earphones with Mic(discounted from Php780 to Php480)

 

These earphones have an optimally tuned acoustic design that promises a superior listening experience, whether you are on Spotify or watching movies and TV shows on Netflix. They're light and perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle.

 

Symphony Wireless HD Stereo Headset (discounted from Php2495 to Php1295)

 

Symphony has passive noise cancellation technology along with advanced protein leather ear cushion to provide optimum comfort fit. Its classic, simple metal and leather design will never fail to make a style statement wherever you go. With music playtime of up to 5 hours, it is the perfect companion for trips. Symphony also supports in-line music function and built-in mic function, which means you can pick up calls while listening to music.

 

For busy techies

 

Force-10 10000mah Ultra-Fast Power Bank (discounted from Php1995 to Php995


The Force-10 is powerful 10000mAh li-polymer backup battery that is incredibly sleek and lightweight.

 

For the modern traveler

 

Travelpack-S Essential Mini Organizer Pouch (discounted from Php895 to Php380

and Travelpack-L Complete Travel Organizer Pouch (discounted from Php995 to Php480)

 

These versatile electronics organizers will keep your travel tech under control in the most stylish and durable way possible. These nylon travel bags come with plenty of room to hold various items like cables, headphones, memory cards, hard drives, adapters, pens and even small electronic devices

 

Promate Special Festive Offers is available at the following Promate stores:

4/F SM North Edsa Annex

Ayala Cebu

SM Clark

4/F Robinsons Ermita: and retail partners: Abacus, AbensonAllworld Computer, BCG, Concept Computer, Denvers Computershoppe, Digital Interface, ComplinkElectroworld, Jargons, PCINet, Perfect Shot, Silicon Valley, Storm, TCA, Urban Gadgets and Wilcon

 

Promo runs from November 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019.


All Promate products come with a warranty of 24 months.

 

For more information on other exciting deals and products, visit www.promate.ph and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @promatephil.


The New iWant Now Streaming Online

ABS-CBN, the leading entertainment and media network in the Philippines, will launch new streaming service iWant today with a slew of original shows and movies that will want to make users stay glued to their mobile devices and binge-watch for hours.

iWant, which will be available to users in the Philippines on iOS, Android, and through the web, has lined up a diverse mix of compelling titles that will appeal to every user – all for free.

Viewers who are anticipating the much-hyped film "Glorious," whose trailer has earned more than 14 million views in less than a week, will finally get to see the sensual scenes and romantic May-December love affair of Glory (Angel Aquino) and Niko (Tony Labrusca). While physical attraction will initially draw them together, they will try to overcome the challenges in their relationship, including their opposing perspectives, age gap, and disapproval and judgment from their loved ones and community.

Tony Labrusca and Angel Aquino Find Their Freedom to Love in “Glorious”

Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca take on the most daring roles in their careers as they play lovers in a May-December love affair in "Glorious", an original movie produced by Dreamscape Digital for streaming exclusively inside the Philippines via iWant, ABS-CBN's new content-on-demand digital app, and in most countries outside the Philippines via TFC Online (www.TFC.tv).

 

The movie, which will be available starting November 17, has caught the imagination and piqued the interest of millions of netizens. Memes abound on social media, as its full trailer has earned more than 16.9 million views.

More than the viral trailer's steamy scenes that enticed and thrilled netizens, it has also spurred conversations online about age gap in relationships and the stigma attached to them.

 

Written and directed by Concepcion Macatuno, "Glorious" tells the story of Glory(Aquino), a 52-year-old brain tumor survivor who falls in love with Niko (Labrusca), a guy 30 years her junior. 

 

Faced with different challenges in life, Glorymeets the enthusiastic and adventurous 22-year-old Niko, and the two have an instant connection.

While physical attraction will initially draw them together, it will turn into a kind of love that will help them overcome the encompassing challenges in their relationship, including their opposing perspectives, age gap, and disapproval and judgment from their loved ones and community.

Will Glory and Niko be courageous enough to fight for their relationship? How will Glorylearn to stand by her convictions and pursue her own happiness?

 

More than the intriguing daring scenes seen in the trailer, Aquino and Labrusca both agree that their film speaks about everyone's freedom to love whoever they choose to love.

 

"Sana palayain natin 'yong mga sarili natin na, 'I am in love with this person, I love him very much' and if he genuinely loves you, he will not feel ashamed holding your hand in public, kissing you every now and then in public kasi pagmamahal naman talaga ang mahalaga (Let us give ourselves the freedom to love whoever we want to love, and if he genuinely loves you, he will not feel ashamed holding your hand in public, kissing you every now and then in public because what is important here is love)," explained Aquino.

 

On the other hand, Labrusca commented: "I guess some people would say it is about breaking boundaries, but I think it is so much more about age. It is to show people that you can fall in love with whoever you want to fall in love with. Everybody deserves love, and anybody can find love at whatever age."

Meantime, the film's subject has triggered netizens to share their thoughts on social media, and even Broadway Diva Lea Salonga said that she hopes the movie becomes successful not just for its love scenes, but also its potential to "begin a conversation about seeing older women and younger men on screen."

"Given how utterly beautiful both Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca are, I am all for it, and wish for their movie Glorious to be a massive hit," she added.

Volleyball star and TV host Gretchen Ho also praised the film, tweeting, "Great move by #IWant and #DreamscapeDigital for making #Glorious their first exclusive film! Digital doesn't have boundaries the way TV has."

"Glorious" is Dreamscape Digital's first offering, made exclusively for the new iWant, which can be accessed via iOS or Android app inside the Philippines starting November 17. It can also be seen in most countries outside the Philippines via TFC Online (www.TFC.tvstarting November 17 at 4:00 p.m. (Manila time), free for TFC Online Premium subscribers in most countries worldwide.

 

For updates about TFC shows, visit TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area and facebook.com/iWant. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @iwant on Twitter, and @iwantofficial and @dreamscapedigital on Instagram, and @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Story Head for “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” Shares Her Experiences with Fellow Filipino Animators

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Josie Trinidad recently visited the Philippines to talk to fellow Filipino animators at the 2018 Animahenasyon, Philippine Animation Festival. Trinidad is the head of story for Disney's upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the much-awaited sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph

 

"I can't tell you what a dream come true everything on this film has been for the animators," Trinidad told the aspiring and professional animators at the festival about her experience working on Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

 

The proudly Filipino animator, who oversaw the film's story team (the group responsible for translating the script to its first visual form), shared the animation process at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She also showed behind-the-scenes videos and several clips from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

 

Hometown Hero 

"My journey started here in the Philippines," said Trinidad, whose parents are both Filipinos who migrated to the United States. "I feel very connected to the Philippines, despite being miles away." 

 

In 2004, Trinidad joined the Disney team as a story apprentice, and once she completed training, she was hired as a story artist. Her Disney credits include The Princess and the Frog (2009), Tangled (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and the Academy Award-winning Zootopia (2016), for which she was co-head of story.  She is joined by other Filipino talents in the studio such as Ronnie Del Carmen, Gini Cruz, Paul Abadilla, Nelson Bohol, and Bobby Rubio. "The diversity is by design," said Trinidad, "because Disney's stories go global." 

 

Research, Research, Research 

According to Trinidad, once the directors give their idea for a film, the team goes on full-on research mode. "We start every film we do with research," she said. "We're passionate about research because we care for the believability of our stories." Plus, research can be so much fun! For example, for Moana the animation team went on a research trip to the beautiful islands of Polynesia. 

 

For Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, after directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston had  given their vision for the film, the team asked themselves: Where do we go for research? 

 

The answer: One Wilshire Boulevard, a data center in Los Angeles, California, which houses all internet communication for the U.S. It wasn't quite like visiting the exotic islands of Polynesia, but what they saw awed and inspired the team to create a visual for the world wide web that would be relatable to audiences in the much same way that the power strip a.k.a. Game Central Station did in the first film. "We started to envision that the internet was like a major city, like Manhattan and Manila," said Trinidad. 

 

Never Give Up

Just like the stories she helps create for Disney, Trinidad's real-life success as one of the Filipino animators at Disney is an inspiration for Filipino animators. 

 

"I am the poster child for someone who failed but still made it to where I am today," said Trinidad, who earlier shared that she realized while in animation school that she wasn't as good as her peers at drawing, and that she couldn't find a job after graduating. "Just be true to yourself and work extremely hard. I got to where I am because I'm Filipino and my parents instilled in me an incredible work ethic. Keep at it, and never give up." 

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in Philippine cinemas November 21.

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #RalphBreaksTheInternet

Calbee and Yassi Pressman Surprise Theater Club Members with #TheNAKSLevel Acting Workshop

 

Following its exciting grocery sampling treat, Calbee rolled out another NAKS Level stunt to continue to delight its snack-loving fans. This time, the potato chips brand visited members of a university theater club, and put their acting skills to the test with a special drama class activity.

 

Calbee teamed up with Far Eastern University's (FEU) theater organization, FEU Artist Connection Theater Guild, to hold an acting activity with its members. Unaware of the surprise that was to unravel, participants were asked to perform a dialogue with a standee of Calbee celebrity endorser, Yassi Pressman.

 

As the young actors and actresses were passionately delivering dramatic pieces about heartbreak or jealousy, the real Yassi suddenly appeared from behind the scenes and continued the script.

 

While some students were able to keep their composure and finish their lines to the NAKS Level, some couldn't help but to jump in excitement after they recognized the young celebrity. One student shared how he felt about the surprise, "Hindi ko in-expect na lalabas si Yassi. Nagulat ako but as a performer and as an actor, you have to continue performing. It was a really good experience to deliver a line with Yassi." 

 

Following the drama stunt, Calbee held an acting workshop where the TV and movie actress Yassi shared helpful tips on how the club members can enhance their skills as performers and actors. The students also enjoyed their favorite Calbee Honey Butter and Wasabi Potato Chips during the session. 

 

"In line with our NAKS level campaign, we took this chance to challenge the students of FEU to take their acting skills to the next level. We wanted them to share and enjoy an extraordinary experience with Calbee," shared Kate Barrios, Calbee-Universal Robina Corporation assistant brand manager. 

 

Check out how the FEU students performed with Yassi at (https://www.facebook.com/JacknJillCalbee.PH/videos/1950306418395342/). The fun and excitement will not stop as Calbee brings you to the NAKS Level with its best-tasting potato chip snacks and one-of-a-kind activities. Stay tuned for more surprises by following Calbee's Facebook (@JacknJillCalbee.PH) and Instagram (@CalbeePH) accounts, and Universal Robina Corporation's website (www2.urc.com.ph).

Win a Free Tour to Barcelona, Spain via SKYcable’s SKYLife Wanderlust: Tour de España”

Barcelona, Spain has so much to offer, it's hard to resist any chance to visit. Aside from having a bustling cultural and art scene, the Mediterranean country's cosmopolitan capital, Barcelona, offers destinations that get a spot in bucket lists. 

 

Good thing SKYcable's SKY Life is giving One SKY Fiber and SKY Cable subscribers nationwide a chance to win a tour. The lucky winner gets the chance to get more out of life as he gets to check out one of Europe's most breathtaking cities, including these places no first time visitor should miss. 


They can even earn more raffle entries if they upgrade to SKYcable's new Sky On Demand Box.  

 

 1.      The El Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia or Sagrada Familia

Get more out of Barcelona culture by basking in the majesty of its awe-inspiring structures? Visit the El Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia or Sagrada Familia, the large and iconic and still under construction Roman Catholic church in Barcelona designed by Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí. It is known for its avant-garde architecture and was intended to become a universal masterpiece combining all symbols of Christianity. It is expected to be finished by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí's death.


 

2.   The Park Guell  

One example is the world famous Park Güell, a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Spain also by Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at the ceramic work while taking in a fabulous forest built within the park.

 

 

3.   The Montserrat Tourat 

Almost every nook and cranny in Barcelona screams so much history. The Montserrat Tourat, is a tour that cannot be missed by any first time wanderer because it is one of the most popular and unique treasures of the country. Montserrat holds a religious and historical significance because it is one of the oldest monasteries in the region and for the devotion to the Black Madonna with a devout following across the globe.

 

 

4.   The 1881 Per Sagardi 

Other than the architectural feats, Spanish people also know to enjoy good food with a view. Take for example the 1881 Per Sagardi. It is a restaurant located at the History Museum of Catalonia, a unique space in the city overlooking the port of Barcelona, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.


 

5.   The La Roca Village 

One doesn't go on a wanderlust without getting hungry, and Barcelona, Spain is a perfect place for any foodie. From Tapas to Paella, each dish is sure to satisfy any craving. And what better way to enjoy it than at La Roca Village offering some of the finest Catalan dishes as well as a perfect spot to have a Spanish shopping spree!  


 

Get more out of life with this chance to enjoy Barcelona for free by joining SKYcable's SKYLife Wanderlust: Tour de España! The promo runs from November 5 to December 5, 2018. Be the lucky SKY Cable subscriber to enjoy a magnificent five-day vacation at Barcelona, Spain from February 7 to 12, 2019. More details on the promo are available on the SKY website.

 

The SKY On Demand box is initially available in Metro Manila for as low as P1,999.  With the new box, subscribers get more of what they want with the enhanced the viewing experience that it brings: HD cable TV and streaming from Netflix, YouTube, and its very own online streaming service for subscribers, SKY On Demand – all from the same box. More information is available on mysky.com.ph/sodbox

 

SKY Cable Corporation is the first to introduce cable television to Filipinos in 1990. Since then, it has been a frontrunner in technology and cable TV content by being the first to design a highly customized viewing experience among subscribers, and offering the most number of HD channels.  

 

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SKYdirect Prepaid Subscribers Get Free Blockbuster Movie Channel

 

Christmas comes early to SKYdirect prepaid subscribers nationwide as they can now enjoy some of the biggest Pinoy blockbusters for free as SKY offers a movie channel (CH. 43) for subscribers who load prepaid plans 150 and up this November.

 

The blockbusters being shown 24/7 will allow families to have more bonding time at home. To be featured are the Unkabogable Vice Ganda's phenomenal films namely, "Beauty and the Bestie" with Coco Martin and JaDine; Vice Ganda as the Jackstone quadruplets in "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy;" and "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" directed by the late Wenn Deramas –three hilariously acclaimed movies that were loved by millions of Filipinos worldwide.

 

Two of Cathy Garcia Molina-directed marvels "One More Chance" and "A Second Chance" featuring the sought-after tandem of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, will also heat up the TV screens of SKYdirect subscribers to share about the pleasure and pain of falling in love. 

 

To get free access to the blockbuster movie channel, SKYdirect subscribers just need to load at least P150 by visiting their dealer or texting SKY150 <BOX ID> to 23667 using Globe or TM. Also available on SKY250 and SKY450. 

 

SKY Cable Corporation is the first to introduce cable television to Filipinos in 1990. Since then, it has been a frontrunner in technology and cable TV content by being the first to design a highly customized viewing experience among subscribers, and offering the most number of HD channels. Aside from pay TV brand SKYdirect, SKY's other offerings include SKYcable, One SKY Fiber (unlimited internet all-in bundles), and SKY On Demand (video-on-demand). 


For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/skydirectfreemovies.

Eleven Big Stars Seal Their Loyalty with ABS-CBN

 

Eleven ace celebrities remain Kapamilyas after renewing their respective contracts with ABS-CBN recently. 

 

The line-up of Kapamilya stars was led by actress, TV host, and the Ultimate Multimedia Star Toni Gonzaga who will continue hosting the recently launched program "Pinoy Big Brother Otso." Elated that she will still be a Kapamilya for the next two years, Toni shared, "I feel so at home. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to still be working with ABS-CBN and, of course, to be with my sister, parang bonus lahat." Her sister Alex Gonzaga also renewed a two-year contract with ABS-CBN and is also hosting PBB.

 

Along with the Gonzaga sisters, Chinita Princess Kim Chiu is also hosting PBB Otso and is also looking forward for an upcoming teleserye and a movie set next year. Kim feels nothing short of ecstatic after signing her two-year contract with the Kapamilya network. "It feels really good to renew your contract and sabihan ka ng mga bago mongprojects. Nakaka-inspire magtrabaho at patuloy na magbigay saya sa mga tao."

 

Singer, dancer, songwriter, actor and TV host Billy Crawford, on the other hand, will continuously host for the Sunday noontime variety show "ASAP." Fans can also look forward to seeing him in the upcoming Kapamilya programs such as "World of Dance," "Philippine Idol," and "Pilipinas Got Talent." Billy shared that being a Kapamilya, for him, is an honor. "It's always a blessing when your family still wants you. It's an amazing feeling to be part of ABS-CBN."

 

Kapamilya actor Gerald Anderson also expressed his excitement for his new teleserye entitled "Take Life." Gerald plays the role of a soldier in the said soap opera. He also feels blessed to still be a Kapamilya after 12 years since being a PBB housemate in 2006, "I'm just very excited, blessed, and grateful na bininibigyan pa rin ako ng opportunity to stay dito sa ABS-CBN."

 

"Halik" star Sam Milby also strengthened his ties with ABS-CBN. "I'm enjoying the role of being a bad guy," Sam quipped.

 

Meanwhile, Kapamilya heartthrob Arjo Atayde is busy taping for the drama serye "The General's Daughter" top-billed by actress Angel Locsin and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. 

 

Actress Erich Gonzales, whose teleserye "Blood Sisters" ended a few months ago, is also looking forward to the exciting projects lined up by ABS-CBN for her. 

 

Kapamilya actress Cristine Reyes, who currently stars in the serye "Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos," also inked her two-year contract with ABS-CBN.

 

Completing the roster of Kapamilya stars who recently signed their contracts with ABS-CBN were talent manager and Kapamilya comedian Ogie Diaz and "Banana Sundae" mainstay and comedian Jobert Austria. 

 

Present in the signing were ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak, chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, and head of finance for broadcast and news and current affairs Cat Lopez.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

“Running Man” Korean Singer Lee Chae-Yon Topbills Korean Horror “Mongdal”

"RUNNING MAN" KOREAN SINGER LEE CHAE-YON TOPBILLS KOREAN HORROR "MONGDAL"

 

Lee Chae-Yeon, from the hit Korean variety show "Running Man," stars in "Mongdal," the final offering of the first season of HBO's horror anthology, "Folklore."

 

In "Mongdal," Chae-Yeon plays Ok-Bin, a loving mother and a strict school principal to her son, Dong-Joo, who has anger management issues. Knowing her son's situation, she tries to understand his moods and gives in to his demands.

 

All is well for the two until her son falls deeply in love with the new girl in school. He is determined to get the girl - even if it is against her will. 

 

Up to what extent will Ok-Bin do in order to make her son happy? What is the significance of the bachelor ghost or popularly known as a Mongdal in the story? 

 

Lee Chae-Yeon was the episode's director Lee Sang-Woo's only choice for the leading role because he saw in her the star quality that set her apart from the other actresses in their initial choices. 

 

Episodes are helmed by different directors from various Asian countries, and are filmed in the local language of the country that the episode is based in.

 

Watch "Mongdal" on November 10, 10PM on HBO Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (For Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (For Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch on Ch. 22 HD. It is also available for streaming on HBO GO which is exclusively available to SKY subscribers. To subscribe, call 418-0000 or your local SKY office or visit www.mysky.com.ph.

 

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A Perilous Journey Beckons in R-Rated Film “Bad Times at the El Royale”

 

Stars collide in the upcoming R-rated intense crime drama "Bad Times at the El Royale" featuring the director's (Drew Goddard) dream cast composed of Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Tony® Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Broadway's The Color Purple), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades trilogy), Emmy® Award-winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes), and  Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Infinity War).

In "Bad Times at the El Royale",  seven very different but equally lost souls converge on the El Royale, a once-glorious resort that has since fallen—like its visitors—into disrepute. Situated on the border between California and Nevada, the El Royale offers warmth and sunshine to the west; hope and opportunity to the east. It also straddles the colliding worlds of past and present. Once the hotspot of Tahoe, where the country's most famous celebrities and politicians comingled in and around the resort's casino, bar, bungalows and pool, the good times have now come to a close.

At the El Royale, where the shine has faded from its lobby and the laughter fallen silent, gather Father Daniel Flynn (Bridges), soul singer Darlene Sweet (Erivo), traveling salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Hamm), hippie Emily Summerspring (Johnson), her sister Rose (Spaeny), manager Miles Miller (Pullman) and the enigmatic Billy Lee (Hemsworth).  Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.  

"I wanted to work with my dream cast," says writer-director Drew Goddard, "so I knew I had to create a document that would attract them. I had moments where I would look at Jeff and Cynthia and Chris, Jon, Dakota, just sit and look at all these heavyweights and think, how did I get here? I don't understand how I got to be so lucky. It was never lost on me how special it was."

 Bad Times at the El Royale, says Goddard, "was very much the definition of a passion project. I wrote it for myself. I'd been working on a lot of big-budget films (The Martian, World War Z), things that had a lot of pre-vis and complicated visual effects, and I was complaining to my wife one night.  So I challenged myself to create a construct where you have several people in a confined space. How do you make that interesting? How do you turn the story even though most of it takes place in the same location? How do you change that location over the course of one night? All these questions make it hard but really fun to write. And also I just love hotels. I love how they are this place where people come together for a very brief period of time and have these encounters. I wanted to explore this idea that one night in one hotel can change everyone's life."

Rated R-16 by the MTRCB, "Bad Times at the El Royale" opens November 21 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox. 

Meet the Regents of “The Four Realms” in “ The Nutcracker”

The filmmakers behind Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Fourth Realm" relished the idea of reinventing a time-honored story. 

 

Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and "The Nutcracker," "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" showcases the wondrous journey of Clara, who finds herself in the mystical world of the Four Realms, home to a host of eccentric characters and no shortage of surprises.  

 

Foremost of these characters are the Regents of the Four Realms -- the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, Hawthorne and Shiver.  Let's get to know them better!

 

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY is the beloved regent of the Land of Sweets, the yummiest of the realms with its gingerbread architecture and gum drop décor. Elegant, ethereal and naturally sweet, Sugar Plum wears a gown that sparkles like crystalized sugar. She welcomes Clara to the Four Realms with open arms, declaring her the guest of honor at an extravagant pageant. Clara's mother, Marie, was once Sugar Plum's dearest friend, so Clara is family.

 

"Sugar Plum is the personification of femininity," says Keira Knightley, who portrays the character. "I like to do a lot of research, so I started with the actual music of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which led to her laugh. I later found her high-pitched, girly voice that has two sides to it: pristine femininity and at the same time, quite assertive." 

 

MOTHER GINGER, leader of the dark and ominous Fourth Realm, is feared by all who inhabit the other realms. She once presided over the beloved Land of Amusements, a place of wisdom and entertainment, but a fierce dispute among the regents led to her banishment and her realm became a forgotten fairground with an abandoned carousel and wayward polichinelles. Mother Ginger sports fiery red hair and a face that's chipped and cracked like a broken doll, a look that surely underscores her reputation as an evil tyrant.

 

Helen Mirren fills Mother Ginger's shoes. "She is a very wise character - she has great insight," says Hallström. "Helen Mirren has the authority and intelligence to play a character like that. She's so smart and she's funny."

 

HAWTHORNE is the emotional and flamboyant regent of Land of Flowers, a fragrant and colorful realm with windmills, emerald foliage and blooms abound. Always smiling and filled with enthusiasm, Hawthorne heartily embraces celebration and pageantry. But he tends to shy away from conflict and often finds himself overshadowed by his fellow regents. He worries about the instability that threatens the realms - though he's quick to set his concerns aside when Clara arrives. In fact, Hawthorne is the first to react - bursting with unbridled excitement, much to the chagrin of the more reserved Shiver and Sugar Plum. 

 

According to Eugenio Derbez, who plays Hawthorne, the look of the character leaves no mystery as to which realm he oversees. "I'm like a walking bouquet," says Derbez. "I'm covered in flowers! It took two hours in the makeup chair each day to complete the look because they had to strategically place a lot of small detailed flowers on my face.

 

SHIVER is the regent of Land of Snowflakes, a stunning winter wonderland with ice castles and alpine villages set against a white-peaked mountain backdrop. Shiver is a well-mannered gentleman who's concerned with the future of the realms and nervous to a fault, Shiver wrings his hands with angst and uncertainty. He might come off as serious and unengaging - some would say cold - but Shiver is quite friendly underneath all of that frost. 

 

Richard E. Grant was called on to portray Shiver. "I have snowflakes all over my face," says Grant. "My beard is made of icicles, I have a 19th-century wig with icicles coming out of my head, and my fingernails are very long icicles, too. Jenny Beavan's extraordinary costume design, combined with Jenny Shircore's brilliant icicle make-up and wig design, instantly conjured up a severe looking, Arctic regent, obsessed with preserving his snowy realm from being changed or destroyed by evil forces. Shiver is willing to risk everything to support and protect Clara."

 

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

 

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #DisneysNutcracker

 

 

About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"

 

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale.


ABS-CBN Remains as the Most Watched Network in October 2018

More viewers nationwide turned to ABS-CBN for value-laden and relevant news stories as it scored an average audience share of 44%, or 13 points higher than GMA's 31%, according to data from Kantar Media.


ABS-CBN ruled both in urban and rural homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it recorded an average audience share of 42%, compared to GMA's 25%. It also won in Mega Manila with 36%, beating GMA's 33%.


The Kapamilya network also kept its strong viewership in Total Luzon with an average audience share of 39% versus GMA's 34%; in Total Visayas with 53%, compared to 24% of GMA; and in Total Mindanao with 53%, while GMA only got 25%.


Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.


Nine out of ten most watched programs were produced by ABS-CBN, led by "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (43.6%) and followed by "TV Patrol" (32.2%).


Also in the top ten were "Ngayon at Kailanman" (29.4%), "The Kids' Choice" (25.6%), "Wansapantaym" (23.5%), "Home Sweetie Home" (22.6%), "Meteor Garden" (22.5%), "Halik" (22.1%), and "MMK 25" (21.8%).


Meanwhile apart from raking high TV ratings every night, primetime teleserye "Halik" is also a hit online as it garnered over 3.6 million weekly views on iWant TV and a consistent trending topic on social media.


The Kapamilya network also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6PM-12MN) where it scored an average audience share of 48%, or 17-points higher than GMA's 31%. The primetime block is the most important time of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investments in to reach more consumers effectively.


ABS-CBN also triumphed over its rival network in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 36% versus GMA's 28%; in the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 43%, compared to GMA's 32%' and in the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 44%, winning over GMA's 33%.

Jason Moana, Amber Heard and Other “Aquaman” Stars to Arrive in Manila on December 11

Beginning this month and through the film's December 21 release, the director and stars of Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming action-packed "Aquaman" will journey across four continents to bring the film to fans and moviegoers around the world!  Throughout the tour, Wan and the cast will participate in live-stream activities and engage fans at events and through social media:

· November 18 – Beijing: Film Footage Screening and Fan Event

· November 26 – London: Live Stream World Premiere

· December 1 – New York City: Fan Event

· December 11 – Manila: Asian Premiere and Fan Event

· December 12 – Los Angeles: Live Stream U.S. Premiere

· December 14 – Miami: Press Day

· December 18 – Gold Coast: Australian Premiere

· December 19 – Sydney: Fan Event

· December 21 – Hawaii: Special Event Screening

 

About "Aquaman"

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa in the title role.  The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard ("Justice League," "Magic Mike XXL") as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman's ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe ("Platoon," "Spider-Man 2") as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson ("The Conjuring" films, "Watchmen") as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren ("The Expendables" films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix's "The Get Down") as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman ("The Hours," "Lion") as Arthur's mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin ("Power Rangers") as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison ("Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones," "Green Lantern") as Arthur's dad, Tom Curry.

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick ("The Conjuring 2") and Will Beall ("Gangster Squad," TV's "Training Day"), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC.  The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan's team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess ("The Conjuring 2," "Forrest Gump"), his five-time editor Kirk Morri ("The Conjuring" films, "Furious 7," the "Insidious" films), and production designer Bill Brzeski ("Furious 7").  They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett ("The Matrix" trilogy, "The Amazing Spider-Man") and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams ("Wonder Woman").

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, "Aquaman."  The film is set to hit Philippine theaters this December 13 in 2D, 3D, 4D in select theatres and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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