April 30, 2019

Charo Santos-Concio Receives FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Multi-awarded actress and film producer and ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos Concio was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 67th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards on Sunday (April 28) for her contributions to Philippine cinema.

FAMAS recognized Charo and female Filipino directors Laurice Guillen and Marilou Diaz-Abaya for "breaking glass ceilings and developing Philippine cinema to where it is today."

In a statement by FAMAS, Jury Head and multi-awarded screenwriter Ricky Lee said the winners "pushed Filipino cinema forward, not only through their efforts in front and behind the cameras, but through their dedication to create new platforms that would usher and nurture a new generation of Filipino filmmakers."

Through her Instagram account, Charo thanked one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies for film in the Philippines for her newest accolade. "Thank you for appreciating my craft. I hope to be able to contribute more to the industry the best way I can. Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino!" she said.

Charo entered the film industry as a production assistant, getting her breakthrough acting role in Lino Brocka's "Itim" and going on to star and win recognitions in films like "Tisoy," "Kisapmata," "Kakabakaba ka ba?" "Gumapang Ka sa Lusak," "Hindi Mo Ako Kaya Tapakan," and recently in "Ang Babaeng Humayo," which won her a Best Actress nomination at the prestigious Asian Film Festival Awards in 2017.

Aside from acclaimed on-screen portrayals, she was also part of iconic films such as "Himala," "Oro Plata Mata," and "Kisapmata" as producer.

Charo was also cited for championing the restoration and preservation of classic Filipino films with the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project. She was also previously the president and CEO of ABS-CBN, the country's leading entertainment and media company.

April 28, 2019

The 25th James Bond Movie Set to Start Principal Photography

James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today confirmed the start of principal photography on the 25th official James Bond film begins on 28 April 2019.  From Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. 


Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release the 25th James Bond feature film domestically through their United Artists Releasing banner on April 8, 2020; through Universal Pictures International and Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the UK and internationally from April 3, 2020.


Director, Cary Joji Fukunaga confirmed the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright and introduced Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.


Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica.  His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. 


The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and on location in London, Italy, Jamaica and Norway.


Wilson and Broccoli commented, "We're thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig's fifth instalment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr No and Live And Let Die were filmed."


Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns with Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, other members of the creative team are; Director of Photography Linus Sandgren, Editor Tom Cross and Elliot Graham, Production Designer Mark Tildesley, Costume Designer Suttirat Larlarb, Supervising Stunt Coordinator Olivier Schneider, 2nd Unit Stunt Coordinator Lee Morrison and Visual Effects Supervisor Charlie Noble. Returning members to the team are; 2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt, Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould and Casting Director Debbie McWilliams.


Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, was a global box office hit, opening #1 in 81 territories around the world, including the U.S., and earning $880 million at the global box office. The film broke a new all-time box office record in the UK with the biggest seven-day opening of all time at $63.8 million. Skyfall, the 23rd film in the series, earned $1.1 billion worldwide.


The start of production launch of Bond 25 was streamed live on the official James Bond channels: 007.com, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the video is now available on demand on all of these sites.



The announcement took place at GoldenEye in Jamaica, once the home of Ian Fleming where he created the James Bond character in 1952. Ian Fleming wrote 12 novels and two collections of short stories on the island. GoldenEye is owned and operated by Island Outpost, founded by Chris Blackwell who formerly owned Island Records. 

GoldenEye will not be used as a filming location for Bond 25.


James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-four films produced and the twenty-fifth about to commence principal photography. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced the past eight Bond films together, including the highly successful Skyfall and Spectre. All of the James Bond films have been made in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios or United Artists, its predecessor.


Bond 25 will distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.

MayWard Inks 2-Year Network Contract with ABS-CBN


Love team MayWard, consisting of Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, officially inked their respective two-year network contracts with ABS-CBN. 


Edward currently top-bills the recently launched fantaserye "Hiwaga Ng Kambat" which replaced "Wansapanataym." "Everybody works doubly hard on the set. You may see them tired after a long day but everything's worth it just to make our Kapamilyas happy," shared Edward.  


Maymay, who also appears on the said program, is busy taping for the Kathryn-Alden movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye." "I was very nervous on the first few days of the shoot. But I've already adjusted and have learned to be more comfortable especially, now, that I've seen how caring they can get with their colleagues," Maymay remarked. 


Present in the signing were ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak, chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, head of treasury, investor relations, business decision support & finance operations cluster 2 Rick Tan, Star Magic head Johnny Manahan, and Edward Barber's father Kevin.

Biggest Kapamilya Stars Converge this Summer in the 2019 BAS-CBN “Summer is Love” Station ID


The biggest stars from our favorite Kapamilya shows are joining forces to spread good vibes and brighten up the season as they dance to the country's new summer anthem in the 2019 ABS-CBN "Summer Is Love" Station ID.


Sing and dance along with the likes of of Coco Martin of "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," Angel Locsin of "The General's Daughter," and the cast of "Kadenang Ginto" in the premiere of the star-studded summer video this Saturday (April 27) on "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. 


"Idol Philippines" host Billy Crawford and judges Vice Ganda, James Reid, Moira Dela Torre, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid will also perform the song live tomorrow, together with "It's Showtime" family led by Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Amy Perez, and Ryan Bang.


Also featured in the video, which takes us to different sets and locations of Kapamilya programs, are the "ASAP Natin 'To" family of Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Sarah Geronimo, Edward Barber, Donny Pangilinan, Robi Domingo, TNT Boys Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion, Janine Berdin, Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan, Morissette, and Boyband PH Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Tristan Ramirez, Russell Reyes, and Ford Valencia; "World of Dance" host Pia Wurtzbach with judges Gary Valenciano, Maja Salvador, and Billy Crawford; and "Minute to Win It" host Luis Manzano with Negi.


Joining them are the cast of "Los Bastardos" led by Jake Cuenca, Albie Casino, Joseph Marco, Joshua Colet, Marco Gumabao, Jane Oineza, Gloria Diaz, and Ronaldo Valdez; Paulo Avelino, Arjo Atayde, JC De Vera, Ryza Cenon, Cholo Baretto, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Tirso Cruz III, Janice De Belen, Albert Martinez, and Maricel Soriano from "The General's Daughter;" Sophia Reola and RK Bagatsing of "Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit;" and Dimples Romana, Beauty Gonzalez, Adrian Alandy, Francine Diaz, Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, and Seth Fedelin of "Kadenang Ginto."


The stars of the new afternoon teleserye "Mea Culpa Sino Ang May Sala" Bela Padilla, Tony Labrusca, Kit Thompson, Ketchup Eusebio,  Sandino Martin, Ivana Alawi, and Jodi Sta. Maria will also show their dance moves, same as Atty. Jose Sison of "Ipaglaban Mo," and Yassi Pressman, Empoy Marquez, Bassilyo, and Smugglaz of "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," who were with Coco in Japan.


Getting in on the fun are "Magandang Buhay" hosts Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco, "Tonight with Boy Abunda" host Boy Abunda, the kiddie comedians of "Goin' Bulilit," and their older counterparts in "Banana Sundae" led by Angelica Panganiban, John Prats, Jason Gainza, Jobert Austria, and Pooh.


Not to be left behind in the newest dance craze are "PBB Otso" Teen Batch 1 Big Four Lie Reposposa, Kaori Oinuma, Karina Bautista, and Jelay Pilones, and the "PBB Otso" Adult Big Four Yamyam Gucong, Fumiya Sankai, Andre Brouilette, and Lou Yanong.


Following ABS-CBN's hit Christmas campaigns "Just Love" and "Family is Love," this year's summer theme also bears a message of love, emphasizing how life is more meaningful and fun when shared with loved ones like family and friends, whether in good or bad times.


The "Summer is Love" station ID is produced by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management division. Words were composed by Robert Labayen and Lloyd Oliver Corpuz with music and additional rap lyrics by Yumi Lacsamana and Thyro Alfaro. The "Summer is Love" dance, meanwhile, was choreographed by Edsel Misenas and the Autonomicass Crew.


Don't miss the live performance and premiere of the 2019 ABS-CBN "Summer Is Love" Summer Station ID this Saturday (April 27) on "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. It can also be watched on the ABS-CBN Entertainment YouTube channel. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit abscbnpr.com

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” Cast Invites Pinoy Fans to Watch the Movie on May 9


Kumusta, Philippines! Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton invite Filipino fans to watch "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" in a new video released by Warner Bros. Pictures. 


Check out the greeting below and watch "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" in Philippine cinemas May 09.


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/vl.360675458026455/385621632163136/?type=1 


YouTube:  https://youtu.be/L76WELL8i9k 


"POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. 




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