January 7, 2017

Actor Christian Vasquez Busted for Possessing Drugs

ABS-CBN's hit legal drama "Ipaglaban Mo" tackles the story of a family man who is busted for supposedly selling and delivering drugs this Saturday (January 7).

In this timely episode, Julio (Christian Vasquez) is caught for possessing a substantial amount of drugs after ten police officers raided his house in the presence of his wife and children. Out of fear from the police, he signs the papers declaring that he owns the said illegal drugs. He, however, takes the battle to court afterwards, knowing that he is innocent and what the police did to him was wrong.

Will Julio be able to prove that he is not guilty of the crime?

Don't miss the "Busted" episode of "Ipaglaban Mo," directed by Roderick Lindayag this Saturday (January 7) after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. For more updates follow the show's social media accounts www.Twitter.com/IpaglabanMoCh2, www.Instagram.com/IpaglabanmoABSCBN, and www.Facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

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THE GREATEST LOVE Sets Online World Ablaze with Sylvia Sanchez' Intense Confrontation with Her Children

The online world was set ablaze as netizens witnessed the intense confrontation of Gloria and her children in ABS-CBN series "The Greatest Love," which landed a spot on the list of trending topics on Twitter last Thursday (Jan 5).

The episode's official hashtag #TGLBloodWar garnered thousands of tweets from netizens, who shared their reactions and praised the cast.

"This scene is crazy! This is truly explosive," said @SuperRayveeGaga.

@JetMonticello shared, "Their acting was so heavy! They are all so good."

Even TFC subscriber @tracy_erickson expressed how excited he was for the episode. "I can't wait to watch #TGLBloodWar. This show keeps my TFC subscription alive," he quipped.

Aside from netizens, viewers nationwide also showed their support for the Kapamilya series as it scored a national TV rating of 17% last Thursday versus "Sa Piling ni Nanay's" 12.6%.

Meanwhile, this Monday (Jan 9), Gloria is set to face another chapter of her life as she is about to reveal to her children that her days are already numbered.

Will Gloria be able to put her family back together before it is too late? Will they be able to forgive each other?

Don't miss the extraordinary story of a woman's unconditional, uncompromising, all-encompassing love for her children in "The Greatest Love" after "Doble Kara" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, likewww.facebook.com/thegreatestlovetv. Catch on the program's past episodes via iWant TV or via skyondemand.com.phfor Sky subscribers.

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January 5, 2017

Tito Sotto Files Senate Resolution Against Indie Films' Inclusion to MMFF

Former comedian and now Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III has filed a Senate resolution creating a separate film festival for independent films as against the annual Christmas film festival or better known as the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which should feature only high quality, child-friendly standard of films.

Watch Your Fave Kapamilya Child Stars Transform into Music Icons in YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR KIDS

A new face of cuteness is set to conquer TV as the cutest celebrity kids undergo cute transformations in "Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids," which starts on January 7 (Saturday) on ABS-CBN.
Led by Billy Crawfowrd, the show will feature eight of ABS-CBN's brightest and most talented child stars as they give out spectacular performances and transform into local and international music icons.
Watch out for the weekly transformations of "Dance Sweetheart" AC Bonifacio, "Bibong Child Wonder" Alonzo Muhlach, "Breakout Child Star" Awra Briguela, "Big Shot Belter" Elha Nympha, "Musikerong Charmer" Justin Alva, "Young Diva ng Masa" Lyca Gairanod, "Talented Cutie" Sam Shoaf, and "Daytime Princess" Xia Vigor.
Adding fun and excitement to this season are jurors Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and Multiplatinum Singer and Songwriter Ogie Alcasid.
Just like in the past seasons, the celerity kids will perform weekly without elimination and will undergo acting, dance, and vocal training with full make-up transformation to closely match the look of the icon they will impersonate.
In every episode, the celebrity kid who will get the most number of points will take home the cash prize, half of which will be given to their chosen charity.
For two seasons, "Your Face Sounds Familiar" captured viewers with its unique and entertaining content. Named as grand winners were Melai Cantiveros in season one and Denise Laurel in season two.
Don't miss the premiere of "Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids" on January 7 on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For program updates, like www.facebook.com/yourfaceph, or follow @YourFacePH on Twitter and Instagram.
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MMFF 2016 Box Office Official Rankings: Die Beautiful, Seklusyon, VKJ and Saving Sally

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016 executive committee has released the official rankings of the eight entries in terms of box-office gross showing Die Beautiful ruling the Metro Manila theaters while Vince & Kath & James dominating provincial ticket sales.

Provincial theaters

1. "Vince & Kath & James"
2. "Seklusyon"
3. "Die Beautiful"
4. "Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2"
5. "Saving Sally"
6. "Sunday Beauty Queen"
7. "Oro"
8. "Kabisera"

Metro Manila theaters

1. "Die Beautiful"
2. "Seklusyon"
3. "Vince & Kath and James"
4. "Saving Sally"
5. "Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2"
6. "Sunday Beauty Queen"
7. "Oro"
8. "Kabisera"

However, the official figures - for both Metro Manila and provincial theaters - were not released by the filmfest's executive committee.

The eight entries are still currently screening in selected cinemas, as per the request of the MMFF executive committee. It has been given the approval of theater owners to remain in cinemas until Saturday, January 7.

SUPER PARENTAL GUARDIANS Breaks Box-Office Records with P600-M Gross Earnings

Vice Ganda and Coco Martin's second movie team-up entitled "The Super Parental Guardians," continues to rule the box office with nearly P590.1 million in ticket sales as of January 3 according to a report released by Star Cinema.

The movie currently holds the title of the highest grossing local film of all time, trailed only by another Vice Ganda effort, the 2015 smash hit "Beauty and the Bestie."

It also scored the biggest opening day gross for a Filipino film with P75 million, and was the only film last year to cross the P500 million threshold.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, the movie also features performances from child actors Awra Briguela and Simon "Onyok" Pineda. The movie is now in its 5th week in cinemas nationwide.

VINCE & KATH & JAMES Rakes P100-M Box-Office Gross

"Vince & Kath & James," Star Cinema's entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), has earned more than P100 million as of January 3.

Starring Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, and Ronnie Alonte, the romantic comedy was the top-grossing entry in provincial theaters since the filmfest began last Christmas day, according to the MMFF executive committee. It is also the third-highest earner based on Metro Manila ticket sales.

"Vince & Kath & James" centers on the three title characters and how their love triangle develops and tangles through text messaging and social media. It has received fairly positive reviews from local critics, with some comparing Garcia, who plays a shy, geeky, college student named Vince who harbors a crush on Kath, to veteran actor John Lloyd Cruz.

Under the direction of  Theodore Boborl, "Vince & Kath & James," is still showing in theaters nationwide.

January 3, 2017

Vic Sotto's Daughter Paulina Weds Jed Llanes on New Year's Day

Paulina Sotto, the youngest daughter of comedian/host Vic Sotto to Angela Luz, tied the knot with long-term boyfriend, Jed Llanes, on New Year's Day.

The couple, who got engaged February of last year, exchanged wedding vows at Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Batangas.

Present during the wedding were Vic accompanied by his wife Luna. His other children, Danica, Oyo and Vico, were also present at the event.

Danica and Oyo are Vic's kids with ex-wife Dina Bonnevie, while Vico and Paulina are his children with Coney Reyes and Angela Luz, respectively.

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January 2, 2017

SING Earns Golden Globes Best Animated Motion Picture, Original Song Nominations

Sing, the new musical comedy from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, is up for two major honors at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards happening on January 10, 2017.

The critically acclaimed and box-office smash film is vying for Best Motion Picture - Animated and Best Original Song with Stevie Wonder's "Faith."

Watch the lyric music video of "Faith" at http://youtu.be/q6MblFLHi1E.

Reacting to the double nominations, Illumination founder and Sing producer Chris Meledandri said, "From Santa Monica to Paris, the entire Illumination team is overjoyed. On behalf of my producing partner Janet Healy and our exceptionally talented writer director Garth Jennings as well as everyone at Illumination Mac Guff and our partners at Universal, I want to thank the HFPA for recognizing the work of all of the artists who created SING as well as the legend Stevie Wonder for giving us 'Faith.'"

Just like Pharrell Williams' "Happy" from Illumination's Despicable Me 2, "Faith," performed by Wonder featuring Ariana Grande, is as powerful as it is infectious. Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winning producers Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, the film's end title song is synonymous with never giving up. Tedder discusses its import: "There's an uplift and inclusion to this song that bridges generations. With Ariana's range and Stevie's vocals, 'Faith' is the perfect song to give the audience as they take the messages of Sing with them."

Sing stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal - some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family's felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster's marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn't the only thing that is in need of saving.

Opening across the Philippines on January 04, 2017, Sing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #SingMovie

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TFC Unveils Largest Filipino Content Selection And New, Improved, World-Class Viewing Experience Online

First the GOOD news: now, just armed with internet or mobile data connection, anyone can watch the most expansive selection of original Filipino television programs, movies and exclusive specials - live or on demand - anywhere, anytime, using a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or any mobile device of your choice.

The BETTER news: not only do you get to watch excellent news, entertainment and exclusive content; you get to watch these with excellent video quality, faster download speeds, and other viewer-friendly features that can help you share your account for remote group watching with friends and family, discover new content, or catch up on favorite programming on your preferred device.

The BEST news?  If you are from the following countries below, you’ll be one of the first to try the brand new TFC online experience! PLUS you can also avail of limited-time regional offers.

(EUROPE) Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Southern and Antarctic Islands, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia), Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

(MIDDLE EAST) Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and United Emirates;

(ASIA PACIFIC) Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, American Samoa, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

What is this bearer of the holiday season’s joyful news to anyone interested in Filipino content?

It is the new and improved TFC online (www.tfc.tv) from ABS-CBN, the world’s leading Filipino-owned information and entertainment multimedia conglomerate.

Today, www.TFC.tv has become the dream Filipino TV you want -- all in one place.

For those who think that TFC just offers programs from the Philippines that can be viewed online or on smart or mobile gadgets, think again! TFC online is much more than that.  Here are some exciting features to expect (Free with a Premium subscription):
  • Hundreds of new and classic Filipino movies that include the latest blockbusters and exclusive offerings like FPJ’s classic movie collection
  • Latest news from 18 different regions around the Philippines delivered in major dialects like Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Bisaya, and Chavacano.
  • All the current, most talked about shows with English Subtitles from the ABS-CBN Kapamilya Network
  • A complete library of binge-worthy teleserye classics like On the Wings of Love, Forevermore, 100 Days to Heaven, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Walang Hanggan, and many more.
  • Lifestyle content for the modern Filipino on topics like wellness, home, travel, fashion, food, such as Hollywood Newsfeed, Explore Asia, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Sandy Daza’s Food Prints, and many more.
  • Live or Archived Sports Events like the UAAP, 24 Hour Live News, PPV Boxing fights
  • Live Events and Specials like celebrity press conferences, concerts, and more
  • Offline viewing of personalized library of favorite shows using the new TFC.tv app
  • Now, customers can share their premium account with up to THREE (3) other family and friends and all watch at the same time!

Whether you are at home or on-the-go, never miss watching your favorite Filipino content on any connected device. The redesigned TFC online is your ideal viewing destination around the world for anything Filipino.

For more information about the new TFC online and our limited-time offers, visit www.TFC.tv.

Nadine Lustre Wins 2016 Most Beautiful Woman in the Philippines Title


Nadine Lustre emerged as the winner of “100 Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines for 2016” by virtue of 7,224,638 votes she received on Facebook, 95,898 votes on Twitter, 1,575,959 votes on Instagram and 74,182 votes in our online ballot during the finals which started last December 20, 2016 and ended January 1, 2017.

The “Till I Met You Star” garnered a grand total of 8,970,677 votes beating her closest rival and “2016 Covergirl of the Year” winner Kathryn Bernardo who received 8,438,477 votes. Rounding off the Top 5 are Janella Salvador (#3), Kim Chiu (#4), and Elisse Joson (#5).

This is Nadine’s first time to be hailed the “fairest in the land” and she’s only the 4th Pinay to top the poll after 11 years. Angel Locsin bagged the title 8 times, from 2006 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2015. Kim Chiu won the poll in 2011 while Dawn Zulueta ruled our 2012 edition. 


Special Awards:
The Most Beautiful on Facebook: Kathryn Bernardo
The Most Beautiful on Twitter: Nadine Lustre
The Most Beautiful on Instagram: Nadine Lustre
The Most Beautiful in Online Ballot: Kim Chiu
Best Newcomer: Elisse Joson for debuting at no. 5


Here are the final results of our Top 10 poll (tabulated 12 midnight of January 1, 2017):

Rank Finalists Facebook Twitter Instagram Online Ballot TOTAL
1 Nadine Lustre 7,224,638 95,898 1,575,959 74,182 8,970,677
2 Kathryn Bernardo 7,375,948 67,500 971,909 23,120 8,438,477
3 Janella Salvador 140,717 6,790 63,412 5,957 216,876
4 Kim Chiu 99,327 1884 3298 98416 202,925
5 Elisse Joson 117,589 7154 22074 8062 154,879
6 Angel Locsin 119,746 1,468 14,710 5,670 141,594
7 Maine Mendoza 69,233 26,684 36,806 6716 139,439
8 Liza Soberano 78373 7,858 34,620 9632 130,483
9 Lauren Reid 19,408 6,524 19,179 11149 56,260
10 Anne Curtis 9,801 1,098 4,267 4,788 19,954

December 30, 2016

Watch: ABS-CBN 2016 Yearender Special and New Year 2017 Countdown Coverage

ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current affairs, the country’s largest multimedia news organization, looks back on 2016’s biggest stories and newsmakers in “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” on Saturday (December 31) at 10:30 PM, with Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo and Atom Araullo and welcomes the new year with a special countdown coverage at 11:30pm.

The year-end special recounts the first six months of the Duterte Administration, its war on drugs that made headlines here and abroad, and the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to allow the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel will also air “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” on January 1 at 1pm, January 2 at 8pm, and on January 3, at 10:30pm.

DZMM also aired its own yearend report, “2016 Taon ng Pagbabago,” last December 29, hosted by “S.R.O.” anchors Alvin Elchico and Doris Bigornia.

After the special, the ABS-CBN News team switches to the live coverage of the New Year’s Countdown festivities in various points in the metropolis including Resorts World, Eastwood City, Luneta Park, and other areas in and around Metro Manila.

Catch the celebrations in any of the ABS-CBN News platforms including ANC, news.abs-cbn.com, DZMM TeleRadyo, and on TV Patrol Weekend on ABS-CBN as the country welcomes 2017.

Don’t miss “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” anchored by Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo and Atom Araullo on ABS-CBN this Saturday (December 31) right after “Failon Ngayon” at 10:30pm followed by ABS-CBN News’ live coverage of New Year’s Eve festivities across the country with Adrian Ayalin and Pia Gutierrez at 11:30pm with updates on ANC, DZMM Teleradyo, ABS-CBN, and news.abs-cbn.com.

How ABS-CBN Teleseryes are Called in Other Countries

As much as Filipinos watch out for the latest Asianovela hits from Korea, China, Taiwan, or Japan, foreign viewers abroad also look forward to ABS-CBN dramas from the Philippines that air on their local TV stations. No one may have coined it yet, but we can say there is also a "Filipinovela" craze among non-Filipino viewers who are big fans of our local teleseryes.
If Korea has its Lee Min Ho, the Philippines has Jericho Rosales, whose dramas such as "Pangako Sa 'Yo" and "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" are among the most sold worldwide.  Ever wondered how ABS-CBN dramas such as "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Tubig at Langis," "Dugong Buhay," "Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon" and "Lobo" are called in foreign countries?
Check them out in the video below:

ABS-CBN dramas are distributed in different parts of the world through the company's international syndication business led by ABS-CBN International Distribution.
ABS-CBN International Distribution has been 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.
For more information, visit ABS-CBN International Distribution's official website at http://internationalsales.abs-cbn.com.
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Coca-Cola Pays Tribute to Those Who Brings Us the Merriest Christmas - Our #TagaHatidPasko

The holiday season is often marked with its trademark rush – people hustling through their shopping lists trying to complete it before Christmas Eve and passengers crowding bus stations, airports, and other terminals to get home in time for noche buena. But it's not the same for everyone, as every Christmas season, thousands of people work tirelessly just to make sure that everyone else can celebrate and feel the yuletide spirit.

This year, Coca-Cola paid tribute to people more popularly known as "Tagahatid Pasko", highlighting how their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice has made it possible for everyone to have the merriest celebrations this season. All throughout December, the Company gave gifts and surprises to over 15,000 Tagahatid Pasko around the country as their way of thanking the various unsung heroes of Christmas who tirelessly work to bring a merry season for everyone else.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, several Tagahatid Pasko were surprised by Christmas carolers and associates with ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola at their workplaces. Over 15,000 Santa packs filled with food items and special gifts greeted the unsung heroes of Christmas who were still in their workplaces.

"This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the people who help us make Christmas happen in our own homes – be it the grocery clerk who makes sure the shelves are well-stocked, or the gift-wrapping teams who work until midnight at department stores, or the toll booth operator who works overtime just so everyone can come home in time for Christmas. To all of you, thank you!" said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

One of the Tagahatid Pasko is Carla Dominique Diego, who works in the gift-wrapping section of a leading department store. Since the onset of the Christmas season, she has been working longer hours in order to accommodate all the customers. "Pag Christmas season, napakarami po talagang nagpapagift-wrap. Nakakalungkot lang isipin na hindi ko man lang naaasikaso yung mga regalo para sa family ko dahil busy ako sa pagbabalot ng mga regalo ng ibang tao," she said. 


Wait staff are also one of those who tirelessly work overtime during the Christmas season to allow others to celebrate the festivities with their loved-ones and friends. Jerico Gonzales, who works the night-shift at a restaurant, says that the holiday rush makes its more challenging for them. "May mga guests akona bumabalik-balik, at naiisip koang saya nilasana ganyandin nararanasan ko ngayonPaskong-pasko, di ko manlangnakakasama ang pamilya ko," he said.

24-year-old Red Cross volunteer and Tagahatid Pasko Brenda Paule recalls joining her team in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda to bring the spirit of Christmas to typhoon survivors and other relief workers.

"Sharing the joy of Christmas is more than gifts; it's about being there for others. There is no joy like seeing the smile on the face of others because of something that you have done. And that for me is the priceless reward of what we do," a misty-eyed Paule said.

For the past four years, Paule has spent her noche buena in the streets, ready to respond to any untoward incident that may arise.

The Coca-Cola Christmas campaign did not stop with giving out Santa sacks, celebrities also joined the celebration by being this year's Tagahatid Pasko during the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Parade by giving out ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola. While a Christmas Concert, top-billed by the country's best musicians and most popular love-teams, together with Coca-Cola Ambassadors James Reid, Nadine LustreEnchong Dee, Ylona Garcia and Bailey May, serenaded and performed for over 300 unsung heroes of Christmas from partner companies earlier this month.

Together with Coca-Cola in thanking all our TagahatidPasko this year are partner organizations Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Rotary Club Philippines, Shakey's Pizza, McDonald's, Grab, iFlix, Robinsons Mall, Jollibee, Zomato, 5by20 Women Artisans of Tondo, 7-Eleven, Shell, Select, Mini Stop, Metro Manila Development Authority, Djarn Manpower, Sentinel, Tropical Hut Pasay City, the Philippine National Police, and VXI.

To see how Coca-Cola paid tribute to our #TagaHatidPasko, check out the video https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPhilippines/videos/1254441844601851/ on their official Facebook page. 

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December 29, 2016

(Full List) MMFF 2016 Awards Winners


Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Actress: Irma Adlawan (Oro)
Best Actor: Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
Best Supporting Actress: Phoebe Walker (Seklusyon)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
Best Director: Erik Matti (Seklusyon)
Best Screenplay: Seklusyon
Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Cinematography: Seklusyon
Best Production Design: Seklusyon
Best Original Theme Song: Dominus Miserere (Seklusyon)
Best Musical Score: Saving Sally
Best Design: Seklusyon
Children's Choice: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen and Vince, Kath and James
People's Choice: Die Beautiful
Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
Best Ensemble Cast: Oro
Best Float: Die Beautiful

FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Oro
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen


Best Short Film: EJK by Bor Ocampo
Best Short Film Director: Jarell Detention (Mga Bituin sa Siyudad)
Best Short Film Screenplay: Mitatang
Short Film Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream by Roque Lee and Blair Camilo

Female Star of the Night: Rhian Ramos
Male Star of the Night: Ronnie Alonte

December 27, 2016

Star Cinema's Unusual Kind of Love Triangle: Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto and Ronnie Alonte

This Christmas, get kilig, learn life lessons, and understand millennials better with Star Cinema’s MMFF 2016 entry, Vince and Kath and James.


Theirs is a relatively fresh-faced love triangle, with Julia Barretto in her first rom com role and starring with two up and coming actors, Joshua Garcia and Ronnie Alonte. 

This Christmas, Star Cinema comes out with its romantic comedy Vince and Kath and James or VKJ, which is also an entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival directed by Theodore Boborol. The film is based on Vince and Kath (James character was added in the film version), an online series written by Jenny Ruth Almocera. “Nabuo ‘yung kwento through text messages. When you read the book, it’s just literally text messages. So with the movie, we’re going to bring it to life, as well as the characters,” explains Julia Barretto who plays the female lead, Kath.

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(Trailer) EXTRA SERVICE Jessy Mendiola, Arci Munoz and Coleen Garcia

Star Cinema and Skylight Films officially unveiled the full trailer of its 2017 opening salvo entitled “Extra Service.”

This comedy movie stars Coleen Garcia, Arci Munoz and Jessy Mendiola. Joining them are Enzo Pineda, Ejay Falcon, Vin Abrenica, and Carmi Martin.

Watch "Extra Service" full trailer below: 

Directed by Chris Martinez, "Extra Service" opens in cinemas on January 11, 2017.

Matthew McConaughey Bursts with Optimism as Koala Showman in SING

Oscar Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of the optimistic koala Buster Moon who is determined to save his struggling theater despite dwindling audiences, in Universal Pictures and Illumination's Sing.

While anyone else would have faced reality and switched careers, Buster has an unrelenting drive to succeed, by any means necessary. Well-intentioned, he does have a habit of stretching the truth, which usually widens the hole into which he's digging himself. Nonetheless, he has an irresistible charm because his passion and optimism are utterly contagious.

For the role of Buster Moon, director Garth Jennings found one name immediately came to mind: Matthew McConaughey, whose career has spanned roles ranging from the deeply dramatic Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club to the absurdly humorous Dazed and Confused. "Matthew realized quite quickly that in order for his character to work, his optimism had to be infectious," Jennings states. "He had a way of making Buster incredibly endearing and incredibly relatable."

"At the very beginning of the movie, you meet Buster Moon as a six-year-old koala," Jennings discusses. "He is taken to the theater for the first time by his father, and it completely blows his mind. This experience has a transformative effect, and he grows up desperate to be part of the theater world. We then meet present-day Buster, and he owns the theater that he fell in love with." 

As Jennings and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri developed and shaped the character of Buster Moon, each inevitably found himself inspired by this showman who—through sheer force of will—was attempting to accomplish the nearly impossible. Armed solely with a singular passion to imagine and execute an event that would truly connect with audiences, young and old, Buster is the ultimate creator. 

Sing stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. 

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family's felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. 

Each arrives under Buster's marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn't the only thing that is in need of saving.

Opening across the Philippines on January 04, 2017, Sing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #SingMovie

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Zoe Zaldana Captures the Heart of Ben Affleck in LIVE BY NIGHT

Known to global audiences as Gamora and Uhura in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek franchises, respectively, Zoe Saldana now portrays the exotic Graciela in Warner Bros. Pictures' new gangster film Live by Night.

Directed by Ben Affleck, Live by Night tells the story of Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a WWI vet who's a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe's not all bad, though; in fact, he's not really bad enough for the life he's chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again - in business and in love.

Joe signs on with the Italian mob and is dispatched to Tampa, Florida where he almost immediately encounters Graciela. He is instantly intrigued, even more so when he learns that she and her brother control something integral to the success of the rum business: molasses.

Saldana's Graciela is a Cuban living in Ybor, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial community of hardworking immigrants, known for the production of cigars. "Joe's been working with barbaric, violent criminals his whole life, so there's an integrity to the people, Graciela's people, that Joe finds appealing," she suggests. "And Graciela is unlike other women he's known. She's educated, she's traveled and studied music and art. She's very cultured and also very smart when it comes to her family's business."

Perhaps what sets Graciela apart from the women in Joe's past is what she really wants out of life. "I don't think Graciela woke up in Cuba and said to herself, 'I want to date gangsters, I want to live on the dark side,'" Saldana adds. "I think she wants a full life with a good man, a home, children. The more time she spends with Joe, the more she realizes that she could have all that with this man. She sees who he really is, who he could be, if he could wash away all the bad that he does at night by doing good during the day. She sees his redemption."

Affleck states, "Zoe was amazing. She was able to convey all the strength and confidence and elusiveness of the character that draw Joe in, but it's Graciela's expectations of him that give him something to strive for, which Zoe played so quietly yet powerfully."

Producer Jennifer Todd concurs, "We were lucky to get Zoe because she has all these beautiful qualities, a lightness and grace, that suit Graciela so well, and she already speaks Spanish, but she applied an exquisite Cuban accent to her dialogue."

Opening across the Philippines on January 18, 2017, Live By Night is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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December 26, 2016

Daniel Padilla Named 2016 Cover Guy of the Year

Just days after his on and off screen partner Kathryn Bernardo snatched back her Cover Girl of the Year title from Maine Mendoza, Daniel Padilla followed suit and won this year's "Cover Guy of the Year" title.

The King of Hearts topped all social media platforms, garnering 1,450,363 votes on Facebook, 36,330 nods on Twitter, and 190,085 likes on Instagram with a total of 1,676,778 votes.

Meanwhile, the "Till I Met You" star and this year's "Sexiest Man of the Year" winner - James Reid - settled for second place with a total of 1,186,507 votes.

Rounding off the Top 5 spots are Tommy Esguerra (#3 with 193,781 votes), Alden Richards (#4 with 101,979 votes), and Enrique Gil (#5 with 35,499 votes).




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