Thursday, November 8, 2018

Meet the Regents of “The Four Realms” in “ The Nutcracker”

The filmmakers behind Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Fourth Realm" relished the idea of reinventing a time-honored story. 

 

Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and "The Nutcracker," "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" showcases the wondrous journey of Clara, who finds herself in the mystical world of the Four Realms, home to a host of eccentric characters and no shortage of surprises.  

 

Foremost of these characters are the Regents of the Four Realms -- the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, Hawthorne and Shiver.  Let's get to know them better!

 

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY is the beloved regent of the Land of Sweets, the yummiest of the realms with its gingerbread architecture and gum drop décor. Elegant, ethereal and naturally sweet, Sugar Plum wears a gown that sparkles like crystalized sugar. She welcomes Clara to the Four Realms with open arms, declaring her the guest of honor at an extravagant pageant. Clara's mother, Marie, was once Sugar Plum's dearest friend, so Clara is family.

 

"Sugar Plum is the personification of femininity," says Keira Knightley, who portrays the character. "I like to do a lot of research, so I started with the actual music of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which led to her laugh. I later found her high-pitched, girly voice that has two sides to it: pristine femininity and at the same time, quite assertive." 

 

MOTHER GINGER, leader of the dark and ominous Fourth Realm, is feared by all who inhabit the other realms. She once presided over the beloved Land of Amusements, a place of wisdom and entertainment, but a fierce dispute among the regents led to her banishment and her realm became a forgotten fairground with an abandoned carousel and wayward polichinelles. Mother Ginger sports fiery red hair and a face that's chipped and cracked like a broken doll, a look that surely underscores her reputation as an evil tyrant.

 

Helen Mirren fills Mother Ginger's shoes. "She is a very wise character - she has great insight," says Hallström. "Helen Mirren has the authority and intelligence to play a character like that. She's so smart and she's funny."

 

HAWTHORNE is the emotional and flamboyant regent of Land of Flowers, a fragrant and colorful realm with windmills, emerald foliage and blooms abound. Always smiling and filled with enthusiasm, Hawthorne heartily embraces celebration and pageantry. But he tends to shy away from conflict and often finds himself overshadowed by his fellow regents. He worries about the instability that threatens the realms - though he's quick to set his concerns aside when Clara arrives. In fact, Hawthorne is the first to react - bursting with unbridled excitement, much to the chagrin of the more reserved Shiver and Sugar Plum. 

 

According to Eugenio Derbez, who plays Hawthorne, the look of the character leaves no mystery as to which realm he oversees. "I'm like a walking bouquet," says Derbez. "I'm covered in flowers! It took two hours in the makeup chair each day to complete the look because they had to strategically place a lot of small detailed flowers on my face.

 

SHIVER is the regent of Land of Snowflakes, a stunning winter wonderland with ice castles and alpine villages set against a white-peaked mountain backdrop. Shiver is a well-mannered gentleman who's concerned with the future of the realms and nervous to a fault, Shiver wrings his hands with angst and uncertainty. He might come off as serious and unengaging - some would say cold - but Shiver is quite friendly underneath all of that frost. 

 

Richard E. Grant was called on to portray Shiver. "I have snowflakes all over my face," says Grant. "My beard is made of icicles, I have a 19th-century wig with icicles coming out of my head, and my fingernails are very long icicles, too. Jenny Beavan's extraordinary costume design, combined with Jenny Shircore's brilliant icicle make-up and wig design, instantly conjured up a severe looking, Arctic regent, obsessed with preserving his snowy realm from being changed or destroyed by evil forces. Shiver is willing to risk everything to support and protect Clara."

 

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

 

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #DisneysNutcracker

 

 

About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"

 

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale.


ABS-CBN Remains as the Most Watched Network in October 2018

More viewers nationwide turned to ABS-CBN for value-laden and relevant news stories as it scored an average audience share of 44%, or 13 points higher than GMA's 31%, according to data from Kantar Media.


ABS-CBN ruled both in urban and rural homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it recorded an average audience share of 42%, compared to GMA's 25%. It also won in Mega Manila with 36%, beating GMA's 33%.


The Kapamilya network also kept its strong viewership in Total Luzon with an average audience share of 39% versus GMA's 34%; in Total Visayas with 53%, compared to 24% of GMA; and in Total Mindanao with 53%, while GMA only got 25%.


Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.


Nine out of ten most watched programs were produced by ABS-CBN, led by "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (43.6%) and followed by "TV Patrol" (32.2%).


Also in the top ten were "Ngayon at Kailanman" (29.4%), "The Kids' Choice" (25.6%), "Wansapantaym" (23.5%), "Home Sweetie Home" (22.6%), "Meteor Garden" (22.5%), "Halik" (22.1%), and "MMK 25" (21.8%).


Meanwhile apart from raking high TV ratings every night, primetime teleserye "Halik" is also a hit online as it garnered over 3.6 million weekly views on iWant TV and a consistent trending topic on social media.


The Kapamilya network also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6PM-12MN) where it scored an average audience share of 48%, or 17-points higher than GMA's 31%. The primetime block is the most important time of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investments in to reach more consumers effectively.


ABS-CBN also triumphed over its rival network in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 36% versus GMA's 28%; in the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 43%, compared to GMA's 32%' and in the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 44%, winning over GMA's 33%.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Regine Velasquez' ASAP and GGV Guestings Lead the Ratings Game for 2 Consecutive Weekends


Regine Velasquez reigned for a second Sunday with her debut appearances in ABS-CBN shows as a certified Kapamilya, according to the nationwide ratings data of Kantar Media.

On November 4, Velasquez was seen by fans in three programs - the musical variety show “ASAP,” which aired the second part of its Sydney special; the TV magazine “Rated K”; and “Gandang Gabi Vice,” which featured the continuation of the singer’s fun-filled interview.

Replicating its win last week, “ASAP Live in Sydney” was the top program in its time slot, with a nationwide rating of 13.8%, ahead of the 9.1% share of its competing show.
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Despite airing late night, “Gandang Gabi Vice” managed a national TV rating of 7.3% — higher than its rival program’s 5.7%. “Rated K,” meanwhile, scored 16.6%, ranking it seventh overall as the most watched TV show in the country on Sunday.
Kantar Media

 


On social media, the three Kapamilya programs visited by Velasquez similarly made a splash, with each of the episode’s hashtags ranking among top trends on Twitter. At one point, three hashtags related to Velasquez ranked in that list simultaneously.

 


Velasquez is gearing up for several new programs as a newly minted Kapamilya in the coming months.

On top of her regular “ASAP” stint, she will have her own musical sitcom co-starring her husband, music veteran Ogie Alcasid; and will be one of the judges in the singing competition “Search for the Idol Philippines.”

Netflix Rings in the Holiday Celebrations with "The Christmas Chronicles"



The Christmas Chronicles a holiday adventure from producer Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone") and director Clay Kaytis ("The Angry Birds Movie"), tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa - as you've never seen him before - and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it's too late.

Director Clay Kaytis: "No one is better suited than Kurt Russell to bring our version of a rugged, charismatic, and hilarious Santa Claus to life. From our first meeting, he completely threw himself into this iconic role - and grew an impressive beard in the process. It has been a dream come true to work with Kurt in creating what I believe will be the new definition of Santa Claus for generations to come."

Producer Chris Columbus: “Kurt is the definitive Santa Claus. Charismatic, tough when needed with a wicked sense of humor. We’re really excited for audiences to see his performance onscreen and hope The Christmas Chronicles becomes a timeless classic.”

The Christmas Chronicles will launch globally on Netflix November 22.

Carlo Aqino Joins Girlfriend Angelica Panganiban in "PlayHouse"


Mornings will be filled with more love and kilig as Kapamilya actor Carlo Aquino joins the cast of ABS-CBN morning series “PlayHouse.”

Carlo plays Harold, a doctor who first encountered Patty (Angelica Panganiban) when he saw her crying in the rain after her breakup with Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo).

Harold and Patty’s second meeting, however, was not as pleasant as the first one as he mistakenly entered the room where she, who was only wearing a hospital gown, was set to have a check-up with an obstetrician-gynecologist. However, the unintentional mistake will bolster Harold's interest in Patty and will compel him to go out of his way to know her even more.

While a new man has entered her life, Patty’s relationship with Marlon might get another chance because of the possibility that she is pregnant with his child. It will be a grand celebration for their loved ones, who have been wishing for them to finally get back together.

Will Patty’s possible pregnancy finally lead to her reconciliation with Marlon? What role will Harold play in their lives?

Don’t miss the morning fun in “PlayHouse” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Elsa Droga and Brother Raprap Named “The Kid’s Choice” Celebrity Grand Winner


Elsa Droga and her brother Raprap were named as the first-ever “The Kid’s Choice” celebrity grand winner as they wowed the kiddie judges and viewers with their entertaining dance exhibitions last Sunday (November 4).

The tandem’s creative dance tricks were a hit among audiences nationwide as they bagged 69.53% of the total text votes. They also took home P500,000 as cash prize.

Elsa, who rose to popularity when she joined “It’s Showtime’s” “Miss Q and A” pageant, and Raprap initially failed to qualify for the grand finals but got their second chance after reentering the competition as a wildcard contender.

Because of ‘The Kids’ Choice’ we are given the chance to renovate our house. (This is for) my mother, my family, and the people who believed in us. This will also add capital to my mom’s business,” thankful Elsa said.

Meanwhile last Saturday (November 3), Santos family were also hailed as champion with their death-defying stunts and dance routine. They got 26.92% of the total text votes and brought home P500,000 as cash prize.

The back-to-back finale last weekend won in national TV ratings as the show hit 24.8% last Saturday versus “Daddy’s Gurl” (18.4%), according to data from Kantar Media. Viewers also tuned in last Sunday as it recorded 26.8%, compared to “Studio 7” (16.5%).

Hosted by Robi Domingo and Eric Nicolas, “The Kids’ Choice” is led by the “The Just Kids League” namely Xia Vigor, Chunsa Jung, Jayden Villegas, Carlo Mendoza, and Onyok Pineda, who judge the family contenders.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Power Up Your Snack Time with VITASOY, Hongkong’s Favorite Healthy Soy Milk



From working the entire day, to doing groceries, and even making time for gym workouts or hanging out with friends, living a hectic and active lifestyle may take a toll on your stamina.

Vitasoy-Universal Robina Corporation (VURC) offers Hongkong's well-loved soy milk drink to suit everyone's on-the-go lifestyle.

The nutritious answer to consumers' snack time needs, Vitasoy Classic is a great-tasting beverage made from high-quality soybeans that are free from cholesterol and genetically-modified organisms (GMO). It is packed with the right nutrients and protein to power you through your hectic daily schedule.

Vitasoy Classic is low in saturated fat, making it an ideal refreshment choice for fitness and wellness enthusiasts who want a healthy drink to accompany their diets. It is also lactose-free and packed with Protein.

Whether you're craving for a quick snack in the morning or looking for a tasty treat in the mid-afternoon, be sure to power up your break time with a bottle of Vitasoy Classic.




Vitasoy Classic comes in an easy-to-carry 330ml bottle that's convenient to bring during your snack breaks. This tasty drink is available in three delicious flavors – Original, Chocolate, and Coffee; and is available at convenient stores and all leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide.

Get the latest from Vitasoy by following its Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VitasoyPH/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vitasoyph/) accounts; and Universal Robina Corporation's (URC) website at www2.urc.com.ph.

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