Friday, December 28, 2018

“A Dog’s Way Home” Trailer Reveals Heartwarming Adventure of Dog Named Bella

"The greatest adventure is the one that guides you home." Watch the brand new trailer of A Dog's Way Home now which has just been launched by Columbia Pictures. 

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/0RKu-vHj9w8 

 

A Dog's Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

 

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the screenplay is by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron.


The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos.

 

Use the hashtag #ADogsWayHome

 

In Philippine cinemas 2019, A Dog's Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  

ABS-CBN Unveils Sound Stages as Part of 65th Year of TV Celebrations

ABS-CBN Corporation marked its 65th founding anniversary with the inauguration of its brand new sound stages in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan last December 12.

 

ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak said the two sound stages were built to support the company's efforts towards expanding its audience and content output beyond the Philippines and to foreign audiences.

 

"We want to bring ABS-CBN content to the international stage, and having a state-of-the-art facility and a world-class production team is a big step for us towards that direction and dream," Katigbak said.

 

ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez added, "What I'm most proud of about this project is that we're creating Hollywood-level sound stages which puts us at par with the rest of the world."

 


This project was the brainchild of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, who saw that building the studios is the best way to keep in step with the world's top entertainment companies, which shoot bigger percentages of their programs and films in sound stages and not in remote locations. Moreover, the sound stages also enable the company to manage production costs more efficiently.

 

"Completing the sound stages represents a very major step for ABS-CBN in terms of our ability to create much better production. Through this we can show the world the best of the Filipino," said Lopez III.

 

Present at the inauguration of the sound stages along with Lopez III, Lopez, and Katigbak were ABS-CBN board member and former President and COO Freddie Garcia, ABS-CBN board adviser, former president and CEO, and current chief creative officer Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, and ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. managing director Olive Lamasan, together with Rep. Rida Robes, Mayor Art Robes, and some members of the ABS-CBN community.

 

The sound stages represent the beginning of a plan to establish a production hub that include sound stages, backlots, production and post production facilities and offices that will allow both ABS-CBN and Philippine-based productions to match production facilities found elsewhere in the world.

 

In parallel with the construction work, the production and support teams for both TV and Feature Films began a three-year training program for the stages both in Hollywood and in the Philippines designed by Manhattan Beach Studios together with ABS-CBN Studios Inc. and ABS-CBN University. Covering all aspects of production, the courses involved over 150 people and were designed to ensure that production processes mirror the best practices in the world.

 

Following the intensive training camp for production staff and crew, the studios will host the productions of upcoming teleserye "The Faithful Wife" and the much-anticipated "Darna" film in the second quarter of 2019.

 

Phase 1 of the production hub includes two 1,500 sq. m. (16,000 sq. ft.) sound stages with a floor to grid height of 30 feet, a breezeway with dressing rooms and various support rooms and the technical facilities in aid of production. Sitting on 7.7 hectares, the facility includes a visitor's center, parking facilities and various support buildings. The sound stages also boast of solar panels that help support the energy requirements of the whole facility.

 

Inaugurated in time to celebrate not only its 65th anniversary but also Star Cinema's 25th year anniversary, the stages will enhance the production output for both TV and film in the years to come.

 

Designed by California-based architecture firm Bastien and Associates together with Filipino firm AIDEA and consultants from Hollywood-based Manhattan Beach Studios, these represent a new wave of sound stage design customized for the Philippine climate.

 

Coincidentally, the sound stages are being inaugurated a few days shy of 50 years after the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City was inaugurated. Considered the most advanced facility in Asia at that time, the center opened on December 18, 1968.

 

Work on the sound stages started as early as 2010 with various members of the executive and production teams visiting facilities in South Korea, Mexico, North America, Europe and Asia to understand the nuances of sound stage work. The project proper started in Q1 of 2014 with construction commencing May 2017.

 

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SKY Rewards Loyal Cable Subscribers with 50% Off on Fiber Broadband

Rewards await loyal SKYcable subscribers this holiday season as they can now upgrade to any One SKY Fiber plan at 50% off for the first three months, and at a discounted installation fee of P499 only.

Subscribers who have been with SKY for at least two years can choose from One SKY Fiber Unlimited Broadband service. Some of the One SKY Fiber's offerings include unlimited fiber broadband plans with speeds of 5Mbps and 10Mbps at P999/month and P1,399/month, respectively.

Besides the 50% discount, SKYcable subscribers who upgrade to One SKY Fiber can take advantage of the new SKY On Demand box that enables access to cable TV, Netflix, and YouTube, as the plans now offer the HD digibox for a convenient TV viewing experience exclusively to subscribers.

With SKY's high-speed internet, subscribers can also seamlessly stream their favorite movies and shows from HBO like "Game of Thrones" or Netflix Originals by topping up their chosen plans with an HBO GO or Netflix subscription. A top-up for an NBA League Pass is also available for avid basketball fans who do not want to miss out on the NBA action this regular season.

SKY currently offers fiber broadband ranging from 5Mbps to 200Mbps starting at P999/month.Available plans vary per area.

This promo is available to SKYcable subscribers in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Baguio, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Gen San, and Zamboanga. For more information, click this link for more details mysky.com.ph or call 418-0000

“Mary Poppins Returns” Vies for Golden Globe, SAG Awards

 

Walt Disney Pictures' heartwarming musical Mary Poppins Returns has solidified its status as a strong awards contender as the Rob Marshall film has collected major nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

 

At the Globes, Mary Poppins Returns is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Emily Blunt), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Marc Shaiman).

 

"I delighted in playing every aspect of this extraordinary and iconic character," Blunt said in a statement after learning of her Golden Globes nomination. "The entire experience working on it was spellbinding and that's largely to do with the incomparable Rob Marshall who took on this project with great love, depth and courage in his heart. I'm thrilled for Lin and for the recognition for our beautiful score as well as the film as a whole. Thank you again."

 

"Woke up to my phone leaping off the bedside table," Miranda tweeted after learning the good news. "Grateful for the nom, grateful to the @goldenglobes, grateful to all of you #GoldenGlobes."

 

Blunt has likewise earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG Awards.

 

The American Film Institute (AFI) has also selected Mary Poppins Returns as its 2018 Movie of the Year.

 

Check out the film's trailer below and watch Mary Poppins Returns in Philippine cinemas Tuesday, January 8.

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q6NIx7QE-Kk 

 

 

About Mary Poppins Returns

 

In Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns," an all new original musical, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

 

"Mary Poppins Returns" is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. 

 

The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks' housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks' children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank's William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth's character.

Discover the Origins of “Bumblebee” on Earth in New Adventure Film #BumblebeeMovie

In the more than 12 years since the first Transformers film commenced shooting in White Sands, New Mexico, the straightforward idea of turning a popular toy into a movie has surprised even its creators by growing into a worldwide phenomenon with box office receipts totaling $4.3 billion. With Paramount Pictures' new action-adventure Bumblebee, the saga enters new territory with a story as emotionally resonant as it is action-packed.

 

Check out a new Spot below and watch Bumblebee in Philippine cinemas Tuesday, January 8.

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/wfPqGaHp_fw 

 

As the film begins, audiences get their first glimpse of the Bumblebee of Cybertron lore. Known as B-127, the bright yellow transformer is a fierce warrior who has fought in a centuries-long conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons. When all seems lost for the Autobots, B-127 is dispatched to Earth with a mission: Protect the planet and its inhabitants in the hope of establishing a refuge for his comrades.

 

His arrival is complicated when two Decepticons, Shatter and Dropkick, follow him and launch an attack that endangers Earth's inhabitants, and an American military team decides, understandably, that the alien species is a threat to mankind. Bumblebee attempts to hide from his pursuers disguised as a dilapidated yellow Volkswagen Beetle, but when a teenaged girl named Charlie decides to restore the vehicle, she inadvertently discovers his true identity.

 

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura describes the film as an origin story. "This is Bumblebee's origin story on earth. Since the movie predates the Bay chronology we had the opportunity to do a deeper dive into his character, giving the audience even more reason to fall in love with him. He effectively creates a brand new story through his relationship with Charlie. It becomes a rite of passage story for both of them," he explains.

 

When Screenwriter Christina Hodson first fleshed out her original take on Bumblebee, the filmmakers were attracted by her vision, Hodson envisioned a smaller, more family-friendly Transformers film with an emotional story at its core.

 

The producers were intrigued by the concept of a "kinder, gentler" Transformers story that incorporates a more emotional, humanized version of the bots. Christina convinced us to take a leap of faith and make a different kind of film than we had before," says di Bonaventura. "The audience has always wanted to know more about who the Transformers are, and her story allowed us to develop the characters and tell a more intimate story. We let the audience get to know a Transformer in a way they never have before."

 

Hodson's first draft, completed in the fall of 2016, was an emotionally centered story around Hailee Steinfeld's character Charlie and Bumblebee, "I love seeing girls going on adventures," Hodson says. "And I wanted to create a female character who didn't fit into typical boxes. I think one of the things that makes Charlie feel like an outsider is that she isn't just one thing. She's a bit nerd, a bit tomboy and a bit athlete. It is absolutely full of Transformers-style thrills and adrenaline and adventure and fun, but has a lot of heart, too."

 

The idea of focusing on one specific character was also greeted enthusiastically at Hasbro, creators of the original Transformers. Brian Goldner, the company's CEO and an executive producer of the film, was delighted to read a script that addressed the "inner life" of Bumblebee.

 

"We at Hasbro are guardians of the Transformers lore, so we particularly appreciate the way Charlie brings him to life in a whole new way that still connects directly to what fans know and love about Bumblebee."

 

"Bumblebee was the perfect choice, he is a fan favorite and probably the most human-like autobot. Bumblebee is heartfelt, has a youthful exuberance and is a multi-layered character," explains di Bonaventura.

 

Goldner also endorses the idea of setting the film in the 1980s, when the first Transformers toy line, animated television series and comic books took the world by storm. "Setting the story within that vibrant decade is a wonderful tip of the hat to the talented creators of those characters," he concudes.

 

Bumblebee is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ and use the hashtag #BumblebeeMovie.

Spread Christmas Cheer with ABS-CBN Foundation International’s Gifts of Love Online Holiday Celebration

The desire to spread holiday cheer is a universal sentiment for people of goodwill. Gifts of Love Online Holiday Celebration allows people from around the world to be part of a gift-giving experience to benefit disadvantaged children in the Philippines. ABS-CBN Foundation International Managing Director Jerry Bennett explains that "There are many needy children back home in the Philippines and we all know that we can't help everyone, but we can help someone."

 

Gifts of Love Online Holiday Celebration is an online telethon that helps ABS-CBN Foundation International raise funds for theirGifts of Love campaign. This global outreach event will help the children in the Philippines with various necessities like food, clothes, and school supplies.

 

The online telethon will air live on two platforms on Thursday, December 20 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, PST: Facebook Live (TFC US Official) and on TFC OnlineGifts of Lovewill feature performances and demonstrations from various talents from the US. This includes rapper, music producer, and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra, singer/songwriter and YouTube sensation AJ Rafael, alternative/indie artist Jeremy Passion, popular YouTube content creator purplebanana25 (Hannah Tolentino), the Ichiban GirlsSincerity Girls Ensemble, and pop singer Sheryn Regis. This will be hosted by TJ ManotocNikka Magahis,Pocaand Ginger Conejero.

 

Bennett enjoins viewers and readers to "reach out and help at least one child. For only $30, their support will go to feeding a child for a month, as well as provide for their school needs, clothes and shoes." As The Jackson 5'sfamous song goes "Give love on Christmas Day. No greater gift is there than love." Bennett adds, "As we are blessed here in the U.S., we would like to give back and be channels of blessings this Christmas."


Spread the word and share the Christmas spirit. Gifts of Love Online Holiday Celebration is on Thursday, December 20 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, PST on Facebook and on  TFC Online.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg Named Co-Hosts of 76th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2019 on Blue Ant Entertainment

 

Sandra Oh, star of the critically acclaimed drama series "Killing Eve," and Andy Samberg, star of Golden Globe-winning comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," will co-host the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. 

 

The three-hour telecast will air LIVE on Blue Ant Entertainment on Monday, January 7 at 8:00AMfrom The Beverly Hilton. 

 

The Golden Globes serve as the official kickoff to the 2019 awards season. Winners in 25 categories — 14 in film and 11 in television — are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). 

 

"Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event," said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. "They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It's sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night." 

 

"We're excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood's Party of the Year," said HFPA President Meher Tatna. "Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can't wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage." 

 

"We are thrilled to have Sandra and Andy co-hosting the Golden Globes," said Mike Mahan, Executive Producer and CEO, dick clark productions. "This innovative pairing sets the perfect tone for the most entertaining awards celebration of the year." 

 

Oh currently serves as co-executive producer and earned an Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama for "Killing Eve" as Eve Polastri, an MI5 officer who hunts down and becomes entangled with a cold-blooded female assassin. Previously, Oh starred as Dr. Cristina Yang on "Grey's Anatomy," for which she won a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Drama Series and five Emmy nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama. Oh's film credits include "Sideways," "Under the Tuscan Sun," "Catfight" and "Meditation Park," and she produced the animated film "Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming" as well as voicing the title character.


In 2014, Samberg was a two-time Golden Globe winner for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and as a producer on the show for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Prior to that, Samberg was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 2005-12. His work on the iconic late night franchise earned him an Emmy Award and six additional Emmy nominations for his work with The Lonely Island and their digital shorts. The Lonely Island has also been nominated for three Grammys. In 2016, Samberg hosted the 67th annual Primetime Emmy® Awards and in 2013, hosted the Film Independent Spirit Awards. 

 

The Golden Globe Awards, often referred to as "Hollywood's Party of the Year," is one of the biggest nights on the calendar for live viewing. It's also one of the few awards shows that combine the honorees of both film and television. 

 

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards telecast averaged a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 19 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, putting it ahead of every show on television from the previous 10 months in total viewers, since the prior year's Academy Awards. 

 

Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 210 territories worldwide. 

 

Meher Tatna is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro, Executive Chairman of dick clark productions, Mike Mahan, CEO of dick clark productions and Barry Adelman, Executive VP of Television at dick clark productions, will serve as executive producers. 

 

Blue Ant  Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37.

TFC Relives the Christmas Season for the OFs via Kapamilya Reunion

Keeping true to the theme of ABS-CBN's Christmas station ID family is love, The Filipino Channel in partnership with Remitly will bridge the distance between overseas Filipinos and their families here in the Philippines via Kapamilya Reunion 2019.

 

Reliving the Noche Buena feels for the overseas Filipinos who were not able to come home for the holidays, TFC through Kapamilya Reunion 2019 will be treating them and their families to a post-holiday virtual celebration where their families in the Philippines will get to enjoy great Filipino food, meet some Kapamilya stars, and bring home surprise freebies.

 

Want your family in the Philippines to be part of this virtual celebration? Just complete this sentence: I'd like to nominate my family in the Philippines for a virtual salu-salo from TFC because…" and send it to TFC's official Facebook page applicable in your area.

 

The entries will be reviewed by a committee from ABS-CBN Global Ltd. from January 3 to 6, 2019. Winners will be contacted by a TFC representative and will also be posted on The Filipino Channel's social media accounts starting January 7 to January 9, 2019.

 

The families in the Philippines of the selected overseas Filipinos will attend the Kapamilya Reunion 2019 event which will happen on January 13, 9:00 A.M. at the Restaurant 9501 inside the ABS-CBN Compound.

 

Don't miss this chance to have a unique post-holiday celebration with your loved ones in the Philippines, send your entries now for Kapamilya Reunion. Deadline for submission of entries will be on January 3, 2019.

 

For more details, visit TFC's official Facebook page applicable in your area.

Celebrate Christmas with MMFF 2018 at SM Cinema

 

Celebrate with SM Cinema the most wonderful time of the year together with the latest movie offerings of the much-awaited film festival in the country, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).


For 44 years, the MMFF has been part of the Filipino Christmas and this year it becomes bigger with eight (8) Filipino movies from the biggest producers and stars in the country. Film goers and movie fans can enjoy these movies anywhere, anytime as SM Cinema, the largest film exhibitor in the country, has 64 branches nationwide. Here are the movies lined up for this year's Metro Manila Film Fest:


Aurora

From the acclaimed horror and suspense thriller director, Yam Laranas, the film Aurora tells the story of Leana (Anne Curtis) and her sister as they made a deal to look for the dead bodies of the passengers of Aurora, a sunken ship. However, instead of dead bodies, the unrest souls started to haunt them.

 

Fantastica: The Princesses, The Prince, and the Perya

The latest comedy movie of Vice Ganda together with Dingdong Dantes and Richard Gutierrez will follow the story of Belat (Vice Ganda) and her adventure to rebuild her family's carnival and save it from bankruptcy.

 

Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles

An action-comedy film, Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscrediblesfeatures the adventures of police officers, Jack (Coco Martin), Emily (Maine Mendoza) and Popoy (Vic Sotto) as they join forces to solve a case and bring down a syndicate.

 

Mary Marry Me

Real-life sisters, Toni and Alex Gonzaga plays the role of Mary Jane (Toni Gonzaga) and Mary Anne (Alex Gonzaga) as their relationship will be tested when Mary Jane discovers that her sister is about to marry her ex-boyfriend, Pete (Sam Milby). 

 

One Great Love

A story of finding one great love, Zyra Paez (Kim Chiu) gives one more try to her relationship with Carl Mauricio (JC de Vera) but as time passes by, Zyra doubts her relationship with Carl and will be confused with her feelings toward his bestfriend, Dr. Ian Arcano (Dennis Trillo).

 

Otlum

Another horror movie to give chills this Christmas, Otlum follows the story of a group of young people as they stay overnight in an abandoned orphanage. The adventure goes wrong as they uncover dark secrets and being haunted by ghosts.

 

Rainbow's Sunset

Featuring veteran actors Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero and Tony Mabesa, Rainbow's Sunset tackles the situation of Ramon (Eddie Garcia) and his family as he reveals his true sexuality and feelings for his dying friend, Fredo (Tony Mabesa).

 

The Girl in the Orange Dress

A romantic-comedy film that tells the story of Anne (Jessy Mendiola), who wakes up after a party and discovers herself in bed with a celebrity heartthrob, Rye (Jericho Rosales) without any idea what happened the night before. As they escape from the eyes of the public, Anne and Rye cannot run away from their blossoming feelings towards each other.


Don't miss out the fun and enjoy the latest MMFF flicks with your families and friends from December 25 to January 1 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

New International Trailer for “Glass” Pits the Protector vs. the Beast

 

The Protector (Bruce Willis) must stop The Beast (James McAvoy) from a murderous rampage orchestrated by Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) in the new international trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's eagerly anticipated suspnse thriller Glass.

 

Check out the film's new trailer below and watch Glass in Philippine cinemas January 16, 2019.

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/brysBiZcKqo 

 

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000's Unbreakable, from Touchstone Pictures, and 2016's Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.  

 

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass.  Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.  

 

Following the conclusion of SplitGlass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

 

Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable's Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn's son and Price's mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).

 

A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by in the Philippines by Buena Vista International.

“Aquaman” Hits a High Watermark of Half a Billion Dollars at the Global Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman" is a worldwide box office hero that has took in more than $500 million, and still counting.  The announcement was made December 24 by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


"Aquaman" began its remarkable run earlier this month in China when, on the heels of an appearance by director James Wan and stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, the film celebrated an almost $95 million opening weekend, the highest-ever opening for a Warner Bros. film in that market, where it currently stands at more than $230 million.  The stop was just one in a global tour that hit cities across four continents, from London to New York City to Manila, Australia and beyond, capping off a strategic campaign that kicked off last summer with Momoa diving off a cliff to preview the trailer launch ahead of the cast's arrival at San Diego International Comic-Con.


In the Philippines, "Aquaman" has amassed a staggering Php 458.6-million in box-office gross since it opened last December 12.


Number 1 internationally for the third consecutive weekend, the film opened this past Friday in North America, where it has an impressive cume of $72.7 million and counting, with approximately 14 percent of the gross coming from IMAX screens.  In the 70 markets now in release, including Brazil ($17.1 million), Mexico ($16.1 million), Russia ($12.8 million) and the UK ($12.8 million), the international cume to date now stands at $415.5 million, with Australia set to open on December 26, Italy on January 1, and Japan on February 8.  "Aquaman" is presently en route to becoming the highest grossing Warner Bros. film ever in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan, among other markets.


 "James Wan has created a terrific movie that is clearly connecting with audiences around the world," said Sanders. "We look forward to 'Aquaman' riding this wave of success through the holiday window and well into the new year. Congratulations to the entire team behind this film."

 

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes "Aquaman," the origin story of half-surface dweller, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry that 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 action-packed adventure spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, and stars Jason Momoa in the title role.


The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman's ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project") as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the revenge-seeking Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") as Arthur's mom, Atlanna.  Also featured are Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, an Atlantean Commando, and Temuera Morrison as Arthur's dad, Tom Curry.


Wan directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC.  The film was 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 included such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess ("Forrest Gump"), Wan's five-time editor Kirk Morri, production designer Bill Brzeski, and visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain.  They were joined by costume designer Kym Barrett and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, "Aquaman."  The film is now playing in Philippine  IMAX cinemas, and is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Pacquiao-Broner and Nietes-Ioka Boxing Fights Air Live on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View

 
SKY Sports Pay Per View is set to unleash slam-bang boxing action this December and January as it features skirmishes between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner for the WBA Welterweight title this January 20, and Donnie Nietes and Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO Superflyweight Championship this December 31 in Pinoy Pride: Nietes vs. Ioka.
 
SKY subscribers nationwide who will avail of the "Pacquiao vs. Broner" fight on or before January 4 can enjoy the early bird rate of Php 699, instead of Php 949.  The fight airs live, commercial-free, and in high or standard definition with a replay on the same and day right after the live event.
 
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) who recently turned 40, is out to prove to the world that he is not yet done as he faces the 29-year old boxer for his 70th fight. This fight also serves as a reunion with his trainer Freddie Roach who confirmed that he has agreed to work again with Pacquiao. 
 
The American boxer Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), a former four-division titleholder, is hungry for a win since he lost to Mikey Garcia in July 2017, and got a draw in his fight with Vargas last April 21.

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See if "Ahas," who is coming from a draw with Aston Palicte, can secure the title over the holidays against the Japanese fighter who won his last fight with Williams Arroyo.
 
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Dua Lipa Co-Writes and Performs “Swan Song,” an OST OF “Alita: Battle Angel”

Global pop singing sensation and 2019 double Grammy nominee Dua Lipa, will co-write and perform a new single, "Swan Song," for Twentieth Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (Avatar) and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City). The film will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 6.

"From the moment we saw her video for 'New Rules,' we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for Alita: Battle Angel," commented Producer Jon Landau.  "She has the kick-ass strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie.  Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make 'Swan Song' the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film."

Said Lipa, "I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her badass spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me."

"Swan Songwas written by Justin Tranter, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Tom Holkenborg and Dua Lipa.

Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. The screenplay was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, based upon the graphic novel ("Manga") series "GUNNM"  by Yukito Kishiro.

With the release of her self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records, London born, Kosovo raised Dua Lipa has won over the hearts of fans and press alike. The songs on Dua Lipa announced the arrival of a new force in pop—irresistible on the dance floor, thoughtful under closer inspection, constantly discovering creative possibilities. Her critically acclaimed debut made everyone's "best of" list, from The FADER to Rolling Stone to Time Magazine. Her power anthem "New Rules" reached #1 on the Top 40 chart, and broke the longstanding record for consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart. The video for the song went viral and made her the youngest female solo artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. She was consistently the most streamed female artist on Spotify and in the top 5 globally this past year. Dua Lipa sold over 3 million copies, with singles reaching 40 million sold. Most recently, Dua received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for "Electricity" (with Silk City featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson), and made BRIT Award history becoming the first woman artist to pick up five nominations, taking home the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist.

MMFF 2018 Awards Winners


Here is the complete list of winners in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018

Best Director: Joel Lamangan, "Rainbow's Sunset"
Best Float: "Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles"
Best Short Student Film: "Kasilyas" - Bulacan State University
Best Child Performer: Phoebe Villamor, "Aurora"
Best Production Design: "Rainbow's Sunset"
Best Visual Effects: "Aurora"
Best Sound Design: "Aurora"
Best Musical Score: "One Great Love"
Best Original Theme Song: "Sa'yo Na" from "Rainbow's Sunset"
Best Editing: "Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles"
Best Cinematography: "Aurora"
Best Screenplay: "Rainbow's Sunset"
FPJ Memorial Award: "Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles"
Stars of the Night : Jericho Rosales ("The Girl in the Orange Dress"), Anne Curtis ("Aurora")
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: "Rainbow's Sunset"
Best Supporting Actor: Tony Mabesa, "Rainbow's Sunset"
Best Supporting Actress: Aiko Melendez," Rainbow's Sunset"
Special Jury Prize: Max Collins, "Rainbow Sunset"
Special Jury Prize: Eddie Garcia, "Rainbow Sunset"
Third Best Picture: "One Great Love" 
Second Best Picture: "Aurora"
Best Picture: "Rainbow Sunset"
Best Actor: Dennis Trillo, "One Great Love"
Best Actres : Gloria Romero, "Rainbow's Sunset"​

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