Saturday, January 27, 2018

Charo Santos’ Acting in “Ang Babaeng Humayo” is Oscar Best Actress Worthy According to US Film Critics

 

Charo Santos performance in Lav Diaz' masterpiece "Ang Babaeng Humayo" ("The Woman who Left") should have gotten an Oscar nomination, according to US film critic Glenn Heath Jr. of San Diego City Beat. 

 

In his piece titled "The best film performances snubbed by Oscar" published online, Glenn enlisted names of superb actors and actresses as a way to "pay respect to the unsung roles the Academy failed to recognize" this year.

 

"Rage, empathy, heartache, joy: This performance has it all," wrote Glenn.

 

"Director Lav Diaz convinced one of Filipino cinema's titanic figures to return to the big screen for this brilliant, nearly four-hour character study about a scorned woman, released from prison after serving 30 years, who traverses the countryside looking for her missing son," he added.

 

Glenn also noted Lav's famed long takes that helped establish deeper emotional stakes in the film "with the camera pinned to Renata's facial expressions as they change slowly over time."

 

Other names included in the list were Salma Hayek for "Beatriz at Dinner," Nahuel Perez Biscayart for "BPM," Tiffany Haddish for "Girls Trip," Kris Avedisian for "Donald Cried," Harris Dickinson for "Beach Rats," Ahn Seo-hyun for "Okja," Robert Pattinson for "Good Time," and Millicent Simmonds for "Wonderstruck."

 

"Ang Babaeng Humayo" is Charo's movie comeback after serving as president of ABS-CBN. The film brought honor to the country as the first Filipino film to win the Golden Lion or the top prize in the annual Venice Film Festival in Italy.

 

Earlier this week, Charo's co-star John Lloyd Cruz also received a best supporting actor nomination also for "Ang Babaeng Humayo" at the 15th International Cinephile Society Awards. He is competing against Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project"), Armie Hammer ("Call Me by your Name"), Barry Keoghan ("The Killing of a Sacred Deer"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("Call Me by Your Name") and Arnold Valois ("BPM").

 

"Ang Babaeng Humayo" was produced by ABS-CBN's Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia.

Star Cinema Brings “A Better Tomorrow” to PH Cinemas this January 31

Star Cinema releases "A Better Tomorrow," a film adaptation of the original John Woo 1986-hit movie of the same title, beginning this Wednesday (January 31) in cinemas nationwide.

 

The story revolves around a former drug smuggler who attempts to start his life anew and repair his relationship with his estranged brother, an up-and-coming star in the police department's narcotics division.

 

The original movie, which has three sequels and a remake in Korea two years ago, established Woo as a prolific action director who has mastered the highly stylized actions. It has also launched Chow Yun-fat to global stardom after winning Best Actor on the prestigious 6th Hong Kong Awards a year after the movie was screened.

 

The comeback of China's biggest and number one action franchise to the big screen is now helmed by, the acclaimed director Ding Sheng  ("Little Big Soldier," "Police Story 2013," "Railroad Tigers" and "Saving Mr. Wu") and topbilled by Chinese superstars Ma Tian Yu, Wang Kai, and Darren Wang.

 


Ma Tian Yu, also known as Ray Ma, is a Chinese Mandopop artist and actor who rose to fame following the airing of the epic fantasy drama, "Ice Fantasy," in 2016. Wang Kai, on the other hand, was known for his roles in television like in "When a Snail Falls in Love," "Stay With Me," and "The Devotion of Suspect X." Darren Wang, a Taiwanese actor, had his breakthrough after playing Hsu Tai-Yu in the film "Our Times."

 

The film, was co-produced by Jackie Chan through Sparkle Roll Media along with Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism. In addition, Chan's team did the martial arts choreography and stunts for the movie.

 

Its recent premiere in the USA receives positive reception from the viewers saying that, "from some of the boldest music choices to drastic switches in tone of cinematography to one of the best shootout scenes in forever, A Better Tomorrow 2018 felt like a firework bursting with life." India, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam also acquired the film for theatrical release

 

Can brothers divided by hatred be united again by love? Find out as "A Better Tomorrow" opens in Philippine cinemas starting Wednesday (January 31).

 

For more information, visit Star Cinema's official website at http://starcinema.abs-cbn.com or follow @StarCinema on Twitter or Instagram.


Maxine Medina Makes Acting Debut in “Hanggang Saan”


Miss Universe-Philippines 2016 finalist Maxine Medina struts her way to acting as she makes her teleserye debut and joins the cast of Kapamilya series "Hanggang Saan."

After Paco's (Arjo Atayde) heartbreaking split with Anna (Sue Ramirez), he will not face his plight of saving Sonya (Sylvia Sanchez) alone as he reunites with his ex-girlfriend Georgette (Maxine), a fellow attorney whom he met in law school.

Together, they will prove that Sonya was not the one who killed Mr. Lamoste (Eric Quizon) and will look into possible evidence that may help prove Sonya's innocence. However, Jacob (Ariel Riveral) has some tricks up his sleeves and plans to use Georgette to know all the vital information that will make Sonya lose her case.

Is Georgette an ally or an enemy of Paco?

Don't miss the story that will show up to what extent a mother can sacrifice for her son, "Hanggang Saan," after "Asintado" on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, log on to fb.com/hanggangsaan and follow @hanggangsaantv on Twitter and @hanggangsaan on Instagram.

“Salamat Dok” Launches “Hospital on Wheels”

ABS-CBN current affairs program "Salamat Dok" launched the country's first ever "Hospital on Wheels" last Sunday (January 21) with the goal of reaching Filipino families that are unable to get medical treatment and surgery because of lack of resources.

Bigger than a regular bus, the "RP Healthcraft Carrier" has complete medical equipment and is sterile and safe for procedures like extraction of tumors and cysts, and reconstructive surgeries for those with cleft palates, goiter, and hernia.


The maiden voyage of the "Hospital on Wheels" was in ABS-CBN, where "Salamat Dok" conducts weekly medical missions as it airs live. The next stop is Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on February 18, to start the project's tour of far-flung areas in the Philippines where medical assistance is most needed.

Expert plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jim Sanchez said the "Hospital on Wheels" is a dream come true for him, thanks to the help of various groups and organizations like ABS-CBN.

"I have the same advocacy and vision as 'Salamat Dok.' We both want to help the country and our countrymen, especially those who can't afford to be checked by a physician and are not able to buy medicine. Together, we can save lives. "

"Salamat Dok" anchors Alvin Elchico and Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo mentioned it has been the program's fervent mission to serve Filipino families in the hard-to-reach areas of the country.  

"Seven out of ten Filipinos die without even being checked by a doctor. It is our mission to somehow decrease this number when we started our segment 'The Doctor is Out,'" said Alvin.

Through "Hospital on Wheels," we will be able to extend our medical assistance beyond nearby provinces. This is all for the Filipino family," Bernadette added.  


Last Sunday, 13 operations were done inside the "Hospital on Wheels," while 114 had check-ups, 107 received medicines, and 13 got free haircuts in the program's weekly medical mission. This week, 27 more patients will undergo surgery in the mobile hospital.

Jing Castañeda shared that they will also be launching "Botika Pamilya on Wheels" that will be in tandem with the "Hospital on Wheels," and provide free medicine to the communities they will visit.

ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes emphasized the news organization's commitment to not just deliver news, but also to provide public service to every Filipino family.  "We will not stop in our mission of finding out and responding to the real needs of our countrymen," she said.  

Meanwhile, four more "Hospital on Wheels" will be assembled with the help of the RP Healthcraft Carrier Foundation. Its chairman of the board, Philip Punzalan said that they need approximately 18 "Hospital on Wheels" to be able to cover the entire country. With this, they are hoping to get more support for the project from other organizations and individuals.

For more information on "Hospital on Wheels," and to gain knowledge and tips on how to care for the Filipino family, tune in every 6 am on Saturday and 7:30 am on Sunday on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Watch online on iwantv.com.phor skyondemand.com.ph.  For more information and updates, follow the show's social media accounts on Facebook (@ABSCBNsalamatdok) and Twitter (@salamatdok).

(Promo) ABS-CBN TVplus Gives Away 4 Houses and Lots and Other Bigtime Prizes

ABS-CBN TVplus is grateful to all the families that have made it a part of their lives and welcomed it into their homes since 2015. And now, it would like to thank its more than 4 million TVplus users through its Masaganang Pa-Thank You promo.

 

Four Filipino households will each win a house and lot from Lumina Homes.   Also up for grabs are 1,200 MyPhone myA8 DTV smartphones, 50 Octagon gift certificates worth P4,000 each, and 120 Boardwalk gift certificates worth P4,000 each.

 

This raffle is open to all TVpluser users, new or old, from January 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018. To participate, text JOIN(space)<TVplus BOX ID>/<name>/<address> to 2366. 

 

There will be four monthly draws wherein users can win these exciting prizes. Watch out for these draws on February 26, 2018Mar 26, 2018April 30, 2018, and May 28, 2018.

 

Winners will be announced through the Facebook page of ABS-CBN TVplus, on the ABS-CBN TVplus website, and through a TV commercial. Winners will also receive an official letter through mail.

 

An ABS-CBN TVplus BOX ID may only be registered once, with every successful registration considered as one raffle entry. A registered TVplus BOX ID may only win once. 

  

Non-TVplus users may still join the raffle by purchasing an ABS-CBN TVplus and becoming one of the millions of Filipino families made stronger by bonding over watching TV together. 

 

ABS-CBN TVplus or more popularly known as the 'mahiwagang black box,' is a digital box that detects, receives, and broadcasts available digital signals on TV. It allows Filipino families watch richer and clearer picture and sound at home to enhance their family bonding and TV viewing experience.

 

Visit www.abs-cbntvplus.com or its office Facebook page for more information.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Call Me By Your Name" Vies for Oscar Best Picture, Actor and Screenplay


Sony Pictures Classics' heartbreaking love story Call Me By Your Name received four major Academy Award nominations Tuesday night, a week before it opens in the Philippines, exclusively in Ayala Malls Cinemas, on Januay 31.

The critically acclaimed romantic drama is vying for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Best Original Song - “Mystery of Love” – Music & Lyrics by Sufjan Stevens (http://youtu.be/KQT32vW61eI).

"Wow, what an incredible morning. I'm a bit in shock. ... I am in awe of the pedigree of the Academy. I am truly honored,” Chalamet said in a statement.

The 22-year-old became the youngest Best Actor nominee in almost 80 years.

The feeling of gratitude I have at the moment has less to do with individual achievement and more with the appreciation for the artists past honored in this category and all of the nominees of this year,” he continues. “Without Luca Guadagnino’s true mastery and vision, and without Armie Hammer’s trust and guidance, without the public arts funding that made my high school education at LaGuardia possible, I wouldn’t be in this position.

 


Rated R-16 With No Cuts by the MTRCB, Call Me By Your Name, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel).

Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

One day, Oliver (Hammer), a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting January 31, Call Me By Your Name is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

An Immersive and Unique Love Story Emerges in Academy Awards Best Picture Nominee "Shape Of Water"


Guillermo Del Toro’s “Shape of Water” has emerged to be this year’s frontrunner in the 90th Academy Awards with 13 major nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress – Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer, Best Supporting Actor – Richard Jenkins, Best Director – Guillermo Del Toro, Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, Best Orignal Screenplay – Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor , Best Cinematography – Dan Laustsen, Best Costume Design – Luis Sequiera, Best Film Editing – Sidney Wolinsky, Best Sound Mixing – Glen Gaulthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern, Best Sound Editing – Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira  and Best Production Design -  Paul Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin.

“The Shape of Water” is set in a secret government laboratory at the height of the Cold War, where a visually dazzling, emotionally daring feat of the imagination erupts.  Del Toro mixes many genres from lush musicals to suspenseful noir, the film particularly revisits and reinvigorates the enduring allure of the monster movie playing upon our most primal emotions of fear, abandonment and danger but also curiosity, awe and desire.

The film brings its audience into a mysterious government facility in Baltimore where, in the deepest recesses of the lab, an amphibious creature (played by Doug Jones) is being studied for its unusual abilities. As Agent Strickland (Michael Shannon) demands for it to be killed and autopsied, Dr. Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) insists that the creature’s secrets can only be revealed with a lighter touch.

But it’s the facility’s quietest employee who realises the truest connection to the creature. Mute cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) feels a strange affinity with this mysterious visitor from the deep. And as the men in charge prevaricate, she resolves to release the creature from its captors, with the aid of her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her next door neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins).

Exploring the idea of love and its barriers, internal and external, was paramount to Del Toro.  “I wanted to create a beautiful, elegant story about hope and redemption as an antidote to the cynicism of our times.  I wanted this story to take the form of a fairytale in that you have a humble human being who stumbles into something grander and more transcendental than anything else in her life.  And then I thought it would be a great idea to juxtapose that love against something as banal and evil as the hatred between nations, which is the Cold War, and the hatred between people due to race, color, ability and gender.

The fact that the film’s two leads don’t speak, not conventionally anyway, only heightens the love story by stripping away the miscommunications that often stand between humans. “One thing about love is that it is so incredibly powerful, it doesn't require words,” says Del Toro.

An engaging different love story, “Shape of Water” opens February 21 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Line-up of Films for 2018 Boasts of Exciting Sequels


Fantasy-adventure, action-thriller, outrageous comedy, horror-suspense and heart-wrenching drama – the genres are well-represented in Warner Bros. Pictures' line-up of films for 2018.

Fresh from crossing the $5 billion mark at the global box office last year, Warner is poised yet again for a smash, blockbusting 2018! Check out what's in store from the Studio below.

 

Tomb Raider. The action-adventure will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her late father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.

 

Ready Player One. From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.

 

Father Figures. Ed Helms and Owen Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds, two brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

 

Game Night. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right?

Rampage. Global megastar Dwayne Johnson headlines this action adventure about primatologist Davis Okoye who shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

 

A Star is Born. Bradley Cooper directs and stars with Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

 

Oceans 8. The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Nun. Filmmaker James Wan explores another dark corner of that universe with “The Nun.” When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.

The Meg. In this science fiction action thriller, a deep-sea submersible has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.

Crazy Rich Asians. This comedy follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.



Smallfoot. An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, the is animated comedy turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

Mowgli. Blending live action and performance capture, the action-adventure features an impressive roster of stars, including Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, there may be greater dangers lurking, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

Tag. Based on a true story, this comedy shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing. For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. The ensemble cast led is by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! The comedy finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

ABS-CBN Named "Most Innovative Network" for the Third Consecutive Year by Global City Innovative College (GCIC) Awards for Television


ABS-CBN hauled a total of 23 awards including the the Most Innovative Network for the third consecutive year, making it a Hall of Famer at the 3rd Global City Innovative College (GCIC) Awards for Television.

Organized by Global City Innovative College, the annual awards is given to television programs and personalities that embody what it considers as innovation, “a change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

Four Kapamilya shows were also elevated to its Hall of Fame, namely “TV Patrol,” “Matanglawin,” “Umagang Kay Ganda,” and  “ASAP.”

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” the reigning most watched program in the country, was cited as the Most Innovative Primetime TV Program, while its lead star Coco Martin was hailed as the Most Innovative TV Actor. On the other hand, child star Mcneal “Awra” Briguela clinched the Most Innovative TV Child Star award.

“It’s Showtime,” the top-rating Kapamilya noontime variety show, took home the award for Most Innovative Noontime TV Show. Meanwhile, three of its main hosts were also recognized for their talent including Vice Ganda (Most Innovative TV Comedian and Most Innovative Male TV Fashion Icon), Anne Curtis (Most Innovative Female TV Host), and Billy Crawford (Most Innovative Male TV Host).

Several Kapamilya entertainment and news and current affairs programs also triumphed at the GCIC Awards for Television including Asia’s longest-running drama anthology “Maalala Mo Kaya” (Most Innovative TV Drama), “Magandang Buhay” (Most Innovative TV Talk Show), “Wansapanataym” (Most Innovative Fantasy TV Program), “Gandang Gabi Vice” (Most Innovative Late Night TV Program), the news and current affairs show “S.O.C.O.” (Most Innovative Investigative TV Program), and “I Can See Your Voice” (Most Innovative TV Talk Show).

Kapamilya stars emerged as winners as well like Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano (Most Innovative TV Loveteam), “Wildflower” lead star Maja Salvador (Most Innovative TV Actress), Angelica Panganiban (Most Innovative TV Commedienne), and Yeng Constantino (Most Innovative TV Singer).

The Latest GOLF le FLEUR from Tyler, The Creator and Converse Bold Pastels Now Available at Select Converse Stores


Tyler, the Creator is audacious. He is loud. He is particular. And 2017 was a big year for the artist.

He received his first Grammy nomination for his fourth studio album Flower Boy and a series of collaborations with Converse ranging from a creative interpretation of the One Star to the release of his own GOLF le FLEUR* sneaker were largely regarded as some of the most unexpected and refreshing.

Jump into 2018 and the 26-year- old shows no signs of this vibrant energy burning out. Neither does the GOLF le FLEUR*.

 





And after much anticipation, Tyler, the Creator and Converse reveal the latest iteration of the GOLF le FLEUR*. His signature suede sneaker comes in three bold pastels to kick off the year– geranium pink, bachelor blue and jade lime. The GOLF le FLEUR* is available for a retail price of Php 6,550 at Converse Glorietta, Converse Greenbelt and Commonwealth Greenbelt.

The collection also continues to see Converse Essentials apparel delivered from the two brands. The
legacy French Terry Converse Essentials Hoodie, which retails for Php 4,910 features the GOLF le FLEUR* logo and is available in four complementary color ways – jade lime, peach pearl, clear water blue and egret. Cotton Jersey Converse Essentials tees come in Hawaiian ocean blue, black, peach pearl and white for Php 2,110 exclusively available at Commonwealth Greenbelt.

Jollibee’s New Pop-Out Pens Make Doodling More Fun this New Year


This 2018, jolly kids can kick off a new year with some fun and creativity with Jollibee’s new Jolly Kiddie Meal Pop-Out Pens.

Start the year right and let your kids show their imagination through some arts and crafts. There’s no better way to make doodling more fun than with these cute pens that come in five colorful designs featuring Jollibee, Popo, Yum, Hetty and Twirlie. 

Kids will surely be excited to click and draw with these adorable pens. They can simply press down the knob to see the Jollibee and friends’ body pop out and use the pens to unleash their creativity as they sketch artworks of princesses in enchanted forests, superheroes flying around the city or even of Jollibee and friends in Jollitown.

 


The Jollibee Pop-Out Pens come with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal: Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P95, Yum Burger Meal at P90 or Chickenjoy Meal at P123. Grab these cool collectibles along with your own Jolly Joy Box.

The Jolly Kiddie Meal Pop-Out Pens will be around until January 31, 2018. So what are you waiting for? Collect and complete the entire set and draw with the Jollibee and friends pens!

List: 20th Century Fox’s Award-Winning Movies in Cinemas this February 2018


Shaping to be this year’s major award frontrunners, 20th Century Fox’s / Fox Searchlight’s highly-acclaimed films “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” have already bagged major awards from the 75th Golden Globe Awards and the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).  After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.  A last stand erupts in as a mother is pushed to the edge by her daughter’s unsolved murder.

From this year’s Golden Globe Awards, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has already won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture – Martin McDonagh, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama – Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell.  The film also took home major awards in this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Actress – Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell.

 


A new form of love is about to take shape from master story teller, Guillermo del Toro -  “The Shape of Water” is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.  Guillermo Del Toro merges the pathos and thrills of the classic monster movie tradition with shadowy film noir, then stirring in the heat of a love story like no other to explore the fantasies we all flirt with, the mysteries we can’t control and the monstrosities we must confront.  In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation.  Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.  Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg.
 
This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards’ big winner, “The Shape of Water” won major awards as Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Score.  From the Golden Globe Awards, Guillermo Del Toro was awarded Best Director for a Motion Picture.

 


Revel in the marvels of the greatest films ever to grace the big screen this February in Philippine cinemas – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” opens February 14 and “The Shape of Water” opens February 21, from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Xian Lim Leaves ABS-CBN Star Magic, Transfer to Viva Artist Agency

Xian Lim shocked everyone when he decided to leave ABS-CBN talent arm Star Magic and sign a 5-year management contract with Viva Artist Agency on Tuesday, January 23.

The 28-year-old actor was welcomed to Viva Entertainment by company executives, including Veronique del Rosario and founder Vic del Rosario, during the contract-signing at its headquarters in Pasig. 

The five-year contract includes starring roles in 10 movies under Viva Films, and new music under Viva Records.

Deadliest Rescue Mission in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Begins January 24 in PH Cinemas


Action reaches new heights in this mission-oriented third and final segment of The Maze Runner Series, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”  The Wes Ball-directed adaptation of the bestselling James Dashner YA trilogy is a 20th Century Fox production.  The screenplay was written by T.S. Nowlin. Producers are Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of The Gotham Group, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Productions Joe Hartwick, Jr., Wes Ball, and Lee Stollman.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” picks up roughly six months after the Scorch Trials ended.  In the final battle of The Scorch the survivors of The Flare, a disease that has devastated the world’s population, have defined their purpose; to find a safe haven away from the influence of WCKD. This exciting conclusion of the Maze Runner trilogy reunites many of the original cast members from 2014’s The Maze Runner; Dylan O’Brien as Thomas; Kaya Scodelario as Teresa; Ki Hong Lee as Minho; Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt; Dexter Darden as Frypan and Patricia Clarkson as Dr. Ava Paige along with newer cast members from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge, Rosa Salazar as Brenda, Aidan Gillen as Janson, Barry Pepper as Vince and Walton Goggins as Lawrence.

Uncertain if this “last city” had even survived, the “Gladers” knew that somehow gaining entry would be difficult. To then break in to the WKCD headquarters where Minho was being held, that was impossible. For Thomas, setting difficult goals was not unusual.  As Dylan O’Brien says of his character, “In the first movie the challenge was to solve the maze, to break out of the glade.  A big part of the group, led by Gally, wanted no part of that. They looked at the glade as their home and they were safe.  In Scorch Trials we were out of the maze, had a building to live in and were taken care of but there was a price to pay.  In this film, in Death Cure, Thomas wants to break in to the place that caused all of this to save his friend Minho, which he promised he’d do. Most thought it was a crazy plan.”

 


The final chapter gets even more WCKD in IMAX screens with the movie having an expanded ratio of 26% more of all scenes than the average cinemas. That’s 26% more of the action, suspense, and adventure! Coupled with IMAX’s gigantic screen, crystal-clear images, and powerful digital audio, it will feel like you’re truly part of the action.

 End the final Mazer runner in the theatres where movies come alive – IMAX and SM Cinema! Book your tickets now on to www.smcinema.com. Download the SM Cinema app now through the App store and Google Play. For more information follow /SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram

 No friend is left behind when “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24 in all cinemas and in all IMAX screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Award-Winning Film "Call Me By Your Name" to Seduce PH Moviegoers on January 22 and 23 Sneak Previews


Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me By Your Name, hailed as the Best Picture of 2017 by the L.A. Film Critics, and likely to garner major Oscar nominations next week, will hold special sneak previews exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 22 & 23.

Rated R-16 With No Cuts by the MTRCB, the coming-of-age drama stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet (New York Film Critics Best Actor winner for his role) as two men who share a special kind of friendship.

The participating Ayala Malls are Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Harbor Point, Ayala Malls Legaspi, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza and Centrio. Fans may visit www.sureseats.com for screening schedules and advance ticket sales.

 


Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel).

Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

One day, Oliver (Hammer), a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Call Me By Your Name is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Tickets for Moira dela Torre's First Solo Concert Sold-Out in Just 4 Days, Now Has a Repeat


New Star Music artist Moira dela Torre is all ready to brave the concert stage solo as she holds her first ever show dubbed “Tagpuan” happening for two nights at the KIA Theater on February 17 and 18.

Initially scheduled on February 17 (Saturday), the concert was sold out in four days after tickets were released. It has now opened for a repeat on the next consecutive night, scheduled on February 18 (Sunday), and Moira couldn’t helped but be thrilled with this development.

When I prayed for a concert, I didn’t expect it to be sold out let alone have a repeat. My heart is overwhelmed,” shared the singer-songwriter on her Facebook page.

The Cornerstone artist just signed a two-year contract with ABS-CBN’s record label, Star Music, making her one of the musicians to look forward to this 2018 with her much-awaited solo album in the works and will be out very soon.

Moira recently made waves due to her Himig Handog 2017 win as song interpreter for “Titibo-tibo,” as well as for her “Torete” cover which was the theme song of the Star Cinema flick “Love You To The Stars and Back.” She also sang “Huling Gabi,” a song included in the soundtrack of the film “Last Night.”

Her “Tagpuan” concert, named after the song she recently wrote, will be directed by actor John Prats, produced by Cornerstone Entertainment and Bright Bulb Productions. Surprise guests await the audience.

Tickets for the February 18 show are still up for grabs and prized at P3,922 (VIP), P2650 (VIP), P2,120 (orchestra), P1,272 (loge), and P848 (balcony). Visit ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for reservation.

Catch Moira’s “Tagpuan” concert on February 17 and 18 at 8pm. 

For more details, visit starmusic.ph, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ StarMusicPH.

7 Things You Didn't Know About It's Showtime's "HASHTAGS"


We see them regularly on “It’s Showtime” when they wow us with their dance skills, but there’s more to them outside the dance floor. Get up close and personal with the kilig ambassadors only on abscbnmobile.com on their exclusive digital series, #Hashtags.

1)   Rayt was bullied as a child

According to Rayt, people often told him he’d amount to nothing. He’s since overcome being bullied, and has embraced being called a “nerd.” His advice?

Hayaan mo lang yung sinasabi nila kasi hindi naman nila alam ang dinadaanan mo bilang ikaw. Ipakita mo lang sa kanila na kaya mo,” he says.

2)   Vitto didn’t always know how to dance

Unlike some of the other Hashtags, Vitto didn’t always know how to dance. He only learned how to dance when his parents campaigned as councilors in their hometown.

Nasanay yung katawan ko sa araw-araw kong ginagawa noon. Pati kasi mahilig ako sa hiphop, so masaya siya,” says Vitto.

3)   Kid believes in standing up for yourself and asserting your rights

The self-confessed fighter says he gets mistaken as a “bad boy,” but he says it’s not about going out of his way to get into trouble, but about standing up for yourself. “Naniniwala kasi ako na dapat kaya mo ipagtanggol yung sarili mo,” says Kid.

4)   Maru is an old-fashioned gentleman

According to Maru, being a gentleman is about knowing and living the meaning of respect - not just to women, but to everyone.

Naniniwala ako na binibigay mo ang respeto regardless of kung ano or sinong tao sila, kahit anong status, religion, o ano, at dapat binibigay ang respeto na deserve nila bilang tao,” he says.

5)   Wilbert is a romantic who’ll give up even privacy for “The One”

The Davao native says he’s a romantic at heart, and likes a girl who’s maalaga and close to her family. He says when he’s in love, he’s not shy about proclaiming it, even in public.

Pag nakita ko yung The One ko, kaya ko na isakripisyo yung privacy ko. Parang, eto na siya, nahanap ko na siya,” says Wilbert.

6)   CK is a car guy who “likes to dream”

The self-confessed adventure-lover loves sports cars and dreams of one day having one, and hopes to one day have someone to go on adventures and road trips with.

7)   Bugoy is old-fashioned when it comes to love

He likes simple girls who are as family-oriented as he is, and believes in the traditional way of courting a girl - going to her house, meeting her family, and getting close to them.

Gusto ko maging close rin sa family niya, at pag nililigawan ko na siya, ibibigay ko talaga ang 100 percent ko,” says Bugoy.

Get to know the Hashtags more intimately and copy some of their dance moves by watching “Hashtags” only on abscbnmobile.com/Exclusives. 

To access ABS-CBNmobile Exclusives, ABS-CBNmobile users must have an active SIM with internet connection (3G or LTE). Subscribers can dial *128# and subscribe to KSURF promo loads to get value for their money.ABS-CBNmobile. 

Exclusives can be accessed on the website via a smartphone, PC, laptop, or tablet.

Let WATSONS Helps You Welcome 2018 with a Brighter, Healthier, #HappyNewYou


Happy New Year, Happy New You! 

That’s what  of us are thinking at the beginning of every January. And yet January our list of resolutions tends to look the same Why? Because we’re too busy, and the truth is we never really make the one resolution that would make all the difference. Here it is-leave time to love yourself. It’s the starting point for every other change you can make, and it’s surprisingly hard to do, but have no fear. This year, Watsons is going to help you nail down those New You resolutions with a fee simple tips and a boatload of awesome products.




After that New Year’s New Body? Getting healthy is usually the first resolution we break because, let’s face it, a “morning run” often ends up last on the day’s list of to-dos. But here’s the thing-living healthy is almost never all or nothing. The trick is to leave just a few minutes for yourself. If you can’t hit the gym, a ten-minute workout at home will still go a long way. Pick up a yoga mat and some dumbbells. So you don’t have the time for three perfectly healthy meals. You can balance your diet with the right supplements. Get a slimmer waistline with Cosmo Body. Increase your endurance while toning up your muscles with Euphoria Maxx. Enhance your overall health with Organique Acai juive supplement. Whatever your goals, Watsons has something that can help.

Reinvention is another big goal that tends to fall away as the year goes on- that New Year’s New Look. You just don’t have the time, or so you think. But at Watsons we make reinvention easy. You don’t need to spend hours in the salon; you can try out new hair colors at home with L’Oreal Excellence or keep your colored hair vibrant with Revlon Color Care shampoo and conditioner. Get creative with different hairstyles using Lolane Freestyle Gel Spray.

As for that grand makeover, you can nail that new look without visiting 50 different cosmetics stores. Watsons had all the latest BYS products to help make it happen. Start with your base. Rework your angles with Contour Trio, and make those cheekbones pop like never before with the Blush Trio. Find a new spark with Glitter Gloss that shines day and night. Then, finish with an accent. Arch your brows to new heights of glamour with the latest BYS Brown Pencil.

But if you really want a fantastic makeover, there’s a crucial change we tend to overlook rebuilding that skin regimen. A little extra care goes a long way so take a minute to create a regimen suited for your New You goals. If it’s lighter you’re after, consider Belo Kojic for a no-sting upgrade to your wash. Looking for a younger feel? Add Olay Regenerist Night Cream or Pond’s Age Miracle to the mix. Want that blemish-free radiance? Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness Light Mask will do the trick. Complement this with supplements like the Skin Crystal White Tomato Capsules and Belo Collagen Drink and you’ll surely be glowing all year round.

You’ll be amazed by the changes you can make by simply taking the time to love yourself a little more. All those big resolutions that seemed so overwhelming suddenly become so completely doable. With a little help and the right products from Watsons, you’ll be looking good and feeling great in no time. So stop by for a visit and ser for yourself-2018 has great things in store. Until then, Happy New Year and Happy New You!
Great news for SM Advantage Card members! A total of 1,000,000 shopping points will be given away by purchasing any participating with a minimum amount of P500.00 

Per DOH-FDA-CDRR permit no.003  series of 2018. 

The SM Advantage Card is available at any Watsons store or at The SM Beauty Section. At Watsons, members get more!

For Matt Damon, Idea for "Downsizing" is Larger-Than-Life


Considered one of the most revered actors in Hollywood today, in terms of talent and box office draw, Matt Damon now stars in Paramount Pictures' new quirky comedy Downsizing, a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

The film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting January 24.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

For director-writer Alexander Payne, Matt Damon owned the role in spades. “He’s a versatile actor who can get away with playing Jason Bourne or some schnook. In every performance, there’s always something you relate to, something you recognize in yourself or someone you know.”


As for Damon, “I didn’t really know Alexander, so when he first told me the concept, I didn’t know if he was serious. I wasn’t sure if I was being Punk’d!” Still, he accepted the role before reading the script: “Honestly, I’d do the phone book for Alexander Payne. There’s never been a bad performance in one of his movies and having worked with him now, I see that it’s not a coincidence. He's so particular and he has such a vision that I know if he thinks it's going well, then it's going well.”

And so, as he began developing Paul, Damon pushed for playing him very real. “As Jason Bourne, I have to be really vain in a way. I have to think consciously about what I look like, because I don’t look like that. I don’t carry myself like that. Paul is the exact opposite, so I’m going for the least vain character. That comes through in how you carry yourself, and it starts to feel right after a little while. The physical aspect and how you hold yourself conveys a lot.

As the story progresses, Paul finds himself once again at a crossroads in choosing the best life available to him. “You know some people are capable of change, other people are not,” reflects Payne. “Paul goes on this journey in search of a new perspective and figures out what will truly make him happy. My hope for this film is that people appreciate the craft and joy that went into it and see their world in a different way.

Ironically, Damon finds his character’s final journey in lockstep with living now. “There’s something very timely and brilliantly satirical about a man making himself small while the Earth’s population is expanding. I think now is the right time for this film because it speaks to the world we are living in. Yes, Downsizing can be heartbreaking. But it can also be thought provoking.

Hopefully it will live in your memory.”

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ElNella, MarNigo and Other Kapamilya Stars Join Gina Lopez in "G Diaries" Season 2


Nature just gained new allies as ABS-CBN stars led by loveteams Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador and Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual join former Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Gina Lopez in a younger and more vibrant “G Diaries," which will debut its second season on ABS-CBN on February 11.

Gina and the Kapamilya stars, who will comprise the program’s “G Squad,” will bring viewers to amazing sights and destinations in the country such as Samar, Lobo in Batangas, Sibuyan Island in Romblon, Iba in Zambales, Kinatarcan Island in Cebu, and even along the iconic Pasig River to encourage community development and reverence for nature as they experience the cultures and lifestyles of the local communities.

Also taking part in the fun and advocacy of the program, which will air every second Sunday of the month, are other members of the “G Squad” like Sue Ramirez, Gretchen Ho, Loisa Andalio, Kristel Fulgar, Antoinette Taus, Young JV, and BoybandPH’s Joao Constancia, Russell Reyes, Niel Murillo, Ford Valencia, and Tristan Ramirez.

Bringing a young and fresh look and feel to the program this season is director Alco Guerrero, known for his work in "Pinoy Big Brother," "Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Binibining Pilipinas," and the digital concerts of OneMusicPH.

“G Diaries,” a project and production of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., first aired on ABS-CBN on June 2017. For the second season, Gina said the program will be more focused in showing the efforts of local communities to protect and preserve their natural resources amid progress and development.

"We will do it one community at a time. We will show how each community has done it and show that things can be done. We will show the heroism of the community, the government, and businesses, and what can be achieved when people work together from a space of love," she said.

 


Gina also welcomes the entry of the G Squad, which she believes will bring the advocacy for the environment closer to people, considering the star power and influence of the artists among the youth and the masses.

"Our great ABS-CBN stars who love our environment and our nation will go around the different parts of the Philippines with me, enjoy themselves, and invite you all to go there. Because if you go there, the locals will be inspired and you will be inspired as well. We will all be inspired together. We will work together in love," she said.

Don’t miss the return of “G Diaries” ‪on February 11 (Sunday), 10:30 am before “ASAP” on ABS-CBN. The program airs every second Sunday of the month on ABS-CBN and will also be shown on cable television via Lifestyle Network and ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Para Dance Sport Act Gets Golden Buzzer from Angel Locsin in "Pilipinas Got Talent"


An emotional Angel Locsin surprised her co-judges as well as viewers of “Pilipinas Got Talent” Sunday night (January 21) when she pressed the golden buzzer for a combi para dance sport act, which involves an athlete with a physical impairment affecting the lower limbs and an able-bodied partner.

 


Without showing any hint, Angel suddenly pushed the button for Julius Obero, who has polio ever since he was young, and Rhea Marquez, who moved the actress with their captivating performance.

Angel commended how the two danced with so much grace without overpowering each other. When asked what made her decide to send them straight to the semi-finals, Angel said, “When people watch them a lot of them will be able to connect with them and be inspired by them. That is why, for me, they deserve the Golden Buzzer.”

The two also awed other judges like Freddie “FMG” Garcia, who gave them a standing ovation.

Robin Padilla and Vice Ganda, on the other hand, lauded Julius for his “unconditional talent,” as Vice put it.

This is the second act to get the Golden Buzzer this season, after judge Freddie “FMG” Garcia used his Golden Buzzer for the group Bardilleranz, who amazed viewers with their pull up bars act.

Don’t miss the much-talked about sixth season of “Pilipinas Got Talent,” Saturdays, 7 PM and Sundays, 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpgt on Instagram and Twitter or like www.facebook.com/pilipinasgottalent.PGT on Facebook.

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