Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dwayne Johnson Makes a Spectacular Leap of Faith in “Skyscraper”

Action superstar Dwayne Johnson headlines Universal Pictures and Legendary's epic action thriller Skyscraper.  Director Rawson Marshall Thurber describes it as Die Hard meets Towering Inferno set in Hong Kong—a love letter to the action movies the director grew up watching.  "I wanted to make a big movie that demands a big-screen experience, with the biggest movie star in the world driving every bit of it," he says.  


To that end, Thurber is proudest of the fact that his film isn't based on a comic book; it's not a reboot, remake, prequel or sequel.  "Skyscraper is an original idea, one that guarantees the audience won't know what's going to happen next.  I wanted to make something with Dwayne that audiences have to experience firsthand in the theater, and I'm so proud of what we've accomplished together."


Johnson explains why he was drawn to the project, one he calls "easily, the most physically demanding role I've ever played."  He notes: "The number-one anchor with audiences all around the world is the bond of family.  Regardless of race or culture or class or religion, the ideology of family is one everyone relates to.  There's something very visceral about a family being torn apart, and the parents doing everything they can to protect their young.  That's always been a special anchor for us in Skyscraper, and for us to explore this on the canvas of film makes it so relevant to people."


It wasn't just the premise, but the chance to work once again with collaborator Thurber that drew in the performer/producer.  "Rawson is one of the very unique talents in Hollywood in that he is the sole writer and director of projects on a massive scale.  All this all this comes out of his head and out of his brain.  When he pitched me Skyscraper, I was in 100 percent.  I felt like it was an amalgamation of Die Hard, The Towering Inferno and The Fugitive—Harrison Ford was already the inspiration for Will Sawyer."


Of utmost importance to the filmmaker was for audiences finally to see Dwayne Johnson as a vulnerable hero.  "We all know him as The Rock; we all know he can pick up a truck and throw it through a building," laughs Thurber.  "But that's not what is most interesting about him as an actor and a person.  I also don't think that's what audiences always relate to.  People love Indiana Jones because he takes a punch, not because he can give a punch.  He's just a normal guy who is trying to survive the adventure.  Dwayne and I wanted Will to be someone who barely survives the trials and tribulations he will be put through."


As the director fleshed out the story, the stakes became even greater for Will.  "The building is on fire, Sawyer's family is trapped above the fire line, and he's outside the building," explains Thurber.  "What's more, he's being framed for the fire.  So he's got to figure out how to get into the building to rescue his family, figure out who the bad guys are, stop them and clear his name and get out.  All in one day."  As he wrote this film for Johnson, the filmmaker reflects: "I wanted to challenge Dwayne.  I wanted to see him be vulnerable.  I wanted him to see him think his way out of a problem instead of punch his way out…and I wanted to see him barely survive."


"In today's world, there are big superhero movies, big movies that are franchises and big commercial popcorn movies," ends Johnson.  "I know, because I make them.  But what I also like about Skyscraper is we are a big summer movie; we're fun, and we're supposed to be.  But there's also something really gritty and down-and-dirty about it that sets it apart from everything else out there.  I'm very proud of it." 


In cinemas July 11, Skyscraper is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

OPM Boy Band 1:43 Releases Romantic Wedding Song “Ikaw Na Nga Talaga”

HIT FILIPINO boy band 1:43 (pronounced as "one forty-three") has collaborated with no less than the best and finest specialists in the wedding industry for the music video of its newest nuptials-inspired and most romantic single yet, "Ikaw Na Nga Talaga."


Singles and soon-to-weds alike might be wondering: How does a man feel when he faces the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, in front of the altar? This is the theme of "Ikaw Na Nga Talaga," an exquisitely romantic ode to matrimony that's been spun into a music video featuring the four charismatic young men of 1:43—Art Artienda, Ced Miranda, Jason Allen Estroso, and Wayne Avellano. 


In the recently launched music video, the boys—impeccably garbed in suits by Rau Ablaza-Usonconveyintense joy in finding "The One"—something that often eludes even the most ardent lovers. "Ikaw na nga talaga ang sinisigaw nitong damdamin / Ikaw na nga talaga ang laman ng aking panalangin / Ikaw na nga, walang iba ang siyang aking iibigin / Ikaw na nga talaga, ikaw lang pala ang para sa 'kin," the chorus of the song goes.


The masterfully shot and royal-wedding-themed music video was filmed by Project Mayo 7 in the most sought-after luxurious garden wedding venue in the country, Palazzo Verde in Las Piñas.


Composed by Jayson Dedal, "Ikaw Na Nga Talaga" comesin the wake of 1:43's hugely successful back-to-back singles"Trapik Tralala," which pokes fun at how traffic woes impact romance,  and the melodramatic "Pasensya Na".


"This time around, the boys wish to encapsulate the profound, heartfelt emotions people go through when they find the love of their life and decide to share a lifelong commitment with them, particularly during weddings," says director and 1:43 founder and manager Chris Cahilig. 

"And this priceless moment," he affirms, "is best portrayed with the romantic flair and flourish—and fairy-tale vibe—that it deserves."


"Ikaw Na Nga Talaga" can be viewed on 1:43's official YouTube and Facebook pages. It will be released in various music streaming platforms worldwide including Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music on July 20. 


The music video was made possible by collaborations with Project Mayo 7, RAU Atelier Weddings, Palazzo Verde, Elaine Palamos (for makeup), Aries Linsangan (for styling), Dave Sandoval Event Stylist, Salvatore Mann, McJim Classic Leather, Jefferson Si Custom Shoe Design, and The Beauty Empire. 


1:43 bagged the 2013 Star Awards for Music Song of the Year for the monster hit "Sa Isang Sulyap Mo" and scored the "Most Promising Performing and Recording Group" recognition in the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation's 45th Box-Office Entertainment Awards.


1:43 is co-managed by Cahilig and Mario Colmenares of Primetime Events and Talent Management. For booking inquiries, interested parties may send a message at chriscahilig@gmail.com or call 09054409521.

True-to-Life Gripping Crime Drama “Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)” Opens in Cinemas Nationwide on July 18

VIVA Films presents "Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)," a gripping crime drama based on the controversial real-life rape and murder case of the Chiong sisters which happened 21 years ago in Cebu.  


Showing in cinemas on July 18, the movie stars Donnalyn Bartolome as Marijoy and Meg Imperial as Jacqueline.  It marks the directorial debut of Ysabelle Peach Caparas (Direk Peach), with story and screenplay by her father, Carlo J. Caparas, who is also themovie's assistant director.  


Jacqueline and Marijoy are typical young women fortunate to belong to a loving family.   They enjoy the freedom to go out unchaperoned, and in the case of Marijoy, to be in a relationship.  Jacqueline, though she is older, does not mind being single, and actually prefers being in the company of their beloved parents, Dionisio and Thelma.  


But the ordinariness of their situation ends on July 16, 1997.  On that rainy evening, the sisters are snatched from a waiting shed, dragged into a vehicle, and transported to a godforsaken place where they eventually suffer inhumane acts in the hands of six evil men.  


The next day, their parents are the ones to experience indescribable agony at the sight of Marijoy's lifeless body while Jacqueline is nowhere to be found.  


When such tragedy strikes a family, what happens to those left behind?


The ordeal that the Chiong family had to go through in search for justice is captured in the performances of Joel Torre and Alma Moreno.  


Ryan Eigenmann takes the role of one of the perpetrators.  Before doing the rape scene, the actor showed his respect to the two lead stars by asking what actions would be unacceptable for them.  Meg and Donnalyn, on the other hand, showed professionalism by not putting any limitations and giving Direk Peach and Ryan their full trust that everything will be done according to what the scene requires.  


Direk Peach has shared in an interview that she created this film in a way that it is open for interpretation.  She also said that her mother, the late Donna Villa, had always wanted to produce this film.  


"Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)," a movie that comes from the heart of all involved will pierce the hearts of many.

Catch it on July 18 in cinemas nationwide.

“The Grinch” Out to Steal Christmas in New Trailer

For a cynical grump, it's never too early to be annoyed at Christmas.  Watch the brand new trailer of Universal Pictures and Illumination's upcoming animated comedy The Grinch starring Benedict Cumberbatch.


YouTube: https://youtu.be/KnbDDd_bk3s 


About The Grinch


For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic.  


The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit.  Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.


Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company.  With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food. 


Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.  When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.  To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.


Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who - a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer - plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch's more nefarious one.  Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all? 


Find out, Christmas season 2018.


In Philippine cinemas November 28The Grinch is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

Cignal Entertainment’s “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi” Examines Love in the Time of Internet


In this digital age, being single is one thing, but living a life without the internet?


That's almost like living in the the Dark Ages or being in solitary confinement - minus the jail bars.


As much as we hate to admit it, we eat, breath, and live our lives on the internet and the only time we go offline is when we need to get some sleep. 


We even manage most of our relationships online, and for a lot of people, those "likes" and "comments" have become a gauge of their friendships. 


But what if you suddenly can't use any form of technology? Will you be doomed to be alone forever?


CIGNAL ENTERTAINMENT, the new original content division of CIGNAL, in partnership withTHE IDEAFIRST COMPANY and OCTOBERTRAIN FILMS, presents a fresh look at love in the digital age with "Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi."


When a teenage girl develops an allergy to Wi-Fi, she is forced to live in a remote province, pushing her to reevaluate her relationships and the boy she believes is her one true love.


The movie stars Sue Ramirez, Markus Peterson, Jameson Blake and is directed by award winning director Jun Robles Lana.


"What interested me most about the idea, when I came across a 2009 news report about a British man who was allergic to Wi-Fi, is the opportunity to explore the underlying sadness and emptiness of modern relationships," shares Director Jun Robles Lana.


"Nowadays, with the advances of technology, no matter where we go, it's so easy to get in touch with our loved ones. But a lot of our correspondence has also been reduced to emojis and likes and superficial interactions online. What happens if the technology that's supposed to connect you to the whole world suddenly isolates you literally and takes away your freedom and the life you once lived and knew?"


Can love endure without an internet connection?


Lana's interesting new take on love immediately drew netizen's attention as its first trailer released last year hit one million views on Facebook just eight hours after being uploaded and continues to be one of the most viewed and talked about upcoming local movie trailer.As a matter of fact, after releasing the second trailer on July 12, it trended as number one on Twitter in just 2 hours after the posting.


"Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi" is Cignal Entertainment's first venture into full length feature film production and is one of the eight feature films chosen by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 happening in August.


For more information you may check out 

Cignal Entertainment's Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/CignalEntertainment/  Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi's Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/AngBabaengAllergicSaWiFi/

ABS-CBN Named One of The “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” by HR ASIA


ABS-CBN was recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia in 2018 by HR Asia, the premiere Asian publication for senior human resources professionals that handpicks world class corporations with high levels of employee engagement and excellent workplace cultures. 

"This award validates our strong belief that people are key to our success, and our success reflects on our people," said Archie Sabado, ABS-CBN head of human resources and organization development during the awards ceremony on June 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila. "It is important because while this affirms that our organizational practices are in the right direction, it also humbles us to continue learning from the bestpractices of other companies so we continue improving for the benefit of our Kapamilyas." 

The HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia list covers 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China. ABS-CBN is the only Philippine TV network included in the list.  

The "Best Companies to Work for in Asia" are selected from various companies in different industries based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company's working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction. The results were then judged by an independent panel of industry experts, academics, journalists and government representatives based on the HR Asia Employee Input Survey™ (EIS) Report and the HR Asia Workplace and Employee Engagement Survey™ (WEES).

Monday, July 16, 2018

New Live-Action Reimagining of Classic Tale “The Little Mermaid” Opens in PH Cinemas on August 8


The latest thrilling fantasy-adventure live-action independent remake of "The Little Mermaid" is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's novel that stars British actress Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey), William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals), Loreto Peralta, Armando Gutierrez and Shirley MacLaine.  First published in 1837 about a mermaid's sacrifice for love, the latest adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" is a brand new take on Anderson's timeless tale, written and directed by Blake Harris. 


Produced by independent studios Kingsway Productions and Conglomerate Media, "The Little Mermaid" unfolds with an old grandmother telling her two granddaughters the story of a fascinating beautiful mermaid.  William Moseley stars as a reporter who started following a story about a mermaid and a magical healing water. Together with his sick niece, they travel to a small town in Mississippi to uncover a legend.  There, they go to a circus and encounter a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass tank. They are further amazed when the mermaid appears before them as a young woman with legs.


Drayton, who stars in the titular role said in previous interviews that she's hugely fascinated with mermaids.  Moseley who has visited the Philippines previously said in local interviews that the movie didn't have the same budget as Disney's but that it's also a film with a lot of heart.


A very different "The Little Mermaid" splashes in Philippine cinemas nationwide on August 8 from Axinite Digicinema.  

Kristine Hermosa Takes on First Kontrabida Role in “Bagani”


Viewers of "Bagani" can look forward to more exciting scenes now that Malaya, a goddess played by Kristine Hermosa, has shown her true colors and is poised to become the Baganis' next foe.


Malaya's true colors finally showed when she swore to avenge the defeat of her son, Sarimaw (Ryan Eigenmann), at the hands of the Baganis.


Kristine's first kontrabida character, Malaya first seemed like an ally to Lakas (Enrique Gil) and Ganda (Liza Soberano) when she helped them get out of Dako Pa Roon. However, Lakas was told that not all is what it seems when it comes to the goddess.


The people of Sansinukob are also discovering the trail of bodies that she and Gaki (Justin Cuyugan) laid to waste in their journey through the land.


Is Malaya the creature being talked about who will destroy Sansinukob? Are Lakas, Ganda, Lakam (Matteo Guidicelli), Dumakulem (Makisig Morales), and Liksi (Zaijian Jaranilla) strong enough to fight the most powerful goddess in Sansinukob?


Don't miss any of the action of "Bagani," every night after "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." 


For more updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

ABS-CBN Digital Media Head Elaine Uy-Casipit Represents the Philippines in Media Innovation Forum in Singapore

ABS-CBN's OIC-head of digital media division Elaine Uy-Casipit was recently invited as a panelist in Singapore's Media Innovation Forum, where she shared her expertise in a session on the video streaming landscape and the future of the video industry in the Philippines.


The forum, organized by Alpha Global Network, was attended by the region's senior media executives and brought together influential industry leaders who shared their insights on changing media trends. 


Sitting alongside counterparts from streaming subscription service GenFlix and Orange TV, and Oona Platform, the so-called YouTube of TV, Uy-Casipit talked about the expansion of ABS-CBN's digital business and its path to digital transformation, how the network creates unique user experiences, and its most successful digital projects.


As the recently appointed head of One OTT (Over-The-Top) – ABS-CBN's new division that was formed to respond to the market's growing need for streamable entertainment – Uy-Casipit supervises the growth and expansion of ABS-CBN's streaming platform iWant TV by collaborating with the best content creators and OTT providers worldwide. She also oversees continuous product innovations and delivery, business development and operations, and content management.


"We've certainly come a long way since we launched iWant TV in 2011. We now have over eight million subscribers who rely on us for quality entertainment, and we want that number to grow as we grow. We are forging ahead with our transition into an agile digital company, and we know that we'll be able to offer so much more: more meaningful products and campaigns, more collaborative ecosystems, more seamless and integrated OTT experiences," she said.


Uy-Casipit, who was named a Young Market Master awardee by Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. in 2016, played an integral role in the continuous growth of the company's digital business. She led the group that helped the company consistently produce award-winning digital campaigns such as "Aral ng EDSA," #McDoBonFries, the "Pinoy Big Brother" Online Bahay ni Kuya, the "One for Pacman" campaign, #PopeTYSM Book of Thanks, OTWOLista.com, among many others.


She also spearheaded the launch of various digital products and businesses, including the company's fully operational social media command center, the ABS-CBN lifestyle and sports hubs, Choose Philippines Awards, Push Awards, and the music portal One Music PH.




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