Friday, March 9, 2018

HOOQ Releases its First Hollywood Original Series "The Oath"

 "The Oath" Tackles Tough Issues of Gang Culture and Corruption in The L.A. Police Force

HOOQ – the largest Video On Demand service in South East Asia – is proud to announce its first foray into Hollywood Originals with Crackle’s The Oath. Debuting with all 10 episodes on March 8, 2018 in the US, the series will be fully available on HOOQ 24 hours later.

Chief Content Officer of HOOQ, Jennifer Batty said, “This marks a truly significant milestone for HOOQ Originals. While we continue to blaze a trail for homegrown Asian content and talent, we are now proud to strengthen our offering and bring in the best original content that Hollywood has to offer. With established producers of gritty visual stories like Joe Halpin and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson on the team and not to mention hard hitters like Ryan Kwanten and Sean Bean, we’re confident that we’ve got a winner here. I can’t wait for you all to see it!

Set in Los Angeles, this hard-hitting crime drama dives deep into a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend. The Oath chooses to tread where most cop dramas don’t, shedding light on corruption and “police gang” culture by examining secret societies that are nearly impossible to join. Only a select few make the cut but, once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies not only on the outside but also from within.

 

Created by Joe Halpin (“Hawaii Five-O”, “Secrets and Lies”), the characters and relationships in The Oath are informed by his first-hand experience working as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in South Central for 18 years, 12 of which was as an undercover officer.

Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ, Peter Bithos said, “At HOOQ, we have always dedicated ourselves to bringing our subscribers the best that Asia and Hollywood have to offer.

With The Oath now joining our family of HOOQ Originals, we’re proud to continue bringing the kind of stories that our customers love and continue to expect from us. This is the first of many to come.”

The Oath stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Cory Hardrict(“American Sniper”, “Gran Torino”), Katrina Law (“Training Day”), Arlen Escarpeta (“The Magicians”), J.J Soria (“Animal Kingdom”, “The Fosters”) and “Game Of Thrones” alum, Sean Bean. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (“Power”) and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group, Anne Clements (“StartUp”) and Halpin are the producers. The series is directed by Jeff T. Thomas (“Blindspot,” “Wayward Pines”) and Luis Prieto (Kidnap, “StartUp”). The Oath is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
 
MORE ON HOOQ
There is truly something for everybody this March on HOOQ’s TVOD service. Lovers of animated films can enjoy Pixar’s Coco and comic book fans can rejoice as HOOQ brings you the absolute best that the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe has to offer with Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League. Those looking to make a trip to a galaxy far, far away can eagerly await the arrival of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and, finally, for the nostalgic lovers of 90s cinema, the highly successful Jumanj: Welcome To The Jungle would
be a winning choice.

Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines, Sheila Paul, said: “It will be a very exciting month for movie buffs at HOOQ! We are very excited to bring these movies fresh from the cinema that the whole family will enjoy. They’re perfect viewing on road trips this summer and when you’re just chilling at home.”

HOW TO GET HOOQ
It’s easy to get HOOQ’d. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ’s extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits.  Globe customers can get to try HOOQ for up to 90 days on selected mobile and broadband plans. Find out more and sign up today for a complimentary trial at www.hooq.tv.

About HOOQ
Built in Asia for Asia, HOOQ is Asia's first premium video-on- demand service to launch across the region.  HOOQ is a start-up joint venture established in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros.  HOOQ delivers over 10,000 Hollywood, regional and local movies and TV shows to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download on their Internet device or platform of choice.  HOOQ was also named Best Mobile App in the Media, Film, TV or Video category at the GSMA’s Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2016 in Barcelona.  HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore with a population footprint of over 1.7 billion people. 

For more information, visit www.hooq.tv.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

“Bagani” Hits High Ratings, Wows Netizens, Beats Rival Show

ABS-CBN's newest fantasy series "Bagani," which stars Liza Soberano, Matteo Guidicelli, Sofia Andres, Makisig Morales, and Enrique Gil, instantly captivated viewers nationwide with its pilot episode last night (March 5).

 

The series registered a national TV rating of 35.5% or more than double than that of its rival "Kambal, Karibal's" 15.4%, according to data from Kantar Media.

 

Aside from winning the ratings, "Bagani's" official hashtag #UnangSabakngBagani also topped Twitter's list of trending topics worldwide as netizens posted their positive comments about the pilot episode.

 

Fans lauded the series' top caliber production value and even compared the show to well-loved foreign series "Star Wars" and "Game of Thrones." 

 

Twitter user @lizquenchannel said, "The set reminds me of Tatooine. Seriously, the production details, costume, everything is incredible! It makes the story so much more powerful!#UnangSabakNgBagani"

 

"Game of Thrones + Clash/Wrath of the Titans + Vikings + Apocalypto + the usual Filipino 'inapi pero marangal' story = Bagani. #UnangSabakNgBagani," @danthology said. 

 

"From set design, cinematography, to VFX, this fantaserye really wowed me. Congrats on your pilot episode #UnangSabakNgBagani," @seunghoonized posted. 

 

"Bagani" already gave viewers a peek of the different regions of Sansinukob and showed the humble beginnings of Lakas (Enrique).

 

As the fantaserye continues, get to know the lives of other Baganis Ganda (Liza), Lakam (Matteo), Dumakulem (Makisig), and Mayari (Sofia), who, like Lakas, possess good hearts and are willing to sacrifice even themselves for their families and for their people.

 

Don't miss "Bagani,"weeknights after "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show's latest episodes on iWanTV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


GMA Network Launches Four New Digital Shows: The Boobay and Tekla Show, All Access, Thousanaire, and Taste MNL

This February, GMA Network goes all out online as it launches not one, not two, not even three, but four new exciting digital programs - The Boobay and Tekla Show, All Access, Thousanaire, and Taste MNL - which will be available for streaming exclusively on GMANetwork.com and GMA Network's Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/gmanetwork).

Kapuso comedians Boobay and Tekla showcase their quick wits and comical flairs in THE BOOBAY AND TEKLA SHOW, an online comedy program which features riotous discussions and interviews with fascinating personalities about a variety of topics in pop culture - may it be movies, cyber culture, showbiz, current events, and many more. Netizens are bound to get a kick out of the two hosts' fearlessness, unpredictability, and hilarious banters punctuated with rib-tickling games and challenges.

Catch The Boobay and Tekla show with new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday beginning February 27 at 5PM.

Meanwhile, sought-after TV/radio host and vlogger Joyce Pring will take viewers with her to raid sets of various GMA programs in ALL ACCESS. Viewers will get an up close and exclusive look at what exactly goes on behind-the-scenes of featured shows. They will also certainly be entertained as the stars of that program undergo different challenges, debates, and tutorials with a showbiz spin.

Join Joyce in All Access every Wednesday beginning February 28 at 5PM.

Millennials are in for a superb treat as Kapuso artist Reese Tuazon reveals how to get the most out of their 1,000php in each episode of THOUSANAIRE. From showcasing various challenges like coming up with a stylish summer outfit, to DIY home decors, and picking romantic restaurants perfect for dates - Reese will get it done all within a Thousand Pesos. Viewers can also expect special guests to join Reese in her Thousanaire quest. At the end of each episode, a breakdown of the expenses will be shown to prove how well Reese scored the most bang for their thousand bucks!

Discover how you can make the most out of that thousand peso bill with Reese every Friday beginning March 2 at 5PM.

In her first solo-led show, StarStruck alumna and Bubble Gang cast member Arra San Agustin is all set to take netizens on a gastronomic adventure in TASTE MNL, the first spin-off from Taste Buddies on GMA NewsTV. Through Taste MNL, Taste Babe Arra will bring viewers to the most popular and buzzed-about restaurants around the Metro. Arra will eat her way through each menu's must-tries and best-sellers to let people in on what they should order. In each Taste MNL episode, Arra will ask fellow customers to give 3 reasons why they would recommend the episode's featured restaurant.

Explore and delight in the Metro's delectable food scene with Arra in Taste MNL every Saturday beginning March 3 at 5PM.

Don't miss the exciting episodes of The Boobay and Tekla Show, All Access, Thousanaire, and Taste MNL beginning this February on GMANetwork.com and GMA Network's Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/gmanetwork).

Toprating Kapuso Teleseryes to Air in Thailand

GMA Network will charm the hearts of Thai viewers as top-rating Kapuso drama series are slated to launch in Thailand.

Thai company JKN Global Media acquired over 1,000 hours of GMA dramas through GMA Worldwide including Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real (The Other Mrs. Real), My Faithful Husband, and Beautiful Strangers which will air via Bright TV.

Kapuso leading men bannered by primetime king Dingdong Dantes, Mikael Daez, and Benjamin Alves graced JKN and Bright TV's event dubbed, "Have a Bright Day" held in Centralworld, Bangkok last February 20. The actors serenaded their Thai fans, who welcomed them with loud cheers, as their way of thanking them for their support.

Dingdong thanked JKN CEO Anne Jakrajutatip in an Instagram post for the warm welcome and for bringing Thailand and the Philippines closer via GMA dramas. "It was such a pleasure to be part of GMA Network's delegation and to personally witness how much our Thai neighbors appreciate the work that we've done." He also extended his gratitude to the cast and crew behind the success of his drama,The Other Mrs. Real.

"It was indeed heartwarming to meet our supporters in Thailand. I'm very much thankful to the Thai viewers for supporting our programs," said Mikael who starred in My Faithful Husband.

In an Instagram post, Benjamin also sent his gratitude to Ms. Jakrajutatip for inviting them to the grand event of Bright TV. "I am excited for the Thai fans who will be able to watch and enjoy Beautiful Strangers which is set to premiere in March," Benjamin said.

Jakrajutatip, who visited Manila prior to the promotional tour, said that they are grateful for the strong partnership they have with GMA Worldwide. "We love GMA because of the great collaboration that we have with them, their programs are well-produced with good casting and compelling stories that are relatable to the Thai audience. Most importantly, they have a good content sales team and they also have excellent after sales service," Jakrajutatip said.

Jessica Soho is First-Ever Filipino to be Named as NYF Best News Anchor Finalist

GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho marks another milestone in Philippine broadcast history, this time around becoming the very first Filipino news anchor to become a finalist at the prestigious New York Festivals Television & Film Awards.

Soho is shortlisted in the Best News Anchor category for GMA News TV's flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA).

Soho holds the distinction of being the country's most awarded broadcast journalist with nearly 300 local awards and more than 30 international awards to date.

She is also the first Filipina recipient of the highly acclaimed George Foster Peabody Award for her documentaries on the illegal trade of kidneys and the harrowing plight of Filipino boxers. She is a 7-time recipient of the "Most Trusted News Presenter" award of Reader's Digest Asia.

Known for giving depth and context to news headlines, State of the Nation with Jessica Soho remains one of the most trusted news programs on Philippine television today.

Over the years, SONA's credibility in handling interviews has already caught the attention of foreign and local newsmakers. In 2013, Soho was the only media professional invited by the United Nations (UN) for a one-on-one interview with then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during his visit to the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

SONA won a Silver Screen Award at the 2013 U.S. International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF) for its special coverage of the 2012 monsoon rains. A year before that, the evening newscast took home the Certificate for Creative Excellence from the same award-giving body for its episode on the outcome of Typhoon Sendong.

In 2013, GMA Network's coverage of Super Typhoon Yolanda—including that of SONA—won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. The said award is considered as the Oscars of broadcast and electronic journalism.

Soho also hosts the top-rating magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and is the chief correspondent/ host of the investigative news magazine program Brigada.

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho remains as the most-watched show on its time block, and at the same time is always one of the trending topics in the Philippines every Sunday night. Recent data gathered by the industry's most-trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement showed that KMJS was the most watched GMA program nationwide for the whole month of February.

In documentary program Brigada, on the other hand, Soho leads the next generation of "Brigada" reporters as they discuss relevant stories and issues.

A member of the GMA family throughout her career, Soho started as a news reporter covering the military and defense beats. In 1991, her report on the hostage crisis in Cagayan Valley in northern Philippines earned a Bronze Award in the New York Film and Television Festival. She served as First Vice President for News Programs of GMA Network until 2014.

Aicelle Santos Joins Miss Saigon UK as ‘Gigi Van Tranh’

GMA Network proudly congratulates home-grown singer and actress Aicelle Santos for bagging the role of 'Gigi Van Tranh' in Miss Saigon's UK Tour. After the success of Himala: Isang Musikal where she plays the lead role, the Kapuso star is now ready to take the international stage with Cameron Mackintosh's critically-acclaimed musical.

The Rock and Soul Diva first captured the hearts of theater enthusiasts with her role as Aileen in the local production, "Rak of Aegis" where she bagged the award for Best Actress in a Musical Production in the Aliw Awards 2014. This is followed by more stints in theater, making her a favorite in the local scene.

Last year, Aicelle has once again been recognized by Aliw Awards as Best Actress in a Featured Role for her portrayal of Perla in "Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag." For the same performance, she is currently nominated at the Gawad Philstage Award as Best Female Featured Actress in a Musical.

She will continue being visible on TV as her successful 'Awit Na Aicelle' concert will be televised on GMA, and the music video for the single 'Tuloy Tuloy Lang' under her recent album 'Liwanag' will also be released in the coming months.

With her deep-seated passion for music and the arts, the Kapuso star is excited for this international venture. Aicelle will leave for the UK on the third week of March for the beginning of her training, with high spirits to represent the Filipino talent abroad.

Kim Chiu and Zanjoe Marudo Team Up for the First Time in “MMK” Featured Story About Marawi Soldier


Kim Chiu and Zanjoe Marudo will be paired up for the first time on television and play a couple whose relationship got tested by the Marawi siege this Saturday (March 10) on "MMK."

Ani (Kim) grew up in a military family. After seeing what her mom went through with her dad, Ani vowed not to ever fall in love with a soldier. 

Although her mind was against it, her heart fell for her brother's senior in the military, Rommel (Zanjoe), and ended up marrying him.


Their marriage went smoothly until Ani suffered a miscarriage and was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). To complicate things further, Rommel was assigned to go battle in Marawi.

Would they still have the complete family they have always wanted? Did Rommel come home safely to fulfill his promise to Ani?


Joining this upcoming episode are Ahron Villena, Michael Roy Jornales, Akihiro Blanco, Boom Labrusca, Jong Cuenco, Ana Abad Santos, Niña Dolino, Denise Joaquin, Encar Benedicto, Kristel Fulgar, Aiko Climaco, and Dawn Chang.  The episode is directed by Dado Lumibao and is written by Benson Logronio. "MMK" is led by business unit head Roda C. dela Cerna.

Don't miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, "MMK," every Saturday after "Little Big Shots" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodesoniwantv.com.phorskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @mmkofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Meet Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling: Warriors of Light in “A Wrinkle in Time”

Exceptional actresses Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling star as the three mystical Mrs.'s in Walt Disney Pictures' epic adventure  A Wrinkle in Time (in Philippine cinemas March 14).


Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon)and Mrs. Who (Kaling) are the three visitors born of stardust who are now pure light and have come to Earth in human form to shower Meg (Storm Reid) with wisdom and love as she searches for her father. Each is of significant importance in author Madeleine L'Engle's novel, and as brilliantly fleshed out in the screenplay brings even more to the story. Says director Ava DuVernay, "We all have Mrs.'s in our lives. The Mrs.'s represent our instincts, our imagination, our education and our experience, all of these intangibles, and if you hone in on the best of yourself and listen to that, then you give yourself permission to be on the journey you should be on."


DuVernay always envisioned Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, the oldest and most knowledgeable of the three Mrs.'s. Along with Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who, they are self-proclaimed warriors who strive to protect all that is good and bright in the universe.


Says Winfrey, "Mrs. Which has been around for millennia. She is an angelic cosmic being who has complete empathy and connection to all humans and is one with the universe. She understands that love and light is all that ma ers and journeys throughout the universe to spread that message."


For the role of Mrs. Whatsit, the second ethereal guide who has journeyed to Earth, the filmmakers were looking to cast someone charming, delightfuland funny—all words that describe Reese Witherspoon. The actor and producer, whose credits range from "Legally Blonde" and "Walk the Line" to "Big Little Lies" and "Wild," was a huge fan of the book as a child and was thrilled when off ered the role of the youthful and free-spirited Mrs. Whatsit. 


In describing her character, a star who gave up her existence in order to fight the darkness, Witherspoon says, "Mrs. Whatsit is the youngest of the three Mrs.'s…she's only 2 billion years old. This is her first mission as a guide traveling the universe fighting for light and goodness in people and humanity, but she is new to Earth and not used to being in a human form and is very curious."


Comedienne-actor-writer Mindy Kaling ("The Office," "The Mindy Project," "Inside Out") plays the third astral guide, Mrs. Who, a character who represents a melting pot of the world we live in, both historically and in today's modern mes. The quietest of the group, Mrs. Who has adopted the language of some of the greatest spiritual warriors as a means of communication, speaking in proverbs and quotes from the likes of Shakespeare, Churchill and Buddha. 


Says Kaling, "Mrs. Who is a very mysterious character because she speaks through other people's words and sentiments, and for someone like me who is very expressive and always has a lot to say and a lot of opinions, it was a really challenging role to play. It also meant I wasn't able to improvise on set, which is one of the fi rst mes that has ever happened."


A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl's transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one's individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one's own light.


A Wrinkle in Time is distributed by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines). For more information, check out the film's website and Mobile site at disney.com/wrinkleintime. Like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/WrinkleinTime. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WrinkleinTimeand Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrinkleintime/ and use the Hashtag: #WrinkleinTime


Take Your First Look at “Sherlock Gnomes” Character Posters

Paramount Pictures has just launched six character posters for its new animated comedy Sherlock Gnomes with a voice cast led by Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.


Check out the one-sheets below and watch Sherlock Gnomes in Philippine cinemas March 21.


The beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there's only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES. 


The famous detective and sworn protector of London's garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city. 


This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.


Sherlock Gnomes is based on Characters by Rob Sprackling & John Smith and Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil and Keely Asbury and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Story by Andy Riley-& Kevin Cecil and Emily Dee Cook & Kathy Greenberg. Screenplay by Ben Zazove and Directed by John Stevenson.


Sherlock Gnomes is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Jona Collaborates with Jay R and REQ for the Cool, New Version of “Till The End of Time”

Jona releases not just one but two distinct versions of her hit single "Till The End Of Time" this Friday (March 9), in celebration of the first anniversary of her certified gold and platinum album under Star Music.   

 

The MYX Music Awards 2018 Female Artist of the Year nominee sings the exciting pop collaboration, "Take It To Forever" ("Till The End Of Time" pt. 2) together with R&B Royalty Jay R and international rapper Req. 

 

The Birit Queen also remakes the song solo with club remixes, depicting a different vocal style from one of today's most in-demand singers. 

 

Both the pop and club remix versions are produced by Star Music audio content head, Jonathan Manalo. 

 

The original "Till The End Of Time" single, a collaboration with BoybandPH, was released last year as part of Jona's self-titled album. 

 

Download the "Till The End Of Time" club remix and "Take It To Forever" single, available in digital stores starting Friday (March 9). For more details on Jona's music, visit starmusic.ph, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ StarMusicPH.

TFC and DZMM’s “Global Pinoy Singing Idol” in Europe Kicks Off this 2018 in Greece

After adding Canada's Shaira Garrido to the now stellar list of undiscovered but high-potential winners, and a milestone collaboration with Global Tawag ng Tanghalan of "It's Showtimein 2017, ABS-CBN's radio arm DZMM and international arm, The Filipino Channel (TFC), are on the lookout once again for this year's next "Global Pinoy Singing Idol".

 

In line with its mission to continuously provide the global platform for the Filipino talent, ABS-CBN through DZMM and The Filipino Channel (TFC) will try to create history anew as they set out 
for the finals in Europe in historical Greece. 


From last year's Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI), two regional finalists from Austria set out to compete at the grand finals in Manila ---Bernardite Steiger of Austria and Louis Denciv Auman of Austria --- where Steiger emerged as second place winner. 



This year, Kirsten Mae Arada, Maria Manzano, Rissa Martinez – Pasion, Faith Andrea, Anthony Carbonel, Charo Francisco, Kleniki Perikleous, Eunice Manigbas, Katherina Palo and 
Cleopatra de Guzman will vie for the finals round on March 24 at the Gazi Music Hall, Iera Odos 7-13, Athens 118 54, Greece.  Providing inspiration are The Next Big Diva Morissette and Millennial Heartthrob Gerald Anderson, with host DZMM anchor Ahwel Paz

 

Tickets are at €15 for VIP (with photo opportunity with the celebrity guests) and €10 for General Admission.  Barkada Bundle promos are also available (buy five tickets and get two for free). 



For more information, visit 
http://emea.kapamilya.com/events/europe/dzmm-global-pinoy-singing-idol or contact Ejaz Ahmed at 6937375068; Sonia Ahmed at 6932162018; Elmina Buado at 6975028336; Eva Garcia at 6931294009; Vicon Viana at 6930442628 and RCBC Greece at 6938112316. Connect with fellow globalKapamilyas and follow Kapamilya TFC and Kapamilya Global PR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Photos courtesy of DZMM).

Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador’s Hit Series “The Legal Wife” and “Bridges of Love” Air on Thai TV


Two of the Philippines' top rating and most successful primetime dramas, "Bridges of Love" and "The Legal Wife," have started airing on Thailand's biggest TV network, JKN.

 

"We chose to air 'The Legal Wife' in Thailand because the content of the series resonates with Thai family and culture," said Anne Jakkraphong Jakrajutatip, CEO of JKN Global Media Public Company Limited.

 

"'Bridges of Love,' meanwhile, was chosen because of its intense storyline and the interesting dynamics of the lead roles in the series. This gives Thai viewers a new taste of entertainment," she added.

 

Anne also shared that JKN Global even produced Thai soundtracks for the Thai audience to easily connect with both dramas.

 

"I trust Jericho, Angel, Maja, Paulo, and JC for their acting and if they can conquer the hearts of Filipino audience, then it wouldn't be hard for them to also conquer the hearts of Thai viewers." 

 

"Bridges of Love," topbilled by Asia's drama prince Jericho Rosales and award winning actors Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador, tells the story of brothers Gael and Carlos who were separated by an unfortunate incident when they were young and crossed paths many years later as two different individuals competing for the love of one woman, Mia. 

 

"Bridges of Love" marked the entry of Filipino content in Latin America when it aired in Peruvian TV station, PanAmericana. 

 

Meanwhile, "The Legal Wife," topbilled again by Jericho this time with International Emmy Awards-nominated actress Angel Locsin, follows the story of couple Adrian (Jericho) and Monica (Angel) and how the former's infidelity slowly destroyed their marriage. 

 

The series was well received by viewers nationwide as it enjoyed high TV ratings and even sparked discussions on marriage and infidelity. The show's talked about catfights and dramatic scenes also went viral online, with fans creating their own parodies and memes. 

 

 

ABS-CBN's content, popular for its heartfelt Filipino stories, is made available across other territories through ABS-CBN International Distribution, recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ABS-CBN Releases Statement on the Concept and Objective of “Bagani”


The concept of ABS-CBN's new fantaserye "Bagani" is to feature warriors, protectors, and heroes who espouse Filipino values and beliefs. 
The production team did intensive research to determine a distinctly Filipino term that embodies a champion who fights for the common good of his tribe or family - somebody who is brave, honorable, self-sacrificing, and good-hearted.  In the end, the team recognized that the term and concept of a "Bagani" best solidifies the traits that the program wants to highlight.
With all due respect, the use of "Bagani" is not in any way intended to malign or to disrespect beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples' communities, but instead hopes to propagate the values, morals, and ethics that are inherent in a 'Bagani' - a Filipino warrior, protector, and hero.
To be clear, the "Bagani" fantaserye does not purport itself to be a historical account of Philippine history or culture.  The program has always maintained that it has created an alternative fictional universe with elements of Filipino mythology and folklore that simply serves as an avenue to creatively deliver and highlight Filipino values, beliefs, and heroism. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

90th Oscars Winners: The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and Guillermo del Toro


As predicted, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are the big winners in the 90th Academy Awards (as announced) held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California:

Best Picture - The Shape of Water
Best Actress - Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Actor - Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Best Director - Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Documentary Feature - Icarus, Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Best Costume Design - Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)
Best Makeup - Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick (Darkest Hour)
Best Sound Editing - Richard King and Alex Gibson (Dunkirk)
Best Sound Mixing - Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo (Dunkirk)
Best Production Design -Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin (The Shape of Water)
Best Foreign Language Film - A Fantastic Woman, Chile
Best Animated Feature Film - Coco
Best Animated Short Film  - Dear Basketball
Best Visual Effects - John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Film Editing - Lee Smith (Dunkirk) 
Best Documentary Short Subject - Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short Film - The Silent Child
Best Adapted Screenplay - James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name)
Best Original Screenplay - Written by Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Cinematography - Roger A. Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Best Original Song - "Remember Me" from Coco
Special Achievement - Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Flesh and Sand)

Oscars 2018 Winners - Full List


Here is the complete list of winners in the 90th Academy Awards (as announced) held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California:

Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Documentary Feature - Icarus, Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Best Costume Design - Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)
Best Makeup - Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick (Darkest Hour)
Best Sound Editing - Richard King and Alex Gibson (Dunkirk)
Best Sound Mixing - Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo (Dunkirk)
Best Production Design -Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin (The Shape of Water)
Best Foreign Language Film - A Fantastic Woman, Chile
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Animated Feature Film - Coco
Best Animated Short Film  - Dear Basketball
Best Visual Effects - John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Film Editing - Lee Smith (Dunkirk) 
Best Documentary Short Subject - Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Live Action Short Film - The Silent Child
Best Adapted Screenplay - James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name)
Best Original Screenplay - Written by Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Cinematography - Roger A. Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Best Original Song - "Remember Me" from Coco
Best Director - Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Actor - Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Best Actress - Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Picture - The Shape of Water
Special Achievement - Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Flesh and Sand)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, and Angel Locsin Lead Metro Society’s Most Influential on Social Media List


Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, and Angel Locsin shine brighter than other stars in Metro.Style's much-awaited reveal of Metro Society's "Most Influential on Social Media."

Anne reigns at the top spot with her chic style, adorable pets, interesting upbeat social life, and enticing travel photos shared with 8.5 million fans on Instagram and 10.4 million followers on Twitter. The "It's Showtime" host embraced social media for its abilities to bring her closer to fans and help others and bring about social change in the community.

As a comedian, actor, TV host, and now cosmetics maven, whatever Vice Ganda touches turns to gold. A self-made individual and a stalwart for the LGBT movement, the blockbuster superstar stands as an icon for everything that the Filipino who dreams and works hard enough can achieve—which all of his 10.4 million followers on Twitter all agree on.

With a look back at her roles, Angel may very well be the country's biggest female action star. But more than just physically strong, she has also weathered difficulties in life with a kind of grace that has drawn her many admirers. With a following of 10.2 million, Angel's tweets are a mix of inspirational messages and updates on her projects and charities.

Other notable celebrities who also made it to the list are Yeng Constantino, Marian Rivera, Toni Gonzaga, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Liza Soberano, and Erich Gonzales.

The "Most Influential on Social Media" list identifies relevant people from different fields - individuals who, with their large social media following, help shape and move the society we live in today.

Check out the full series of #MetroSocietyMostInfluential articles on metrostyle.abs-cbn.com.

ABS-CBN Brings Yoo Seung-Ho and Chae Soo-Bin’s Extraordinary Love Story with “I Am Not a Robot”

 

Feel the 'kilig' with the extraordinary love story between a man, who is allergic to humans, and a woman pretending to be a robot beginning this Monday (March 5) in ABS-CBN newest Asianovela "I am Not a Robot."

Topbilled by award winning actor Yoo Seung-Ho and versatile leading lady Chae Soo-Bin, the romantic comedy drama follows the life of Migo, a rich, handsome young man with a rare condition. Even science cannot find a way to cure his body's allergic reactions when he makes any form of skin contact with humans. That is why he has lived his whole life in isolation, alone in his palace-like mansion.

Meanwhile, Jia's life is the complete opposite of Migo's. She takes on various jobs to make ends meet and to finally achieve her ultimate goal and that is to put up her own business.

One day, however, Jia gets a business proposal that will change her life--- to pretend as Aji 3, a robot designed to become Migo's companion. Due to unfortunate events, the real Aji 3 malfunctions and it is only Jia who can pretend to be like her because Aji 3 was based from her appearance by her ex-boyfriend, who is the head of the robotic team commissioned to work on the project.

How will Jia pretend to feel nothing for Migo whom she has a crush on ever since they crossed paths? Will Migo easily find out that Jia is a real human being? How long will Jia deceive Migo? Can Migo actually fall in love with a robot?

Don't miss the premiere of "I am Not a Robot" this Monday (March 5) after "Hanggang Saan" only on the first and true home if Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. For updates, like https://www.facebook.com/abscbnkapamilyanovelas/ on Facebook or follow @KapamilyaNovela on Twitter. You can also watch past episodes of the program via www.iWanTV.com.ph.

Unleash the Inner Hero with “Bagani,” Premieres March 5 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida

Unleash the hero within and embark in an epic adventure inside a world where courage, resilience, justice, hope, and love prevail beginning this Monday (Mar 5) as ABS-CBN premieres its newest and highly anticipated fantaserye "Bagani."

Topbilled by Liza Soberano, Matteo Guidicelli, Sofia Andres, Makisig Morales, and Enrique Gil, follow the journey of Lakas from the desert region, Ganda from the farm region, Lakam from the trade region, Dumakulem from the forest region, and Mayari from the sea region, normal individuals suddenly turned heroes of Sansinukob.

Each one of them has a particular skill that makes them a cut above the rest. Apart from their skills, they also possess good hearts that are willing to sacrifice even themselves for their families and for their people. That is why Apo, the benevolent and wise deity of Sansinukob, bestowed on them powerful weapons - 'espada ni Minokawa,' 'pana ni Makiling,' 'palakol ni Bernardo Karpio,' 'arnis ni Liwliwa,' and 'kalasag ng Kataw'---  they need to become Baganis and battle the evil forces of the Sarimaw.

Will the Baganis succeed in ther mission to protect and restore peace in Sansinukob?

Joining the cast of "Bagani" are Robert Seña, Ana Abad Santos, Rayver Cruz, Lara Quigaman, Enzo Pineda, Christian Vasquez, Mikylla Ramirez, and Joj Martin. It is the directed by Richard Arellano and Lester Pimentel under the production group of Star Creatives.

Don't miss the newest fantaserye "Bagani" starting this Monday (Mar 5) after "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show's latest episodes on iWanTV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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