Saturday, June 23, 2018

“World of Dance Philippines” On the Look Out for the Best Dancers in the Country

The best dance groups in the country will go head to head when the biggest dance competition in the world makes its way to our shores with "World of Dance Philippines," which will air on ABS-CBN.


Auditions for amateur or professional dancers and dance groups who want to join the show, originally aired in the United States on NBC, is now open.


Dancers of any genre may choose to join one of three categories: Junior for dancers eight to 17 years old, Upper for dancers and dance groups with one to four members who are 18 years old and above, and Team for dance groups with five or more members who are 18 years old and above.


Participating individual and group dancers will go through three rounds, namely, Qualifier, Duels, and The Cut, until they reach the Division finals, where only one representative per division will go through to the Grand Finals. 


The grand champion will take home a cash prize and will get to go on an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. to audition for "World of Dance."


Pinoy dancers and dance groups who want to join "World of Dance Philippines" should send their videos to


"World of Dance," one of the hottest dance shows right now, is executively produced by Jennifer Lopez. It is hosted by Jenna Dewan, from the dance movie franchise, "Step Up." Judges are Ne-Yo, Derek Hough, and Jenniffer Lopez herself. The show is now in its second season in the U.S. First season winners were French dancers Les Twins. 


"World of Dance Philippines" will air soon on ABS-CBN.

GMA Network’s Newest Singing Competition “The Clash” Reveals Top 62 clashers

From thousands of singing hopefuls who auditioned nationwide to be the next solo singing superstar, GMA 7's The Clash finally narrows down the list to the Top 62 Clashers who will compete in intense one-on-one battles in the network's much awaited singing competition.

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid expressed her excitement for the commencement of the program since it will showcase the talent and star power of the aspirants who were meticulously selected from all around the country.

"Very excited ako kasi we have a good set of singers na maglalaban-laban. I'm sure na sa una, kakalabanin talaga ng mga singers na ito yung sarili nila kasi siyempre, kakabahan sila. But ako, my only advice to them is to use this nervousness to empower them," she said.

The Top 62 clashers who will compete for the judges votes throughout the competition are the following:

Hopefuls from Metro Manila are Anthony Rosaldo, Chin Valdes, Darryl Jiandani, Dior Bronia, Henry Abode, Jordan Abina, Joselito Casimiro, Miguel Aguila, Niña Espinosa, Noel Eneria, Nolo Lopez, Princess Culala, Psalms David and Tristan Perfecto.

Julie Anne San Jose’s “Tayong Dalawa” Beats “Bboom Bboom” by Momoland

Julie Anne San Jose's latest song Tayong Dalawa gets two milestones immediately after its release.

Not just it debut at #1 on iTunesPH All Genres Chart 30 minutes after its release, it also outshines Momoland's hit song "Bboom Bboom"

Friday, June 22, 2018

Maronne Cruz Joins Bituin Escalante in the Manila Staging of Broadway Hit "WAITRESS The Musical"

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce that Maronne Cruz joins the cast of WAITRESS THE MUSICAL as Dawn. 

She joins previously announced cast member Bituin Escalante in this Broadway hit. Scored by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and based on the 2007 movie of the same name, WAITRESS tells the story of expert baker Jenna who is disillusioned with her life and reckons with herself through the simple magic of baking. Accompanied by her friends Dawn and Becky, Jenna finds the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Maronne is more than excited to be joining the cast, saying, "Waitress is my dream show, and I get so elated when I think about playing Dawn. I connect so much with her! We're both introverted, have geeky hobbies, get really anxious when putting ourselves out there, and are holding out for someone who can love all our oddities.

Bobby Garcia, who directs, the highly anticipated musical says, “I was struck by Maronne’s authenticity as Dawn when she came into audition. It was an effortless audition and she hit all the right dramatic and vocal notes. I think audiences are in for a special treat when they see her on stage in WAITRESS.
"WAITRESS The Musical" opens on November 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

No stranger to musical theatre, Maronne has appeared in numerous productions including Hair (Jeanie), Sa Wakas (Gabbi), Ako Si Josephine (Josephine), Godspell (Learn Your Lessons Well soloist), Dog Sees God (Marcy), Horse & His Boy (Sallowpad the Raven), Sandosenang Sapatos (Red), and Cinderella (Stepsister Joy). She has also appeared in the indie film Mariquina as Monet. She also runs an advocacy named A Hero’s Call, which encourages social awareness & action through geek culture.

Catch Maronne as Dawn in WAITRESS, which opens on November 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Tickets will be available soon at TicketWorld Manila.

Unholy Secrets Surface in "The Nun" Trailer

Witness the darkest chapter in “The Conjuring” universe. Watch the official teaser trailer of the upcoming horror-thriller “The Nun” which has just been revealed by New Line Cinema.

Check out the trailer below and watch “The Nun” in Philippine cinemas September 6.



Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with “The Nun.” Directed by Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest is produced by Wan and by Peter Safran, who has produced all the films in “The Conjuring” franchise.

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. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

“The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie.

The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her “Conjuring 2” role as the title character.

Hardy directs “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“It”), story by James Wan & Gary Dauberman. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Todd Williams are the executive producers.

Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editors Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”) and Ken Blackwell ( “Ouija” “Friday the 13th”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”). The music is by Abel Korzeniowski (“Nocturnal Animals”).

New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, “The Nun.” Opening in theaters beginning September 7, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“The Nun” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Family and Far-Out Fun in Marvel Studio's “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the next film to feature the adventures of Ant-Man, “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” which debuts his long-awaited ally, The Wasp.

While audiences were primed for the next film in the “Ant-Man” franchise, everyone was thrown a gigantic curveball by Ant-Man’s appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” Ant-Man joining the fray with Cap and the Avengers firmly planted him within the Super Hero family, albeit a fractured, dysfunctional one. But, more importantly for Marvel aficionados, it also provided the setting for the splashy debut of Giant-Man, the oversized incarnation of our Super Hero.

What’s exciting about ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp,’” says producer Kevin Feige, “is it’s really a sequel to two movies. It’s a follow-up to ‘Ant-Man,’ while also showing the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ For me, there’s a tremendous amount of excitement when you’re able to tell stories like this and combine characters from their origin movies and then layer in their appearances from other movies. Because of this strategy, Ant-Man post-‘Civil War’ has now been exposed to a much bigger audience.”

Adds producer Stephen Broussard, “Scott’s participation in ‘Civil War’ ended up being a really great jumping-off point for this movie. The events of ‘Civil War’ defined where Scott is in his life at this moment and laid the groundwork for the story that we tell in ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’”


The most exciting and anticipated reveal in the film is the introduction of The Wasp, which brings an amazing, female Super Hero to the big screen, and into the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Says Feige of the newly unveiled Super Heroine, “The reveal of The Wasp suit is one of our favorite endings of any of our films. It’s something that she believes, that we believe and we think the audience believes when it comes to female superheroes. It is about damn time, and that’s why the movie is called ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’

Revisiting the prevailing theme of family, an integral part of “Ant-Man,” was a no-brainer when crafting the story line for this next installment. It was the heart of the first film, and the filmmakers wanted to explore more of that through the Van Dyne-Pym and Lang extended families.

Explains director Peyton Reed, “In my mind, the family dynamic is so crucial to what the ‘Ant-Man’ movies are. Scott Lang is the real everyman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s not a super scientist; he’s not a billionaire. He’s just a normal guy who doesn’t have superpowers. It’s all about that suit. There’s a part of Scott that has a take-it-or-leave-it attitude about whether he’s a hero or not. After inadvertently putting his daughter in harm’s way and then facing life in prison never to see his daughter again, Scott is ambivalent about being Ant-Man, and we definitely tell that story.”

Concludes Feige, “What’s exciting about all of our characters is their humanity. Scott Lang, in particular, has a much deeper connection with family. The relationship between him and Cassie was the backbone of ‘Ant-Man.’ We’ve expanded this further in ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ with Scott’s bigger family unit and with Hank, Hope and Janet. I think that’s what audiences respond to. Of course, you still get the spectacle, and you get the fun of Ant-Man shrinking and now growing but you also have this very deep family connection, which is unique among all of our Marvel Studios films.

The fun-filled “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” with its signature out-of-this-world action and laugh-out-loud comedy, flies into Philippine cinemas July 4, 2018. 

Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Jericho Rosales Set to Rock with AEGIS on 20th Anniversary Concert at the Big Dome

Anne Curtis, Jericho Rosales, Karla Estrada, Jett Pangan, and Vice Ganda are set to rock the stage with the iconic and phenomenal 90s band Aegis as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in the music business with a concert dubbed as “AEGIS: Doble Dekada, Ang Soundtrack ng Buhay Mo” on July 13 at the Araneta Coliseum.

“This is our biggest challenge in 20 years, to perform first time in Araneta. Before we were just guests” said vocalist Julet Sonot. “We’re happy to be singing and performing with them,” Juliet continued.

Aegis is composed of vocalists Juliet Sonot, Mercy Sunot-Borjal, and Kris Sunot, keyboardist Stella Maries Galindo-Pabico, drummer Vilma Goloviogo, bassist Rowena "Weng" Pinpin-Adriano, and guitarist Rey Abenoja.

The ABS-CBN Events production will be directed by Frank Lloyd Mamaril.

Tickets to the OPM great’s “AEGIS: Doble Dekada, Ang Soundtrack ng Buhay Mo” concert are priced at P5,830 (VVIP), P4,240 (VIP), P3,180 (Patron A), P2,650 (Patron B), P1,275 (Box), P850 (Upper Box), and P320 (General Admission). For inquiries, contact ABS-CBN Events at 413-1222/0915-036-9464 or Ticketnet at 911-5555. 

Information may also be found on ABS-CBN Events’ official social media accounts at or @abscbnevents on Twitter and Instagram.

Netflix Releases Teaser Trailer for ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

The letters are out!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Lara Jean Song Covey's love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved - five in all - are mysteriously mailed out. 

From New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han, the film adaption of the popular YA novel is directed by Susan Johnson and stars Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Noah Centineo (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, The Fosters) and John Corbett (Sex and the City, Northern Exposure). 

The film launches on Netflix August 17, 2018. 

Ogie Alcasid and Maja Salvador Unite for TFC’s Mid-Year Salvo “The Songwriter Meets the Wildflower” in Japan

When two of the Philippines’ most celebrated performers come together for one afternoon of music revelry, the audience can expect a collaboration nothing short of entertainment par excellence.

On July 15, the Philippines’ award-winning singer-composer Ogie Alcasid joins forces with multi-faceted Dance Empress and concert performer Maja Salvador for TFC Live presents: “The Songwriter meets the Wildflower” at Handashi Fukusi Bunka Kaikan, 1-22-1 Kariyado-cho, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-0918.

Alcasid, dubbed the Hitmaker and a judge for the widely followed show “Your Face Sounds Familiar” seen on ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), is set to perform for his first TFC show in Asia.

Known for his classic hits “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” (a Tagalog phrase that means why are you here only now) and “Nandito Ako” (a Tagalog phrase that means I am here) Filipinos in Japan can expect a rundown of the best in OPM music from the songwriter-singer who is also an actor, former head of Philippine music organization Original Pilipino Music (OPM), and also a philanthropist.

Meanwhile, Salvador, an actress who has created a name for herself for her widely followed characters Lily Cruz/Ivy Aguas, is also known for her dance moves that has earned her the tag Dance Empress. This Japan favorite who first performed for Filipinos in Japan in Kawasaki in 2008 and in Chiba in 2016, is expected to intensify the energy level of the much-awaited collaboration.

Joining Alcasid and Salvador is host Eric Nicolas who will inject with comic relief during the show.  Also joining them is global representative and grand finalist of the Tawag ng Tanghalan sa It’s Showtime Huling Tapatan Makoto Inoue.

Tickets are now available.  Buy your tickets from official ticket sellers: Kapamilya Sari-sari 080 3651 8397; Keiko Makikiwa 080 9727 1494; Margie Ieda 080 4521 9476; Allysa Kusuhara 090 5600 4601; Masayang Buhay 090 8185 0708.  Tickets are at Y10,000 Platinum, Y7,000 Gold and Y3,000 Silver 

“The Songwriter Meets the Wildflower” happens on July 15 at Handashi Fukushi Bunka Kaikan, 1-22-1 Kariyado-cho, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-0918. Gate opens at 12 n.n. Show starts at 4 p.m.

For more details, visit or contact us at 0120 832 863 (LANDLINE) or 03-68682024 (MOBILE) 

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Identity of Former “Junior MasterChef” Contestant Stolen by Fan in "MMK"

"MMK" tells the story of a teenage girl, a former "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" contestant, who fell victim to identity theft this Saturday (June 23).

After joining “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition,” Caitlin (Michelle Vito) became a celebrity with a steadily growing fanbase on her Facebook page, which was managed by her mother Vivian (Rufa Mae Quinto).

The mother and daughter befriended a fan, Charles (Kokoy de Santos), who was able to gain their trust.

All was well until they found out that he used Caitlin’s identity and pictures to catfish another fan into a two-year relationship with him.


How did Caitlin recover her identity?

Also in this episode are Krystal Mejes, Xia Vigor, Ashley Sarmiento, AC Bonifacio, Kazel Kinouchi, and Kyle Velino. It is under the direction of Nuel C. Naval and written by Akeem Jordan del Rosario and Arah Jell Badayos.


Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday on ABS-CBN.

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

SKYdirect's NICK JR., a Must-Channel for Pre-Schoolers

Parents will be delighted to know that Nick Jr. on SKYdirect features an array of fun and learning shows perfect for their little pre-schoolers via SKYdirect Select at P50/month.  SKYdirect prepaid and postpaid subscribers nationwide can now choose individual channels to add to their basic plan using SKYdirect Select.

Here’s a rundown of shows where the little tots can pick up a skill or two.


“Rusty Rivets” teaches kids to be independent with the use of their imagination and resourcefulness. It features Rusty and best friend Ruby finding ways to make spare parts of different objects lying around to be useful. Catch “Rusty Rivets” on weekdays, at 11am.


“Bubble Guppies” or a "school of fish" are fish-tailed pre-schoolers  that attend a school in an underwater classroom. Together, they learn about science, math, and even music appreciation. Kids will surely love characters such as the turbocharged Gil, the school’s leader Molly, and the drama queen that is Deema.  Join the “Bubble Guppies” in their adventure on weekdays at 3:30pm.


Six-year-old Milli, her eight-year-old brother Geo, and their friendly robot Bot are Team Umizoomi. They are mighty math superheroes who teach kiddie viewers counting, measurement, shapes, and patterns. Milli and Geo solve problems in Umi City brought to them by the Umi Alarm. Join “Team Umizoomi” every Sunday at 7:10am, 6:50pm and 7:10pm.



Wally Trollman is a six-year-old with the power to create objects that start with the same letter of the word he chooses to animate. So if he animates the letter “c,” he will also create a castle and a catapult. Aside from this, he uses his magic to solve problems, help friends, and defeat a troublemaker named Bobgoblin.  Check out “Wallykazam” daily at 3:00pm.



Sunny is a hairstylist in the seaside town of Friendly Falls. Kids learn along with Sunny to overcome obstacles using determination and creativity. Let your kids join Sunny, his friends Blair and Rox, plus their pet puppy Doodle as they learn the value of self-confidence on weekdays at 8:45am and 4:45pm. 


For your kids to enjoy these shows simply text SELECT (space) NICKJR (space) (BOX ID), to 23667.  Visit for more details.

Families have more reason to bond at home with SKYdirect, the direct-to-home (DTH) TV service of SKY which gives families nationwide access to more channels.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

QCinema’s Blockbuster Film “The Write Moment” Opens in Cinemas Nationwide on June 27

What do you do when the love of your life, the woman you dream of growing old with, suddenly breaks up with you for the most cliché reason of simply growing tired of your relationship? For wedding videographer and occasional movie script writer Dave, he writes a screenplay depicting their happy ending and surprisingly finds himself living out his written story with a mysterious twist.

Such is the premise of the film The Write Moment, which opens in cinemas nationwide this June 27.

Produced by the IdeaFirst Company and Viva Films with CMB Films. The Write Moment is top-billed by Jerald Napoles as Dave and Valeen Montenegro as his lady love, Joyce. Unlikely as their pair may be, this ordinary guy-beautiful girl team-up proved to be an effective combination in presenting the poignant yet hilarious scenes of a fantasy love story gone wrong.

Anyone who has suffered a heartbreak, or even those who have a penchant for stories of the lovelorn who still fight for love, will surely relate to the film's unorthodox "hugot lines" and laugh at the cheeky humor of this fantasy romantic comedy.

Directed by Dominic Lim, The Write Moment was an original entry to last year's QCinema International Film Festival and it received good reviews on how the movie's surreal moments took viewers to a "wildly entertaining trip to the dark side of love." The story itself is an existential journey depicting the realities of life and love, which is perfectly played out by Jerald and Valeen with their own individual flairs and eccentricities.

The Write Moment opens in cinemas this June 27.

For more information about the movie, visit their Facebook page at

“Incredibles 2” Becomes the Biggest Opening Weekend Ever for a Disney-Pixar Title

The Supers returned and heroically took over the Philippine box-office! Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" debuted at No.1 this week, bowing with a P133.1-M five-day opening weekend (June 14 - 18), shattering the record for Biggest Disney-Pixar Opening Weekend of All-Time in the country.

The animated superhero film bested the record established in 2016 by "Finding Dory" at P101.7-M.

"Incredible 2's" Friday, June 15 gross of  P32.7-M meanwhile clobbered the record previously held by 2015's "Minions" (P32-M) for the Biggest Friday Ever for an Animation Film in the Philippines.

It's a smash comeback for the Parr family of superheroes, whose presence on the big screen has been missed by Filipinos for 14 long years.  Pent-up demand for a sequel and nostalgia have triggered a fevered audience enthusiasm, exemplified by a sensational first weekend.

The Manila visit of Pixar animator and "Incredibles 2" shading art director Bryn Imagire and her portraits of local celebrity families added interest to the film.  The long-weekend and Father's Day celebration also helped drive families to the cinemas.

The opening weekend figures of the Brad Bird-directed film are also ahead when compared to recent Pixar blockbusters such as "Inside Out" (lower by 25%), "Big Hero 6" (73%), "Monsters University" (108%) and "Toy Story 3" (117%).  The original movie, "The Incredibles" opened in 2004 with P18.1-M.

More families and moviegoers are expected to watch "Incredibles 2as it comes to its second week in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtags  #Incredibles2 and  #IAmIncrediblePH

Beki Candidates Outdo Each Other in “Miss Q & A” Resbek Week on “It’s Showtime”


The time has come for 15 aspiring beki beauty queens to prove once again that they are worthy of the crown as they battle each other out in the "resbek" week of "Miss Q and A" in "It's Showtime."

Last Monday (June 18), the returning candidates graced the stage and a new format was introduced to heat up the competition even more.

Three "resbeklas" every day will go head-to-head in "Tumpak! Ganern! Ganern," where the first two candidates who will gain two points will proceed to the next round. Meanwhile, in "'Di Ba 'Teh" round, the remaining contestants will debate on a topic and will pick a side to defend. They will be given 30 seconds for their opening statements and another 60 seconds to rebut each other.

Khei Perlaoan was the first to enter the semi-finals, followed by Angelika Mapanganib on Tuesday (June 19). But viewers are still up for big surprises as the remaining "rebesklas" Joey Jessa Tagalog, Venus Lara Garcia, Kristine Ibardolaza, Marjorie Ompong Bora Santillan, Ligaya Maligat, Barbie Anderson, Princess Khim Santillan, Elsa Droga Mendoza, and Dyosa Ariwawa Barasebe face off to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Who among the remaining candidates will advance to the semi-finals and have a chance to join the grand finals on June 30?

Don't miss the "resbek" week of "Miss Q and A" on "It's Showtime," weekdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

The Magical Baby Elephant Comes To Life in First Trailer for Disney’s “Dumbo”

Watch the teaser trailer for Tim Burton's all-new live-action "Dumbo," coming to Philippine cinemas March 2019.


From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure "Dumbo" expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Directed by Tim Burton ("Alice in Wonderland," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger ("Ophelia," "Dream House"), and produced by Justin Springer ("TRON: Legacy"), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder ("Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," "Big Eyes") and Derek Frey ("Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," "Frankenweenie"), "Dumbo" flies into Philippine theaters on March 2019.

Crime Drama ”Escobar (Loving Pablo) Opens in PH Theaters on June 20

As our country continues its strict war on drugs, VIVAInternational Pictures and MVP Entertainment present ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo), a movie that chronicles the rise and fall of the infamous Colombian tagged as the "King of All Narcos", Pablo Escobar.   

Based on the best-selling book "Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar" by Virginia Vallejo, a distinguished journalist with whom Escobar had an affair with, it stars Academy Award winners and real-life husband and wife, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
Several documentaries and feature films have already been done about this son of a farmer who, at one point, became the seventh richest person on the planet, but Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) and director Fernando León de Aranoa (Barrio, Mondays in the Sun, A Perfect Day), assure that their movie is nothing like what viewers have seen before. 

According to Bardem, "ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo) begins when Pablo Escobar is already an established businessman, but people hadn't yet figured out how he was making his money. He meets Virginia, and through their relationship and her platform, he soon becomes a powerful public figure with a voice for the people."

What the people of Colombia didn't know was that the man they were supporting always had a selfish motive behind his actions, and it was too late when they finally came to realize it.   

"That's where the movie starts,"  Bardem reveals, "and the story is that of the people around him as they realize what kind of a person he has become."  

As for de Aranoa, he believes that Pablo found a confidant in Virginia, "someone who he could convey his innermost ideas and intentions, which makes her a unique character and gives our story a fresh perspective."

On how he and Penelope Cruz approached their characters, Bardem says, "Our portrayal of Pablo and Virginia are fully fleshed out human beings rather than stereotypes…We try to understand the motivation behind Pablo's actions and why Virginia supported him at the beginning…That's why it's called Loving Pablo - because this movie is through Virginia's eyes and the eyes of those who loved Pablo the human being."

Cruz, who had worked with Bardem in Woody Allen's hit Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she won the 2009 Best Supporting Actress Award at the Oscar's, prepared hard for her role.  "I've never met her," says Cruz, pertaining to Virginia Vallejo who currently resides in Miami, "but I've studied about 800 hours of various interviews and shows that she did as a journalist and TV presenter. She is the one that trained Escobar how to use the media to communicate, how to deal with the press, how to address the public. In his political career, she became a significant figure in his life.

Playing the significant role of Agent Shepard who is instrumental in the capture of Escobar is celebrated actor Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Experimenter).   It was Bardem who emailed him and offered him the role.  "One of the things that Javier baited me with when he was first talking about the movie, is that he said that I had a lot of scenes with Penelope."  He had worked with Cruz in the film Elegy, and he's a fan of Berdam as well, so he readily said yes to doing this film with them.  

Audiences can expect "amazing action moments" from this crime drama.   But most of all, Bardem emphasizes, "this story is about relationships – love, hate, greed, ambition, pain, and joy."   

ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo) opens in cinemas nationwide on June 20, 2018.  

Jeremy Renner Becomes an Easy Target in Lifelong Game of “Tag”

Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner ("Arrival," "Avengers" films) stars in New Line Cinema's comedy "Tag" as Jerry, the undefeated player in a game of tag that friends have been playing since they were little kids.

"I thought it was awesome that there are guys who really do this in real life," says Renner.  "The script was hysterical, but it also attracted me because it was about friendship lasting in perpetuity. I've moved around a lot, so I think having continuity from your past is really important.  I'm a big believer in holding on to things that matter; if you value something, it sometimes takes great effort to keep it." 

In New Line Cinema's "Tag," five guys—despite age, geography, and adult circumstances like jobs, illness, marriage and children—manage to keep playing.  For the entire month of May every year, no matter what is on their plate, they revert to the antics that consumed them in grade school, when they first started chasing each other on the playground. Against all odds, they keep in touch. Letting themselves have fun and be childlike together, even if only once a year, actually makes them better friends and more responsible adults. 

This year Jerry is getting married on the very last day in May, and there are only 63 hours left on the clock for the guys to tag him.  And what could be more humiliating than getting tagged at your own wedding?  With his fiancée determined to have a May wedding, Jerry doesn't even send his friends an invitation—he knows they're coming. And the guys believe this is their last great chance to tag him. They can't let Jerry retire without ever being "it," and lord that over them the rest of their lives. Hoagie, the leader of the group, isn't going to take that lying down.

Renner describes Jerry, who owns a fitness gym, as "an overachiever, probably too competitive in everything that he does.  He's very physical and athletic—a type A personality—but also has a wonderful jovial air to him.  And even though he totally dominates the other guys, there's no malice; he has a great sense of fun and enjoys the game." 

There may be no malice, but there is an intensity that is a little scary. "He's super happy, and then suddenly it's a totally serious game face," he continues.  "That polar aspect is what attracted me most to the character and it's been great to explore that…it also makes him the most dangerous tag player around."  

"Jerry is the invincible, untouchable opponent.  He's lightning fast, he's smarter than them, he's cooler than them, and he seems to have powers beyond human capability in the game," says director Jeff Tomsic.  "But he's also really sort of lonely and misses these guys he's been working so hard to run away from all these years, and Jeremy was able to convey all of that at once." 

The harder the other guys have tried to keep the game going and them together, the more Jerry has sprinted in the opposite direction.  Always trying to win, both have lost sight of the point of the game: it isn't about winning, it's about playing.

About "Tag"

Based on a true story, the New Line Cinema comedy "Tag" shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends (Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner) 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.  But he knows they're coming…and he's ready.  

In Philippine cinemas July 26"Tag" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Karen Davila Moderates ANC’s “Leading with Trust, a Session with Stephen M.R. Covey”


Award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila gets to go one on one with another world-renowned speaker as the moderator of the "Leading with Trust, A Session with Stephen M.R. Covey" workshop of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel tomorrow, June 19, 9 am at Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City.

Leadership guru Stephen M.R. Covey, the author of the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Speed of Trust," will be in Manila to share his expertise in explaining why trust among individuals and within organizations is important, to Filipino and Philippine-based business executives, government leaders, corporate leaders, and Human Resources professionals.

A Harvard MBA holder, Stephen is the former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center, which he guided into becoming the "largest leadership development company in the world." It was there where he helped his father's book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, become one of the most influential business books of the twentieth century, according to CEO Magazine.

Karen, the anchor of "Headstart with Karen Davila" on ANC, said she is excited to learn how the younger Covey was able to continue and grow what his father started.

"Stephen MR Covey is expanding his father's legacy. At 48 years old, I want to know how Stephen dealt with the challenges of following in his famous father's footsteps, overcoming and even growing the company further. Stephen talks about qualities credibility, integrity, intent in his book, The Speed of Trust. In today's fast paced modern world of tech, start-ups, the changing face of media - it would be interesting to know the role these values play," she shared.

The veteran anchor said she will also get the speaker's thoughts on the importance of trust in organizations, especially at a time when fake news and misinformation is prevalent.

"No one wants to appear vulnerable at work. It is seen as a weakness. In any organization, not just news, the bigger the company, the harder it is to show who you really are. I want to ask Stephen examples of companies that have taken themselves around with a shift in thinking," she said.

Karen previously moderated the 2017 ANC Leadership Series Forum on Global Governance & World Economy with Dr. Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State in the U.S.A. With 25 years of experience in the media industry, she has covered and interviewed many heads of businesses and government leaders, and she believes one trait is always present in a good leader.

"A good leader must be credible. One can only lead well by example and it takes discipline, self-denial often times, and sacrifice. People want to follow role models - a leader must have integrity and courage, able to make the tough decisions for the good of his or her team," Karen shared.

Stephen M.R. Covey is the fourth international speaker brought to the Philippines by ANC, the country's premier 24/7 all-English cable news channel, in the past three years. Early this year, ANC also brought in Peter Guber, the executive chairman and co-owner of reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors and chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, while Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was the inaugural speaker of the ANC Leadership Series in 2016.

"ANC Presents: Leading with Trust, A Session with Stephen M.R. Covey" is part of the country's premier all-English cable news channel efforts to raise the level of discourse on global affairs and business issues in the country by bringing globally-respected thought leaders for a one-day speaking engagement.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, log-on to or call TicketWorld at 891-9999. Tickets are priced at P20,000 (Platinum) and P15,000 (Gold). 

For news and information, watch ANC, your news channel, your partner on cable. Watch ANC in high definition on cable on ANC HD. 

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Maymay Entrata Massive Music Video Launch: Toinks, Shanawa, Kabaduyan, Pangarap, Mahal Kita Kase

Star Music's gem and bestselling Kapamilya recording star Maymay Entrata launches not just 1, not even 2, 3 or 4 but 5 music videos at the same time.

On Friday, June 15, Maymay officially released the much-anticipated music videos for the hit songs "Toinks," "Shanawa," "Kabaduyan," "Pangarap," and "Mahal Kita Kase".

Gripping Trailer Reveals Why She's "The Girl in the Spider's Web"

Discover what made her the Girl. Watch the next chapter in the Dragon Tattoo Series in the international teaser trailer for Columbia Pictures’ The Girl In The Spider’s Web.


Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller.  Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of “The Crown,” will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

The Girl in the Spider's Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation.  The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film.  It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

The studio continues its development of the next book in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which was released recently.  Sony's Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.

The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.

In Philippine cinemas this November, The Girl in the Spider's Web  is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The Masked Murderer Returns in "Halloween" Trailer

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have launched the teaser trailer of Halloween, from executive producer and legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

Check out the official teaser trailer below and watch Halloween in Philippine cinemas October 17.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).  Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween will also be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9).  Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. 

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

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METRO Celebreates Everything Local with MayWard, ElNella, McLisse and JoshLia this June

From fashion and beauty retailers to the designers who have given the best looks for the season, Metro celebrates everything local for the month of June beginning with a heritage tour of Manila for its four covers featuring Kapamilya loveteams ElNella, JoshLia, MayWard, and McLisse.

Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador hop around old-town Manila and visit the heritage home at Casa Roces and the Dominican-built Paco Park. Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto spend a day at the historic Luneta Hotel, while Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber get introduced to bustling Escolta. McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, meanwhile, explore the picturesque Manila Central Post Office.


Metro also places the spotlight on two designers making waves outside the country: Metrowear designer Michael Leyva and luxury bag designer Mai Mai Cojuangco, while it picks out the best designer collections as seen in Manila Fashion Festival and Philippine Fashion Week.

Soon to be making a worldwide debut as well are new Binibining Pilipinas queens—Catriona Gray, Ahtisa Manalo, Karen Gallman, Eva Patalinjug, Jehza Huelar, and Michele Gumabao—who have shared their stories of determination, perseverance, and the unexpected gains in winning the pageant of their dreams.

Finally, to satisfy readers’ eternal wanderlust, Metro scopes out new stylish getaways that can take the place of Boracay. It likewise curated a lovely list of places to explore that will make readers go on a singing spree for Manila, Manila.

Check out all these and more in Metro June 2018 issue, now out in major bookstores and newsstands for P150. Like Metro on Facebook ( and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH




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