Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Beloved Children's Book "Peter Rabbit" Now Showing in PH Theaters


When I was a kid, my dad read me the Peter Rabbit books, so I always had an emotional tie to him – and when I had kids, I read the books to them,” says Will Gluck, the co-writer/director of the famous bunny’s first big screen adventure, Peter Rabbit. “The thing I love most is that Peter is a little mischief-maker. I thought it was a great opportunity to take that little nugget, what Beatrix Potter gave Peter, expand that personality trait and make it our own contemporary story.

In the film, Peter’s war with Old Mr. McGregor, keeper of the vegetable garden, takes a turn when the old man kicks the bucket (a victory Peter is all too happy to claim for himself). But when his great-nephew, Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), inherits the place, Peter realizes that the battle for control of the vegetable garden – and the heart of their next-door neighbor, Bea (Rose Byrne) – has only just begun. To help, Peter is enlisting his family and friends – sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, cousin Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and other characters author and illustrator Beatrix Potter created in her original tales.

And because Peter Rabbit is so beloved, especially throughout the British Commonwealth, Gluck was able to attract an all-star cast to bring these famous characters to life: James Corden as Peter, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley as the triplets, Grammy winner Sia as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and David Wenham as Johnny Town-Mouse.

In addition, the live-action cast did double duty behind the microphone, as Domhnall Gleeson plays the frog Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Rose Byrne voiced Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Sam Neill – on camera as Old Mr. McGregor – gives voice to Tommy Brock, the badger.

 


For the animation, Gluck and fellow producer Zareh Nalbandian partnered with Nalbandian’s animation and VFX studio Animal Logic, whose previous credits include The LEGO® Movie, Happy Feet, and other films, for a film that would combine animation with live action. “We wanted to use as many of the Beatrix Potter characters as possible to honor what she created,” continues Gluck. “We’re all familiar with the beautiful watercolor paintings – if they were to come to life in the real world, we hope this is what they would look like.”

The inspiration was Potter’s original illustrations. “Will and I went to see the original pictures at the Beatrix Potter archives in London. She literally painted them at the size that they are in the books,” Nalbandian explains. “The challenge was to start with such small works and to maintain the integrity of the characters that are so beloved in the books, while we bring Peter into the 21st Century. It was a huge opportunity for us to do something that's never been seen before.”

One way of maintaining the integrity of the original paintings was to refer to the illustrations whenever possible. “Our goal was to make the rabbits and the other animal characters look like real animals but with clothes and expressions that the books suggest,” says Gluck.

The look of the film was only one part of maintaining the integrity of the characters – just as important was ensuring that Peter behaved as Peter – a character who takes risks and enjoys a good prank, but one whose good heart shines through.

Peter is told not to go into McGregor’s garden because his father was put into a pie for going into the garden. What does he do? He goes into the garden. That’s who Peter is – there's nothing more you can tell someone who’s like that,” Gluck explains. “He has that impishness, but also a bold confidence and a self-delusion that he's always right, when he’s actually often wrong. He’s never in doubt, though, so he keeps charging forward until he realizes he's gone too far.”

In Philippine cinemas February 28, Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Jennifer Lawrence's Hotly-Anticipated R-Rated Spy Movie "Red Sparrow" Showing Today on PH Cinemas


Jennifer Lawrence gives the spy genre a whole new spin as she stars in her most badass, highly-sensual and R-rated movie “Red Sparrow” that will open February 28 in cinemas (rated R-16 in PH).  

Directed by Francis Lawrence (who also directed Jennifer Lawrence in the worldwide box-office “Hunger Games” films), “Red Sparrow” is based on the novel of Jason Matthews, a former CIA operative that also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.

“Red Sparrow” trails the journey of prima ballerina Dominika Egorova     (Lawrence) as she faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. In the Sparrow School, the trainees undergo a merciless program that turns them into intelligent killing machines. Egorova soon emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets CIA agent Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton) who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

 


Dominika is a fascinating character, fiercely intelligent. She’s forced into a program that trains in espionage.  She turns the tables, her mind is fascinating. She’s ten steps ahead with everybody who’s trying to use her, and it’s this moment where she gains power,” says Lawrence of her role.

The movie’s most brutal and sexiest thrilling spins takes the spy genre a notch higher as director Lawrence vouches that the movie is a very different kind of spy film.  “Red Sparrow” delivers the biggest thrills this year with its hard R, perverse and intriguing journey of the most lethal spy the Sparrow School has ever created.  “This is a thriller, it’s not action, again it’s not gadgety.  When we started working on the story, I fell in love with it because I fell in love with the story of the girl in the movie. I fell in love with the character, I fell in love with her dilemma, and I fell in love with how she deals with that dilemma. I’m really attracted to stories about isolated, quite lonely characters, and that’s what pulled me in. Topically and thematically, the Cold War, when we started the project, was sort of irrelevant. That wasn’t back in the news in the way that it is now,” shares the director.

“Red Sparrow” opens February 28 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

ABS-CBN Awarded Best TV Station at EVSU-OCC Students' Choice Mass Media Awards for 4th Straight Year


ABS-CBN won its fourth Best TV Station Award at the Eastern Visayas State University-Ormoc City Campus (EVSU-OCC) Student’s Choice Mass Media awards since it was launched in 2015.

Of the 17 awards given, the Kapamilya network took home eleven to dominate this year’s edition of the said students mass media awards.

A number of the network’s public affairs shows won including Best News Program for “TV Patrol,” Best Morning Show for “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Most Influential Public Service host for “Failon Ngayon” host Ted Failon.

Meanwhile, the network’s top-rating entertainment programs and personalities also proved to be the campus’ top picks.

Daily noontime variety show “It’s Showtime” won Best Variety Show, while comedian, actor, and host Vice Ganda won Best Comedian. His comedy talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice” won Best Comedy Show.

The horror-fantasy series “La Luna Sangre” won Best Primetime Series.

Kapamilya actors were also named among the most influential. Coco Martin, star of action-drama series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” won Most Influential Actor, while Angel Locsin won most Influential Actress.

Like other student award-giving bodies, the EVSU-OCC Students’ Choice Mass Media Awards honors excellent programs and personalities chosen by the university’s students and faculty.

Look: "Teen Titans GO! To The Movies" Spoofs "Justice League" in Teaser Poster


Warner Bros. Pictures has just released a “Justice League” parody movie poster for “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.” Check it out below and watch Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” in Philippine cinemas July 26.

“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” 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.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies - everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series.

The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC. Michail, Will Arnett, Jed Weitzman, and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic, and Horvath serving as executive producers. Apart from Arnett and Weitzman, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.

“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Aga Muhlach Shares Why Jollibee Chickenjoy Will Always Be His Family’s Favorite Fried Chicken


For Aga Muhlach and his family, there is only one brand that comes to mind when you talk about fried chicken: Jollibee Chickenjoy.

Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand has always been known for its wide variety of offerings. They have delighted taste buds and captured the hearts of Filipino diners for four decades now. Of course, the most famous offering is Chickenjoy: a crispylicious, juicylicious, gravylicious favorite that continues to thrill Filipinos of all ages, across different generations.

The Muhlachs - a prominent celebrity family consisting of Aga, Charlene, and their twins Atasha and Andres - along with scores of Filipino families all over the country and the world, consider Chickenjoy as the delicious centerpiece to countless bonding moments.




The latest Chickenjoy TV commercial, which started airing in January 2018, brings another side of the Muhlach family to the fore. In this ad, Aga reminisces key moments in his life as he remembers how Chickenjoy has been a huge part of their family bonding moments through the years.




Like any other family, the Muhlachs treat mealtime as a perfect opportunity for fun family bonding; and as a way to celebrate each other’s company with a favorite they have grown to love through the years.

Mula noon, hanggang ngayon

The new Chickenjoy ad is more of a reunion for the Muhlachs’ with the 40-year-old homegrown fast-food brand. Aga - with his matinee idol looks and signature dimples - has always been closely associated with Chickenjoy through a series of fun, memorable commercials for Jollibee. This dates back from his bachelor days up to today as he has grown into an upstanding family man.

Talagang mula noon, hanggang ngayon, Chickenjoy has been a constant presence in my life,” Aga shared. “Not only because of all the projects I did with Jollibee, but because it really is my favorite fried chicken. From the crispylicious skin to the juicylicious, malinamnam meat that you dip in the gravy, Chickenjoy really hits the spot when it comes to flavor na ‘di ko malilimutan.”

This love for Chickenjoy is something that the actor has shared with his family up to now with the teenage Atasha and Andres, who also appeared in several Chickenjoy commercials as young children.

And the twins really do the ‘isa pa! isa pang Chickenjoy’ thing because they really love (the product). They grew up with Chickenjoy, and they know that when it comes to fried chicken, talaga namang best sa sarap ang Chickenjoy,” he added.

Throughout the years, Chickenjoy has always been a classic favorite for many Pinoy families because of the unparalleled flavor and dining experience it delivers,” said Cathleen Capati, Jollibee Marketing Director for Flagship Products. “The love for our crispylicious, juicylicious, and gravylicious offering is something that one grows up with, and is eventually passed on to the younger generation, like with Aga and his family. This tradition of heartwarming family moments made even more joyful with Chickenjoy is something that we at Jollibee hope to encourage and foster for the years to come.”

Like the Muhlachs, celebrate family bonding time with a time-tested classic from Jollibee! Savor every crispylicious and juicylicious bite of Chickenjoy today, available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

METRO Society and METRO.Style Release the List of Most Infuential Online Sensations


Metro.Style puts the spotlight on Metro Society’s Most Influential on Social Media, a list of interesting personalities who are relevant and have the ability to engage and influence their followers. In a series of exciting features coming out in the following days, find out the people whose online presence creates impact in the digital space as well as in our society.

This list is categorized into six: the Changemakers who push for national development, the Tastemakers who set the next big things in fashion, travel, food, and even home & living; the Noisemakers whose bold views and opinions on certain issues matter; the Global Pinoys who continuously put the Philippines on the map for their talent and creativity; the Haut Monde, individuals whose social calendar people always try to keep up with; and finally, the Online Sensations featuring today’s most popular and digital savvy celebrities online and offline.

With the release of the campaign's teaser video last Wednesday, expect more enlightening interviews about social media from the likes of digital content creators Maggie Wilson, Tim Yap, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, Steph Zubiri-Crespi, Andi Manzano-Reyes, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Ingrid Chua, and Rachel Peters.



Chosen not just for their large social media following, these individuals use the digital platforms as a bridge to connect with people from different parts of the country and even the world and use it as a tool to share their lives, voice out their beliefs, and champion their advocacies.

Watch out as Metro.Style unveils in the following days the people who are part of the "Most Influential on Social Media." For more information, visit https://metro.style.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Phenomenal Diva Jessa Zaragoza Launches the Remake of “Ikakasal Ka Na”


The Phenomenal Diva Jessa Zaragoza finally made the much-awaited remake of her hit song, the heartbreaking "Ikakasal Ka Na," which was recently launched digitally in a worldwide release as her first major offering under Star Music this year. 

"When I first sang 'Ikakasal Ka Na," I just sang it because it was beautiful. But now, when I sang this new version, I gave it my heart and soul," revealed Jessa. 

With fresh, new arreglo, the OPM hitmaker's "Ikakasal Ka Na" was also launched on air through MOR 101.9. Its original version was included in Jessa's 2000 album entitled "Ibigay Mo Na," with words and music by Alex Catedrilla. 

Star Music's audio content head, Jonathan Manalo, led the song's main vocal arrangement and over-all music production. He shared that since Jessa is celebrating her 20th anniversary in the industry simultaneous with the 30th showbiz anniversary of her husband Dingdong Avanzado, now is the perfect time to revisit some of her biggest OPM hits. 

"What a great time to celebrate Jessa's (and Dingdong's) legacy. We wanted to revisit their hits that made them OPM legends," he said. 

Jonathan also revealed that Jessa's experience and feelings will be more felt in the remake single. "You will hear in the latest version what Jessa is today, with more depth, artistry on her song interpretation," he added. 

The revival version of "Ikakasal Ka Na" is arranged by Paulo Zarate, mixed and mastered by Boggie Manipon, and with violins by Jerome Nuñez. 

This latest single is now available for download in leading digital stores. It is also part of Jessa's "20/30 Commemorative Anniversary Album" with Dingdong, launched recently. 

For more details on Jessa's "Ikakasal Ka Na" single and her upcoming shows, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music's official social media accounts atFacebook.com/starrecordsphilTwitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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