Saturday, December 29, 2012


From Oscar winning filmmaker Ang Lee comes "Life of Pi," a breathtakingly beautiful story of a boy named Pi played by newcomer Suraj Sharma who is lost at sea with a Bengal tiger, following the loss of his family in a shipwreck .

Suraj Sharma who hails from India never expected a "Life of Pi" when he accompanied his brother to the movie's casting call.  Born and raised in Delhi, India and raised by mathematician parents, it seemed that from more than 3,000 hopefuls who auditioned for the role, Suraj was destined to play the role of Pi, a mathematical constant transcendental number. 

He has recently been nominated in the upcoming Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Young Actor for his role in "Life of Pi" along with other actors/actresses such as Elle Fanning ("Ginger & Rosa") and Logan Lerman ("Perks of Being a Wallflower").
The story revolves around Pi, a delightfully enthusiastic teenager who lives with his zoo-keeping family in Pondicherry, India. Inquisitive and intelligent, he explores different cultures and spiritual traditions. Pi has open-minded parents who allow him to become a free thinker, finding his own path. Due to a worsening economic climate, Pi's parents decide to emigrate to start a new life in Canada. But the ship sinks.  Eventually only Pi and the tiger are left alive on the lifeboat and the unlikely pair embarks on an Odyssey that is fraught with danger.  On the precarious lifeboat he shares with the tiger, Pi finds inner strength and becomes aware that some kind of higher power is in charge of his destiny.

The heightened emotional connections presented in the movie required exceptional performances from its cast, none more so than the neophyte thespian who would take on the titular hero.   "We searched for a young man who had the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts, and the physicality needed to embody Pi on his journey," says director Ang Lee. "During his audition, Suraj filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes. His natural ability to believe and stay in the world of the story is a rare treasure.

                "Suraj's investment in the story made us really believe that whatever challenges we faced, the film was really going to happen," adds the director.  "When we saw Suraj, we saw the movie.  Mr. Lee marvels at Suraj's innocence and efforts, noting, "We are all experienced and perhaps a little jaded.  Suraj reminded us why we want to make movies.  Every day was a miracle."

For Suraj Sharma, the experience of landing the starring role was surreal. "It was all so new for me," says Suraj. "I had never been out of India. I didn't know how to act or swim. I learned how to swim and now it's my favorite thing to do.  Shooting the film in Taiwan and meeting people from all over the world in the crew was fantastic. You get an idea of how diverse the world is. I was really inspired by everything I saw and everyone I got to know.  I wanted to give it everything I had."

Sharma also went through rigorous workouts to increase his stamina, which gave him an inner discipline and strength that enabled him to empathize with the character. "What defines Pi is his never-ending will to survive, he has a belief in the world and I think that's what sets him apart from everyone else. He survives by instinct. But he also possessed a strong sprit from the beginning, right from being a child. But Pi kept that innocence inside him and with innocence comes belief."
"Life of Pi" opens January 9 in 3D and 2D theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox thru Warner Bros.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ends the year big with a heavyweight clash of titans. Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and former champion Cain Velasquez will face each other once again in the main event of UFC 155 for the UFC Heavyweight championship. Balls Channel will air this momentous fight on Sunday (December 30) at 11:30 a.m.

Dos Santos enters with a record of 15-1 (MMA) and 9-0 (UFC) against former heavyweight champion Velasquez who stands with 10-1 (MMA) and 8-1 (UFC). The fighters' impressive records show that the battle will be an explosive one, not to be missed by any UFC fanatic.

The UFC 155 under card includes fights between Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller, Tim Boetsch and Constantinos Philippou, Alan Belcher and Yushin Okami and many more.

The exchanges of fists will be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be aired on Balls Channel (SkyCable ch. 34 / Destiny ch. 36) on Sunday (December 30) at 11:30 a.m. Always tune in to Balls and be updated with the biggest happenings in the world of sports. Balls channel is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and over 200 quality cable operators nationwide. For more updates, visit, like their official fan page on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, @ballschannel.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


For "@ANCALERTS" anchor Lexi Schulze, transitioning from lifestyle show hosting to newscasting is like adapting to the fast-changing nature of social media.

"At first I wasn't sure what to expect. Social media is moving fast, so you have just have to go with the tide of it. You can't slow down so much but you also want to go at your own pace. So that's what I'm trying to do," she said.

Lexi is the anchor of the country's first social TV newscast "@ANCALERTS" launched last June after reporting mostly on lifestyle trends in "Cityscape" both on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"Before, I would talk about food, a spa, or a new place to vacation at. Now it's a war or the Reproductive Health Bill and things that are actually happening. Now my orientation is a little more serious," she revealed.

But aside from reporting heavy news or trends online, she also finds a combination of news and lifestyle where people search for the good things.

"People always look to the positive side, whether it be Manny Pacquiao congratulating Marquez for the win, or a certain feel good story about a cat being rescued," she said.

Lexi is also aware of the potential dangers of the Internet for her seven-year old daughter. An admittedly very strict mom, she said she controls her daughter's exposure to social media because "it's like the new soiree."

"There's just too much out there and they are sponges. I'm thinking online exposure should be along the lines of teens. Every mom has a different opinion. A lot of my friends and their kids are on Facebook and they have personal accounts. But I'm sure they are monitored," she said.

Just like other celebrities, Lexi is also no stranger to online criticism, and even bashing.

"I like the fact that it gives you a reality check because not everyone out there likes you. I read comments about me, but I'm not the type who likes to lash back. There are some celebrities who like to feed these trolls by answering, so the problem becomes bigger," she said.

Keep updated with the hottest social media updates and trends by watching "@ANCALERTS," anchored by Lexi Schulze and TJ Manotoc on ANC (SkyCable Channel 27) weekdays at 4:30 p.m., follow @ANCALERTS on Twitter, or like ANC 24/7 on Facebook.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

‘Sosy Problems’: Comedy to the ‘sosiest’ level

Beginning today, Christmas Day, GMA Films will make moviegoers experience a holiday treat to the 'sosiest' level with "Sosy Problems," its official entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The movie, which stars four of GMA Network's hottest leading ladies: Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King and Rhian Ramos with Kapuso hunk actor Aljur Abrenica, is set to deliver a different kind of comedy: one that is light and "sosy."

"Sosy Problems" is anything but slapstick comedy, although one could dub it as 'lipstick comedy' in that aside from titillating the funny bones of fans of comedy films, it will surely whet the appetite of movie viewers who are interested in high life fashion.

The movie tells about four rich, famous and gorgeous ladies who have one major problem: their favorite hangout place, The Polo Club, is in danger of being demolished and its owners are planning to build a not-so-sosy mall in its place.  The ladies will join forces and combine their resources in order to bring the demolition to a halt.  They will risk everything – even their poise and composure – to send their message across.  

Directed by Andoy Ranay, "Sosy Problems" will open today, December 25, in nationwide theatres.  

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Monday, December 24, 2012


Ang 'Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs' ng bagong henerasyon na si Angeline Quinto ay sasabak na sa kanyang kauna-unahang teleserye ngayong Enero 2013. Kasado na ang higanteng romatic-comedy series ng ABS-CBN para kay Angeline na pinamagatang "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" kung saan makakatambal ng singer ang dalawa sa pinakatinitiliang heartthrobs sa bansa ngayon na sina Sam Milby at Paulo Avelino. Tampok rin sa "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" ang inaabangang pagbabalik-Kapamilya ng comedian-host na si John Lapus. Ang first teleserye ni Angeline ay sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Darnel Villaflor. Abangan ang kwentong tiyak na magpapangiti, magpapakilig, at magpapa-in love sa lahat araw-araw, "Kahit Konting Pagtingin," simula na ngayong Enero 2013 sa ABS-CBN. Para sa karagdagang updates, mag-log on sa o sundan ang abscbndotcom sa Twitter.


Hero TV leads its viewers to a new world beyond sketches and outlines seen in comic book panels as it begins the New Year with brand new animations under the theme "Amazing Panels of January".

Sketched in the "New Titles" panel are the following anime: the third season of "Yugioh! 5D" that tells the story of Yusei and his trading card game challenge in Neo Domino city begins on January 8 at 9:30 p.m. with replays at 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the fourth season of "Gintama" that tells the hilarious lives of our samurai friends begins on January 2 at 9:00 p.m. with replays at 3:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., "Legend of the Legendary Heroes" that follows the life of Ryner Lute and his search for legendary relics begins on January 12 at 11:00 a.m. with replays at 8:00 p.m. and additional timeslot starting January 27 at 7:00 a.m. and "Kamisama Dolls" that tells the supernatural story of dolls that can be controlled by the human mind begins on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. with replays at 1:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Drawn on the "Returning Titles" panel meanwhile are "Jigoku Shoujo", "Viewtiful Joe", "Shiki", "Rahxephon", "New Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002", "One Outs" and "Deltora Quest" while conquering the "Weekend Heroes" panel are the marathon features of the first season of "Yugioh GX" and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun plus other returning titles "Huntik", and "Familiar of Zero F".

Featured on Hero TV's movie arm "Hero Theatrixx" are the well-loved anime films "Superior 8 Ultraman Brothers", "Ultraman The Next", "Ultraman Mebius  and Ultraman Brothers" and "Megamonster Battle Ultra Galaxy".

Hero TV also brings back the Dino and Kakki tandem on My Hero Nation Season 2 everyday at 11:30 a.m. with replays at 8:30 p.m.

All these and more on Hero TV (SkyCable Channel 44), the number one anime channel in the Philippines. For the latest happenings and airing schedules, visit Hero TV's official website at

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Child wonder Ryza Mae Dizon joins Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva this Saturday

This Saturday (December 22), unwrap Sarap Diva's special gift for Kapuso viewers as it presents a morning of good food, engaging conversations and great music perfect for the most special day of the year – Christmas!

Join Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as she prepares a special Christmas feast for the whole family!

Danica Sotto shares her Beef Kare-Kare recipe and gives out practical tips on how to make the feast more delicious and tasty. 

Donita Rose brings in her spicy pork specialty, fresh-off her culinary school graduation. Adding up a little twist to the lively feast is the Songbird herself with her Beef Wellington dish that is surely fit for royalty. 

Pure joy comes in small package in this episode as noontime child wonder Ryza Mae Dizon teaches viewers how to do her signature cha-cha dance, and shares how her recent success has brought new light on how she and her family celebrate Christmas this year. 

A yuletide melody punctuates this fun yet heart-warming episode as Regine sings a classic Pinoy favourite that will surely make viewers feel the holiday spirit even more. 

Join the feast, enjoy the talk, and savor the music this Saturday in Sarap Diva, 9:40 am, on GMA.


Metro Magazine's first holiday fantasy haute couture show, Metrowear: Fantasy will have its first and exclusive airing on Philippine television via Lifestyle Network on Sunday (December 23) at 9:00 p.m.

The holiday collections, inspired by favorite Christmas stories and characters, featured the designers Martin Bautista, Joel Escober, John Herrera, and Mak Tumang. Each designer created a 10-piece collection which brought to life the extravagant couture interpretations of "The Nutcracker", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Snow Queen", and "12 Days of Christmas".

Each designer had the opportunity to work with and be guided by their chosen mentors: John Herrera took inspiration from his long-time mentor internationally-acclaimed designer Cary Santiago for his elaborate gowns. Young designer Mak Tumang created his stunning pieces with the guidance of couture master Frederick Peralta. Joel Escober created elaborately designed pieces with the support of senior designer Noel Crisostomo while Martin Bautista showcases his beautiful feminine aesthetic as inspired by his mentor, top designer Rajo Laurel.

The holiday couture collections were paraded in an Edsa Shangri-la ballroom set against a majestic winter forest backdrop designed by Jo Claravall. The show is directed by top fashion show director Jackie Aquino.

Watch the airing of Metrowear: Fantasy and be inspired by the festive designs presented by Philippine fashion's next wave of couture designers premiering on Lifestyle Network on Sunday (December 23) at 9:00 p.m. with encore telecasts on December 24 at 3:00 p.m., December 25 at 12:00 p.m., December 26 at 12:00 a.m., December 27 at 10:00 p.m., and December 29 at 5:00 p.m.

The Lifestyle Network airs on SkyCable channel 52. For programming schedules and updates, like their Facebook page at

Derrick Monasterio, Jake Vargas star as Mr. Pogi winners in"Magpakailanman" this Saturday

This Saturday, GMA's reality-based drama anthology program hosted by Ms. Mel Tiangco, "Magpakailanman," will feature the lives of Jaylord Casino and John Edric Ulang, winners of Eat Bulaga's "Mr. Pogi" contest.

Just like most aspirants who want to enter show business, Jaylord and John Edric have always dreamed of becoming popular stars one day and they saw showbiz as a way out of poverty.

Although they both reached the same juncture in their journey, they came from very different worlds.  

Jaylord was never an achiever in school.  Despite the efforts exerted by his parents to give him a good education, he just couldn't meet their expectations.  He grew up feeling the burden of being his parents' biggest disappointment but he figured that there must be something special about him that could make his parents proud.  One day, a friend approached him and encouraged him to audition for "Mr. Pogi," a competition for male wanna-be TV stars hosted by the longest running noontime show, "Eat Bulaga."

Jaylord was confident that he has got the looks, charm and talent to win the title.  However, his parents are not as optimistic.  Besides, this is not how they have envisioned their son to succeed in life.

Meanwhile, family is not a problem for another Mr. Pogi winner John Edric. From the very beginning he has always shown the makings of a star and his parents, especially his dad, have always been supportive of his plans. Unfortunately, John Edric's ambition of entering show business came to a halt when he unexpectedly impregnated his girlfriend, Michelle.

Consequently, John Edric's focus shifted from pursuing his dream career to providing for his own family.  He thought he would never catch up on his dream until the opportunity to audition for "Mr. Pogi" came one day.  He grabbed the chance and the rest is history, so to speak.

Join veteran journalist Ms. Mel Tiangco as she unravels these two inspiring stories of triumph with Kapuso teen star Derrick Monasterio and Jake Vargas portraying as Jaylord and John Edric this Saturday in "Magpakailanman," airing after Kap's Amazing Stories on GMA-7.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ABS-CBN Publishing’s ‘Vault’ wins Asia’s Best New Magazine

ABS-CBN Publishing's Vault, a lifestyle magazine for the modern, sophisticated man, was named winner of Best New Magazine at the 2012 Asian Publishing Awards (APA), held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It also received an excellence award in the category Best in Design, Layout and Presentation.

The Asian Publishing Awards recognizes best multimedia practices in magazine, book, and corporate communications sectors. This year, the APA winners were culled from a strong field of 157 entries involving 34 media companies from 8 countries.

At the ceremony, Vault  was cited for "addressing a clearly defined target of upscale, high net worth Filipino males. The publishers have identified a gap and created a fresh looking format."

"We operate in a very crowded media landscape where it is getting more and more challenging to engage multitasking readers. This is why we are very proud of Vault magazine's achievements since it launched last year. This recognition reaffirms our belief that great content, innovation and the unyielding commitment to fulfill the needs of our readers will make the difference in today's busy marketplace.  Vault, the new player- the rookie brand, made a difference.  For an organization that takes pride in building successful homegrown brands amidst so many local and foreign players, this is a remarkable feat," said Christina Lopez, Content Director and Head of Marketing for ABS-CBN Publishing, in her acceptance remarks.

Anticipating the rapid growth in viewing magazines online, ABS-CBN Publishing simultaneously launched the magazine's print and digital edition in May 2011, a first in the local publishing industry. Vault's editorial team is led by broadcast journalist and host David Celdran as Editor in Chief, with Karl FM Castro as Art Director.

Celdran saw Vault's win as a "nice surprise."

"Indeed, Asia is experiencing the most dynamic growth in publishing in the world. To be chosen as the best new magazine in this highly competitive region can only be seen as an honor not just for ABS-CBN, but for the Philippine publishing industry as well," he added.

Since its release in 2011, it has developed a strong following among its niche audience.

It builds around in-depth content on global luxury brands, unique experiences, and fine products that represent the best achievements of the human hand. Its approach to luxury is informed by creativity, craftsmanship, passion, and heritage.

Seeing the award as an inspiration for the magazine and its staff, Celdran said, "Vault will continue to stick to its core identity: a visually driven and highly informative magazine for readers with refined tastes.  But the award reminds us that our appeal is global as well. In the coming issues, expect even more international content as we continue to cover the most exclusive experiences and premium products around the globe."

Vault is available in good bookshops nationwide. The digital edition is available on and through the iTunes App Store.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tulong Kapatid raises over PhP100M for Typhoon Pablo victims

Tulong Kapatid received an overwhelming response from Filipinos all over the world during its telethon for the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Not only was the group able to meet and exceed its PhP100 million-target in six hours for the affected communities-Tulong Kapatid also encouraged other organizations to step up their efforts in responding to the pleas of those in need.

As the joint corporate social responsibility and disaster response initiative of the MVP Group of Companies, Tulong Kapatid led the rally of support for those severely affected by the recent typhoon. Despite the limited preparation time, the telethon saw Kapatid stars, news personalities and respected business leaders coming together for this worthy cause. The event was held both at the Kapatid Network's Novaliches and Broadway studios and was simulcast over TV5, AksyonTV and Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM, pre-empting the Kapatid Network's primetime programming.

Speaking from Seoul, group chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan shared in an interview with NEWS5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes that a SMS from US Ambassador Harry Thomas last Sunday prompted him to initiate a telethon at the soonest possible time. He was also moved by accounts of MVP Group's corporate social responsibility forces including TV5's Alagang Kapatid Foundation and emergency response unit RESCUE5 who had seen Pablo's wrath firsthand.

Addressing his fellow Filipinos, MVP urged individuals and corporations to give no matter how big or small: "Panahon ngayon ng Pasko. We cannot let our people down." The renowned philanthropist also told survivors of Pablo not to lose hope despite unimaginable damages the super typhoon caused.

President Benigno S Aquino III also delivered a special message during the telethon and encouraged every Filipino to help in any way to help the people of Mindanao. "Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa TV5. Malaki po ang maitutulong ng inyong inisyatiba upang maipadama sa ating mga kababayan na hindi sila nag-iisa," said the President.

NEWS5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes led TV5's news organization in delivering disaster recovery-related stories with anchors Cheryl Cosim, Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo who reported live from New Bataan in Compostela Valley.

On the entertainment front, Superstar Nora Aunor and Pinoy Explorer host Aga Muhlach were among the many celebrities who donated to the worthy cause. Kapatid stars and noted personalities like were also onhand as they took calls from fellow Filipinos keen to contribute what they could for the benefit of the communities affected by Pablo. SPORTS5's Aaron Atayde and Jessica Mendoza, Team SMART Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 coach Chot Reyes and players from the Meralco Bolts and San Beda Red Lions also manned the phones  during the telethon.

Tulong Kapatid's telephone lines remain open for cash pledges. You may call hotlines 689-555/671-5555/936-5555 for your pledge and inquiries. You can also help by texting Tulong <amount> to 4483 for Smart, Talk N' Text and Sun Cellular. Donations via Paypal can be sent to Alagang Kapatid's Paypal account.

For cash donations, interested parties may deposit through the Alagang Kapatid Foundation's peso account at BDO (savings account number 00-5310-410164 with swift code BNORPHMM), CITI Bank (savings account number 0757138018 with swift code CITIPHMX) and BPI (savings account number 1443-05333-2 with swift code BOPIPHMM) under the name of Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

For Kapatids overseas who want to donate to the cause, they may do so via the following US dollar accounts: BDO account number 10-5310-46264-4 with swift code BNORPHMM; CITI Bank account number 0757138026 with swift code CITIPHMX; and BPI account number 1444-0214-85 with swift code BOPIPHMM. Cash donations may also be coursed through Cebuana Lhullier outlets nationwide.

Monday, December 10, 2012


The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will spread holiday cheer as it performs in a free concert dubbed "A Christmas Gift" at the Rockwell Tent on December 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Led by its music director, conductor Gerard Salonga, the orchestra will play Christmas favorites. Special guests for the concert are actor Xian Lim, who will showcase his piano and trombone skills; and singer K-La Rivera. This event is presented by ABS-CBN, First Philippine Holdings Inc., and Rockwell Land. For details on how to win tickets, follow the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ABSPhilharmonic ; and the Powerplant Mall at and @PowerPlantMall on Twitter.


From 20th Century Fox, the studio behind "Titanic" and "Avatar" comes an epic motion picture that will allow audience to experience the grand spectacle of nature and gasp at a young boy's coming of age through disaster and salvation in "Life of Pi" directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee.  
Based on the book by Yann Martel that has sold more than seven million copies and spent years on the bestseller lists, "Life of Pi" takes place over three continents, two oceans and a wide universe of imagination.  Lee's vision, coupled with stunning 3D visuals, has turned a novel long thought un-filmable into a thrillingly audacious mix of grand storytelling and powerful and provocative themes.
"Life of Pi" is Ang Lee's first foray in 3D filmmaking starring newcomer Suraj Sharma who takes on the titular role of Pi.  The story revolves around Piscine Patel, (known as Pi) who lives with his zoo keeping family in Pondicherry. They decide to emigrate to Canada, taking their animals along with them and set off on a huge freighter ship, steaming from India across the Pacific. But a terrible storm destroys the ship. The family and most of the animals perish. Pi survives, stranded on a lifeboat with several animals. Ultimately it is just Pi and a Bengal tiger who miraculously survive 227 days at sea.
The two castaways face unimaginable challenges, including nature's majestic grandeur and fury, which lash their small lifeboat.  One particularly monstrous storm becomes a spiritual experience for Pi, leading him to question God's plan for him.  "I've lost everything!  I surrender!  What more do you want?" Pi rails at the sky. But through it all, he never loses hope.  Pi finds joy from something as simple as an old survival manual, as well as from the solace of the ocean's beauty: the bioluminescent, rainbow hues of magnificent schools of flying fish; the shimmering blues of the ocean's swells; and a radiant humpback whale that streaks to the surface of the ocean.
In telling Pi's story, Mr. Lee pushes the boundaries of cutting-edge motion picture technologies.  "Life of Pi" represents a moment when the science and art of filmmaking have jumped forward, as it did with the visual effects of "Titanic," the 3D revolution of "Avatar," and the CGI work in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which brought unprecedented emotion and depth to the character of Caesar.  And like Caesar, LIFE OF PI's Richard Parker is a fully-realized, accessible character, whom you'll believe was actually on that lifeboat with Suraj Sharma, who portrays Pi.
The attention to detail throughout LIFE OF PI is also impressive.  Production designer David Gropman based Pi's lifeboat "on archival drawings of a 1940s steel life boat". He commissioned Haan Lee (Ang Lee's son) to design Pi's raft, that the character builds to separate himself from Richard Parker. "I asked Haan to imagine himself as Pi, using the materials he would have had on the lifeboat: oars, life jackets, floorboards, etc.  What Hann crafted was amazing, a triangle with a circle in the middle, which was a beautiful expression of 'pi'."
And through Mr. Lee's use of 3D, the audience will be with Pi and Richard Parker, experiencing these extraordinary and visually stunning moments, immersed like never before in an epic movie adventure interwoven with an emotional and spiritual journey.
"Life of Pi" opens January 9 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Disney/Pixar has just revealed the domestic and international posters of "Monsters University," the highly anticipated prequel to the 2011 blockbuster, "Monsters, Inc."

In the film, Mike Wazowski (voice of John Goodman) and James P. Sullivan (voice of Billy Crystal) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Screaming with laughter and fun, "Monsters University" is directed by Dan Scanlon ("Cars," "Mater and the Ghostlight," "Tracy") and produced by Kori Rae ("Up," "The Incredibles," "Monsters, Inc.").

The film opens in the Philippines on June 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.


             Columbia Pictures has recently launched the teaser poster of "Evil Dead," the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult-hit horror film "The Evil Dead."

             The teaser one-sheet makes a bold claim as it splatters the following phrase across the layout: "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience."

             In the new movie directed by Fede Alvarez, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

             A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy ("Suburgatory") as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez ("Deadgirl," "Red Riding Hood") as David; Lou Taylor Pucci ("Carriers") as Eric; Jessica Lucas ("Cloverfield") as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore ("Legend of the Seeker") as Natalie.

             "Evil Dead" will be released in the Philippines in May 2013 by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


             Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in "Frozen," a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen on November 27, 2013.

             Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") & Jennifer Lee (screenwriter of "Wreck-It Ralph") and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"), "Frozen" features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

             In "Frozen," a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

             Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Couples Retreat," and the upcoming films "Hit & Run," "Some Girls" and the Farrelly Brothers' "Movie 43." On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars." Broadway credits include "The Crucible" and "Tom Sawyer."

             Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent." Film credits include "Enchanted" and the feature film "Rent." She has appeared in a recurring role on TV's "Glee" and recently released "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

             Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park"), and the musical "Avenue Q," which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London's West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show "In Transit" is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh," a stage version of "Finding Nemo" and a new musical called "Up Here."

             Lee's screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights" is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and her original script "Lucid Dreams" was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson's Radiant Productions. Lee holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.

             Buck directed (with Kevin Lima) Disney's 1999 high-swinging feature "Tarzan," which won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® for Best Music/Original Song (Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart"). He directed (with Ash Brannon) 2007's Oscar-nominated "Surf's Up" for Sony Pictures Animation.His credits within animation also include 1989's "The Little Mermaid," "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990) and "Pocahontas" (1995).

Friday, December 7, 2012

GMA Network introduces teen idols via its newest youth program TEEN GEN; brings back the tandem of Bobby and Angelu

After several months of its intensive search for the next batch of TV sensations, GMA Network finally comes up with the coveted list of promising faces that will banner the upcoming youth-oriented series, TEEN GEN. 

Fresh from winning in Protégé, Jeric Gonzales and Thea Tolentino land their first project in the Kapuso Station as they lead the promising cast of Teen Gen. They will portray the roles of Tiago and Angge in the series, respectively. 

On being part of the much anticipated project, Jeric shares "Ito na ang umpisa ng aking mga pangarap kaya excited ako sa project na ito. Nakaka-pressure kaya kailangan naming galingan at patunayan na karapat-dapat kami for the show" 

Meanwhile, Thea expresses her gratitude as she embarks on her first project. "Sobrang happyko po. God has been so good to me and I will give all my best sa Teen Gen."

Also, TEEN GEN brings back the kilig tandem of Bobby Andrews and Angelu de Leon as they once again breathe to life to the characters from the phenomenal T.G.I.S series Wacks and Peachy.

Completing the cast of TEEN GEN are - Juancho Trivino as Lucho, Dianne Hernandez as Lyca, Abel Estanislao as JV, Gianna Revilla as Madison, Seth Isay as Itos, Sunyee Maluche as Drew, Gab de Leon as Jeff and Arkin Magalona as Mackenzie. 

TEEN GEN is under the helm of film and TV director Mark Reyes, the man behind the very successful youth series in the 90's produced by GMA and Viva, T.G.I.S., together with Kit Villanueva - Langit as creative consultant/headwriter. 

Direk Mark looks back to the happy memories of creating the unparalleled youth program which also launched the careers of today's respected actors in the industry. 

As he puts it, "18 years ago, I was given the opportunity to create a youth oriented show for a Saturday afternoon which had a non-existent audience market. With the courage of ignorance, we broke the norms of Philippine TV by doing a light drama-comedy, which was unheard of in the traditional soap dominated  1990's. We got an inspiration from the fast rising MTV channel in terms of visual treatment and fashion styles. Our 1st season was shaky. T.G.I.S. was branded too "bourgeois" or too upper class for the masa market. But come the 2nd season, it skyrocketed to the TV phenomenon that it was, prompting the rival network to copy our format after a year. Now, with much excitement and bravado from experience, the original director and writer bring back T.G.I.S as TEEN GEN. Expect a new generation of young stars and T.G.I.S. alumni Bobby and Angelu to bring back youthful family entertainment for both young and not so young who are now parents to teenagers." 

Witness the highs and lows of teenage life as TEEN GEN premieres on December 16 after Party Pilipinas on GMA.

Brothers Randy and Raymart Santiago join Asia ’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva this Saturday

This Saturday (December 8), Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid welcomes into her kitchen the Santiago brothers Randy and Raymart.
Regine is treated to Randy's specialty to be prepared "express" and to be served exquisitely.
Meanwhile, Raymart treats her to a dish that will soon grace the menu of his very own restaurant, Red Garlic.
Listen to naughty and nice stories of the Santiago brothers on growing up, falling in love, and building their respective families.  
Share the laughter, share the music, and share the love for food with Regine, Randy, and Raymart in Sarap Diva, this Saturday December 8, 9:40am only on GMA.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


The Angels took the stage clad in wings, million dollar bras and the latest collection of the world's most famous lingerie brand, Victoria's Secret, in New York City during the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which will premiere on fun party channel Velvet on Sunday (December 9) at 8:00 p.m.

The hour-long spectacular event features the drop dead gorgeous angels Miranda Kerr, Lindsey Ellingson, Hilary Rhoda, Barbara Palvin, Cameron Russell, Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls, Sharam Diniz ,Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Maud Welzen, Shanina Shaik, Jasmine Tookes, Toni Garrn, Erin Heatherton, Izabel Goulart, Bregje Heinen and many more. The show will be bolstered with performances by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

Just like every Victoria's Secret Fashion show, the event's crowning point will be the unveiling of the latest Fantasy Bra where one of the beautiful angel models steps out wearing a jewel-encrusted brassiere. This year, the glamorous wearer will be Alessandra Ambrosio, wearing a $2.5 million piece called the "Floral Fantasy".

The 2012 Floral Fantasy bra designed by Jersey-based London Jewelers is constructed out of 400 jewels which include pink, white and yellow diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other semi-precious stones, with a 20-carat white diamond in the center. Ambrosio donned the jewel-heavy piece with a spread of orchids on her back.

The circus-themed 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will have its premiere on Philippine television via Velvet Channel on Sunday (December 9) at 8:00 p.m. with encore telecasts on December 12 at 10:00 p.m., December 13 at 7:00 p.m., December 15 at 8:00 p.m.  It also kicks-off Velvet's Best of 2012 Marathon on December 25 at 12:00 a.m. Velvet (SkyCable Channel 53) is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. For updates, log-on to and


ABS-CBN stages a widespread campaign to help disaster-affected Kapamilyas by selling parols, a Pinoy Christmas icon, to jive with this year's theme "Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko".

By purchasing a "Kapamilya Parol" whose central icon was designed by kids orphaned during the Typhoon Sendong, buyers are taking part in an effort to help disaster-affected Kapamilyas as all proceeds will be donated to Sagip Kapamilya, ABS-CBN Foundation's  project that provides relief to affected communities of disasters, as well as rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

Sagip Kapamilya will be allocating "Kapamilya Parol" funds to the families directly affected by the recent calamities of 2012, including orphaned children who are under the continued care and assistance of Sagip Kapamilya.

Buyers can hang these parols in their homes but it can also be donated to less fortunate families through the ABS-CBN Online Store at ABS-CBN will give a parol in the donor's name to a child or family affected by the calamities of 2012 and upon receipt of the parol, an email will be sent to the donor  with the recipient's name and if possible, a photo as well. Proceeds of the donated parols will still go to Sagip Kapamilya.

The "Kapamilya Parol" is now available in SM Kultura, selected ABS-CBN Regional Network Stations, selected provincial department stores such as LCC Malls and Fiesta World Malls, and at the ABS-CBN Store. It is also available globally and nationwide through the ABS-CBN Online Store.

The ABS-CBN Christmas Campaign aims to highlight the Filipinos as bearers of light who never run out of kindness especially during dire times. Spread light and kindness by buying or donating a "Kapamilya Parol" now. For more information, please visit


Audience Choice Award winner "Melodrama Negra" and Best Picture winner "Pascalina" will have a special screening on Sunday (December 9) at the Robinson's Galleria Movie World Cinema 4.

Maria Isabel Legarda's "Melodrama Negra" will be screened at 6:30 p.m. while Pam Miras' "Pascalina" will be screened at 9:00 p.m. Both films which were awarded during the 2012 Cinema One Originals Awards Night held recently at the Dolphy Theatre are the directors' first feature debuts.

"Melodrama Negra" is a black comedy about the dysfunctionality of Filipino families and is based on the Palanca-award winning stage play by Allan Lopez. The urban contemporary tale delves into the lives of Dee and her dead friends Gomez and Lim, blood-hungry sociopath sisters Twinkle and Candy, and wealthy father and son Congressman Ramirez and Rex. "Melodrama Negra" stars Gee Canlas, Jerald Napoles, Bong Cabrera, Sheng Belmonte, Cindy Lopez, Ria Garcia, Cai Cortez, Mara Lopez and Bembol Rocco.

"Pascalina" on the other hand is a psychological journey of a woman presented with elements of horror and deadpan comedy. It tells the story of Pascalina who has received a curse from a dying aunt that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity. According to Miras, it is unlike any 'aswang' story told in Pinoy cinema. It stars Maria Veronica Santiago, Peewee O'Hara, Cara Eriguel, and Alex Vincent Medina.

Prior to the last day screening of the festival, "Pascalina" can be also seen on Friday (December 7) at 5:00 p.m. at the Robinson's Galleria Movie World Cinema 4.

Catch more brave, bold and original films featured at the 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival until December 9 at Robinson's Galleria Movie World. For the complete screening schedule and updates, visit Cinema One's Facebook fan page at

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable, owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).

Drew Arellano and Boobay goes "Choco Loco" in AHA!

It's Christmas time once again and it's a perfect season to enjoy the sweet taste of chocolates without an ounce of guilt.  Chocolates are a common gift item during Christmas and so kapuso host Drew Arellano and commedienne Boobay the Lakwatsera are preparing a boxful of suprises about the all-time favorite comfort food -- chocolate -- in this Sunday's episode of AHA!, an infotainment program which airs on GMA-7. 

Drew and Boobay will find out the history of chocolate, how and where it was discovered and how it travelled around the world to conquer the taste buds of mankind.  Boobay will unravel the secret of cacao and the processes it goes through as it transforms from roasted seed to the chocolate that melts in our mouth.  And by the way, did you know that chocolates are also used in make-ups, shoes, spas etc.? 

While chocolates are considered "happy and love food," these are not for everyone; some people are allergic to it and some simply avoid it for health reasons.  What are the benefits and the health risks of eating chocolates?  Find out the answers this Sunday in AHA!, airs 9:10am on GMA-7.

Chef Boy Logro transforms 10-kilo Turkey into mouthwatering dish in "Idol sa Kusina"

For Americans, Turkeys are a staple in every Thanksgiving celebration, but for Filipinos it's perfect for Christmas.

This Sunday, celebrity chef Pablo "Boy" Logro is going to teach viewers of his weekly cooking show on GMA News TV, "Idol Sa Kusina," how to prepare "Roast Turkey with Maple Mustard Sauce," and he will use a 10-kilo Turkey for this!

As if a large-sized Turkey is not enough to fill viewers' appetites, Chef Boy will also put an enchanting touch to the otherwise ordinary roast chicken with his dish, "Magic Stuffed Roast Chicken."  Find out what's so "magical" about this dish and what spell does it cast on our taste buds.

The kitchen idol will also introduce to his audience a larger-than-life dish which he names "Giant Meat Balls with Tomato, Chili and Anchovy Sauce." The dish is not only gigantic in size but also in taste -- and what's even more surprising is that it is actually easy to prepare. 

Finally, since a heavyweight meal requires a heavyweight drink, Chef Boy concocts his "Hot Buttered Apple Drink" designed to warm not just your hackles but your heart as well.

With celebrity guest, RnB star Kris Lawrence, join Chef Boy Logro this Sunday for another exciting episode of "Idol sa Kusina," airs 7:00pm on GMA News TV Channel 11.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sisterakas - Starring Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas (MMFF)

For the first time, the three controversial 'queens' of today--Phenomenal Box-Office Goddess Vice Ganda, Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, and Comedy Concert Queen AiAi delas Alas--will star in one power comedy film titled "Sisterakas," Star Cinema and Viva Films' official entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The newest comedy masterpiece of Direk Wenn Deramas "Sisterakas" will hit theaters nationwide beginning Christmas (December 25).

Unlike in real life where they are close friends, Vice, Kris and AiAi will play fierce rivals in "Sisterakas." In the story, Vice portray the role of Bernice, a super successful 'lord of the apparels industry' who is determined to bring misery to two of his closest competition--her hardworking half-sister Detty (AiAi) whose family refused to help Bernice's family when they were poor, and Roselle (Kris) the equally brilliant and talented yet eccentric business archnemesis.

In her quest to secure her throne as the queen of her industry, although it's against her will, Bernice will be forced to hire Detty as his 75th assistant. But things get out of hand and the world gets crazier when Detty suddenly becomes an employee--of all people--Roselle!

With the rivalry getting tougher and more intense than ever and severely affecting each other's intertwined lives, who among Bernice, Detty and Roselle will emerge victorious?

Meanwhile, after their sensational success in "Princess and I" and their first big screen team-up in "24/7 In Love" which is still showing on cinemas nationwide, two of the country's hottest teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are now also part of "Sisterakas." In the film, Daniel will portray the role of Angelo, the godson of Bernice, while Kathryn will play as Kathy, the daughter of Detty and big sister of Cindy (Xyriel Manabat).

Don't miss the grandest gift of Star Cinema and Viva Films that will surely make the whole family merrier this Christmas--"Sisterakas," which will be shown on cinemas nationwide starting December 25.

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Monday, November 19, 2012


What is a 40-year-old virgin supposed to do when she finds out her fiancé has been cheating on her? Well, find a new man who she can trust and love of course! But this isn't an easy task so who better to help her than her bff, who's gay and full of bright ideas?  

Sam Milby and Pokwang bring to life the comic story of Charles and Virgie in Star Cinema's offering in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Magic, "24/7 In Love." All three are excited in their first Star Magic collaboration and they say their episode has a lot of firsts. "It has a lot of firsts I think, this is my first time doing a movie with Pokwang. Hindi naman first time na katrabaho ko siya, we did a 'Your Song' a long time ago but it's my first time being paired with her in a movie. Our story, yung story namin ni Pokwang very comedy talaga," Sam shares. "I know it was Pokwang's first time,  ako yung first kissing scene niya ever in a movie, so she's a virgin in the movie and she's a virgin in terms of kissing scene, so I'm happy that I was the first, hahaha!" 

On the other hand, John Lapus, who's also part of the episode's cast, reveals that he jumped at the chance to work with the other Star Magic artists as this is a rare opportunity. "Hindi nako tumanggi, siyempre no, bilang bibihira na pagsama-samahin kaming mga Star Magic artists sa ganito kalaki na project. Sana at least once a year, merong Star Magic movie tulad nitong '24/ 7 In Love' kasi masaya na magkakasama kami and maski rin sa mga fans, 'di ba ang bongga na nakikita nilang magkakasama kami sa isang big screen, nandun kami and of course sa premiere night makikita nila kaming lahat dun." 

Both Sam and John agree that "24/7 In Love" has a lot of lessons for the heart, which audiences from all ages can relate to. "I would say some of the most beautiful things in life come out in the most unexpected times," Sam admits. "Sa movie, marerealize mo na, one, age doesn't matter and two, walang pinipiling tao ang pag ibig kahit gwapo, hindi maganda, mayaman, mahirap. Kapag ang puso tinamaan ka talaga maiinlove ka talaga, kahit 24/7 pa," John adds. 

Sam and Pokie's episode is directed by Frasco Mortiz. Learn about the highs and lows of love in "24/7 In Love" coming to cinemas nationwide on November 21 (Wednesday). 

Also part of "24/7 In Love" are other Star Magic artists including John Lapus, Maricar Reyes, Jayson Gainza, Matt Evans, Nina Dolino, Joseph Marco, Jason Francisco, Helga Krapf, Andrei Felix, Seppi Borromeo, and Ian Rusell. 

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"'Trouble with the Curve' is a story about how we deal with what life throws at us," describes Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby," "Mystic River"), Clint Eastwood's long-time producer who is now making his feature film directorial debut with the sports drama.

"It has characters in whom we can all see a bit of ourselves, reaching those moments in life when we are faced with re-evaluating priorities: the importance we put on our careers, our friendships and our family," Lorenz adds.

At the center of the story are a father and daughter whose lives have taken them in opposite directions. Even when they're together, they are worlds apart. But now, circumstances are forcing them to face their differences on common ground.

"In any family, even when things get tough, there are always ties that connect you," says the film's star and producer Clint Eastwood. "You just have to find a starting point to begin to close the gap."

The former assistant director, who segued into producing Eastwood's movies, says he always intended to direct. "It was just a matter of finding the right project at the right time," Lorenz states. "I felt the story had broad appeal, a lot of humor, with really great characters and interesting relationships, and I could easily visualize what I would do with it as I read it. The fact that it had a great role for Clint and he was interested in playing it was way more than I could have hoped for."

"Rob and I have worked together for almost 20 years now," Eastwood says. "We've talked about him directing over the years, so when he showed me this script, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I had no doubt he'd do a terrific job, and he absolutely did."
Eastwood plays Gus Lobel, a man nearing the end of a long career who is too proud, or too stubborn, to reveal the secret that his eyes are no longer as sharp as his instincts. And while those closest to him aren't exactly sure what's wrong, they know that something is—something that, for his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), is worth dropping everything for. Even if she's going to have to fight him every step of the way.

Lorenz adds, "In any other relationship, Mickey showing up to help, even if it's unexpected, would be a good thing. But Gus just can't see it that way."

Amy Adams says that there's universality to Mickey's feelings about her dad. "Daughters always want the approval of their fathers. So, naturally, Mickey wants Gus's attention; she wants him to be proud of her, but he, like many dads, has a hard time conveying that. Over time, she's built up a wall and things between them have become contentious, to say the least."
"These characters all come together at a time of significant change for each of them," Lorenz says. "They are all on a journey and have to discover something about themselves in order to move beyond the place they are in their lives and onto the next thing, whatever that may be."

             Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 28, "Trouble with the Curve" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jake and the Never Land Pirates airs on TV5 starting this November 19

Weekday mornings will never be the same again for kids and kids-at-heart as TV5 Kids presents Disney's award-winning musical interactive animated show Jake and the Never Land Pirates starting November 19, 8:00am on TV5.


Catch the exciting adventures and cool characters in this Peter Paninspired series that will surely entertain viewers keen to start their day on a high note. Join the gang of young pirates Jake, Izzy, Cubby and their parrot Skully as they spend their days in Never land looking for treasure and competing against Never Land's resident pirate, Captain Hook.


It's going to be a happy Monday full of adventure and delight! Don't miss the pilot airing of Jake and the Never Land Pirates this November 19, 8:00am only on TV5.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Cinema One Originals 2012 proudly presents its biggest line-up for its 8th year run with 13 competition feature films; divided into two categories: "Cinema One Plus" composed of seasoned directors awarded with a two million production budget each and "Cinema One Currents" composed of new breeds awarded with a one million budget each.

Chosen through careful deliberation from hundreds of entries, these 13 films, six of which debuts as the filmmakers first feature film, have the potential to make names for its filmmakers, directors, writers and actors in the local and international arena.

"The festival is definitely bigger now in terms of content, variety and ambitions compared to the past years of Cinema One Originals. We have something for everyone not answered by mainstream cinema," said Cinema One channel head, Ronald Arguelles.

Brave, bold and original, The 8th Cinema One Originals Festival line-up is composed of the following titles: For the first category, MARIPOSA SA HAWLA NG GABI by Richard Somes is a tale of an innocent woman who unravels horrible truths while in search of her long lost sister in the city starring Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, John Lapus and Mark Gil; MATER DOLOROSA by Adolfo Alix, Jr. is a story about a typical Filipino mother who lives a dark, shadowy life in Manila's underground starring Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Joem Bascon, and Mercedes Cabral with the special participation of Phillip Salvador and BAYBAYIN by Auraeus Solito, a unique tale of two sisters who fall in love with a man who can't hear and speak starring siblings Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi and introducing Adrian Sebastian.

For the second category, ANG PAGLALAKBAY NG MGA BITUIN SA GABING MADILIM by Arnel Mardoquio is a story about the companionship between three escaping rebels and a young war survivor against a Mindanao war backdrop;CATNIP by Kevin Dayrit is a psychological film on two friends who despite their frequent rifts and differences find comfort in being together starring Lauren Young and Maxene Magalona; MELODRAMA NEGRA by Ma. Isabel Legarda is a dark comedy which follows the complicated and macabre lives of a woman and her 'dead' friends, blood-hungry sociopaths and a wealthy political family; SLUMBER PARTY by Emmanuel Dela Cruz is a riotous comedy about a tied-up cute frat boy and three curious gays starring Markki Stroem, Archie Alemania and RK Bagatsing; PASCALINA by Pam Miras is an untypical story of a simple girl who, after visiting her dying aunt, experiences changes in her life that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity;  ANAK ARAW by Gym Lumbera talks about the colonial illusion of an albino who believes that he is a son of an American; EDSA XXX by Khavn De La Cruz is a futuristic black comedy film infused with original rock soundtrack. It tells the story of the reign of Three Eyes in the Philippines in year 2030 starring Epi Quizon; ABERYA by Christian Linaban, Cebu story about love, sex, and psychedelic potions which intertwine the lives of four people in one night starring Will Devaughn, Mercedes Cabral, Iwa Moto, and Nicholas Varela; PALITAN by Ato Bautista depicts lovers who find themselves asphyxiated and trapped in an erotic triangle; and MAMAY UMENG by Dwein Baltazar gives a glimpse into the life of an 84-year-old man who is alone, waiting, and praying not for long life, but for a quick escape.

Apart from these originals, the festival will give tribute to Philippine classics through the screening of three of the most important restored films that greatly contributed to the foundation of Philippine Cinema: "Oro Plata Mata", "Himala" and "Genghis Khan".

"Oro Plata Mata", the 1892 film directed by Peque Gallaga will serve as the opening film for the prestigious event while the award-winning film "Himala" will celebrate its 30th anniversary through an exclusive showing of a documentary special by "Ka Oryang" director Sari Dalena and writer/editor Keith Sicat.

An exhibition programme featuring guest films will also take place in the festival to include special screenings of "Alagwa", "Supremo", "Jungle Love", and "Graceland".

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 28 to December 9 at Robinson's Galleria Movie World and from November 29 to December 4 at the Edsa Shang Cineplex. The festival's much awaited awards night will be held on December 3 at Studio 1 ABS-CBN Main Building.

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable, owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).


Although real-life lovers Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo swore they won't work with each other in a project, both couldn't say no to the roles of Belle and Butch, respectively, in Star Cinema's offering in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Magic, "24/7 In Love."

"Siyempre umoo ako kaagad agad kasi star magic yuh  eh. Siyempre wala ka naman ibang gagawin kundi mag support sa pamilya mo 'di ba? So walang pagdadalawang isip akong umoo." Bea shared regarding her role in the talent management's first venture into producing a full-length film. "Na-excite ako na magiging part ako ng selebrasyon ng Star Magic. Nung pinresent na sakin istorya, iba iba ang naramdaman ko eh. Tapos natawa ako," Zanjoe added. 

What made the project very interesting yet funny for Bea and Zanjoe is that they will be playing odd couple, Belle and Butch. Belle falls for her best friend Butch, but the problem is Butch is in love with …another man. "Ngayon lang ako nagportray ng role na ganito ka-persistent, ganito ka obsessed sa isang character din, at saka first time ko magkaroon ng character na nainlove sa isang becky!" Bea said as she laughingly described what becoming Belle was like.

Zanjoe on the other hand, had doubts in playing the fashion saavy Butch. "Mas magaling siguro kung gumawa ng role eh totoong gay 'di ba? Haha! pero siyempre nakaka-proud din na yung mga tao may tiwala sa 'yo. Unang-una, ako kaya din lumakas loob ko para gawin yun dahil may mga tao na naniniwala sa kakayahan ko." 

Though Bea felt weird at first working with Zanjoe for the first time since they became an item, his gay character made her more at ease than having him play a more serious role. "It was weird acting with him, buti na lang malaking difference yung character niya sa totoong buhay, kasi kung hindi siguro I'd be feeling more awkward than how I'm feeling now." And Zanjoe agreed that it was indeed a challenge but fun working with his girlfriend. "Nakatulong kasi yung role ko medyo iba at least mas magiging komportable ako na gawin 'yun sa harapan niya dahil alam ko naman na hindi niya ako ija-judge at tutulungan niya pa ko, pwede ako humingi ng mga tips. Ayun ang saya nung shooting namin kasi si Bea yung katrabaho ko, mas komportable ako, na inaakala ko dati na mahirap umarte sa harapan niya." 

Bea and Zanjoe's episode is directed by Mae Cruz and will be shown on November 21 in theatres nationwide. 

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Monday, November 12, 2012


The first photo of Tom Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage in the upcoming epic sci-fi thriller "All You Need is Kill" has been released by Warner Bros.

Also starring Emily Blunt, the film is currently being directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity").

"All You Need is Kill" unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world's armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

             Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
Opening across the Philippines on March 2014, "All You Need is Kill" will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Marlin's journey along the Great Barrier Reef to rescue his son Nemo is filled with a host of colorful underwater characters. Optimistic but forgetful friend Dory joins him on the adventure, which introduces the sheltered Marlin to everything from a trio of sharks practicing a self-help program to a bale of hip sea turtles who know their way around the East Australian Current. 
Meanwhile, Nemo—snatched from the reef by a diver—finds himself in an aquarium at a dentist's office, surrounded by a group of spectacular saltwater friends known as the tank gang.

These iconic characters and the roster of talented actors that helped make them so memorable are what make Disney Pixar's "Finding Nemo" a favorite among moviegoers. The film returns to the big screen—for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D™—introducing a whole new generation to the stunning underwater adventure.

MARLIN is a fretful and slightly neurotic clownfish father voiced by the acclaimed actor/director/comedian Albert Brooks ("Drive"). He sports just three stripes ("One, two, three—that's all I have?") and for a clownfish, he's not as funny as one might expect. But he's fiercely protective of his son Nemo, wanting to do everything he can to make sure nothing ever happens to him.

Director Andrew Stanton said Brooks was a pro at maximizing his scenes. "Even when his character wasn't asked to be funny in a scene, he knew exactly how to play it for entertainment."

DORY is the eternally optimistic and forever forgetful blue tang brought to life by the Emmy®-winning comedian Ellen DeGeneres who was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. "She brought a real kindness and gentleness to the part, along with rhythm and quirkiness," said Stanton of DeGeneres' performance.

NEMO is an adventurous young clownfish born with a bad fin, though his overly protective father calls it his "lucky fin." After being captured by a diver and dropped in an aquarium, Nemo meets an oddball tank gang who dub him "Shark Bait" and help him hatch a plan to escape back to the ocean to reunite with his dad.

Alexander Gould ("Weeds") was 9 years old when he lent his voice to Nemo, and he "brought a genuine, untainted quality to the voice of Nemo," said Stanton. "It's amazing how many kids have some preconceived notion of what a good actor should sound like. Alex sounded real and he totally understood direction. We were really lucky to find him."

GILL is the brooding moorish idol leader of the tank gang who takes newcomer Nemo under his fin. Willem Dafoe ("Platoon") gave voice to Gill, who—like Nemo—hails from the big blue. He'd give anything to go home.
BLOAT is a blowfish with a tendency for emotional as well as literal blow-ups. Voiced by Emmy® winner Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Bloat conducts the tribal ceremony officially dubbing Nemo as "Shark Bait" and welcoming him into the tank gang.
PEACH is an astute starfish who has her eyes peeled at all times on behalf of the entire tank gang. Allison Janney ("The Help") provided the voice for Peach, a perceptive matriarch who keeps a protective eye on Nemo.

GURGLE is a quick-to-panic royal gramma with a fear of germs. He's voiced by film and stage veteran Austin Pendleton ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"). Despite his disdain for dirt, he's all drama when the dentist foils their messy escape plan with a new tank cleaner. "Curse you Aqua Scum!"

BUBBLES is a bubble-obsessed yellow tang. Stephen Root ("J. Edgar") lent his voice to the effervescent character. "Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!"

DEB (& FLO) is a reflective blue-and-white humbug damsel fish who believes her reflection is her twin sister. Voiced by Vicki Lewis ("How I Met Your Mother"), Deb is always in touch with her "twin sister" Flo, who is always there when Deb needs her. But Deb secretly doubts Flo's mental capacity—"She's nuts."

JACQUES is a fastidious cleaner shrimp. Late Pixar storyman Joe Ranft ("Toy Story 2" as Wheezy, "A Bug's Life" as Heimlich the caterpillar) gave Jacques a debonair French accent. "Voila! He is clean."

NIGEL is a gossipy Australian pelican who's befriended the tank gang despite the potential conflict of interest. Academy Award®-winning actor Geoffrey Rush ("The King's Speech") gave a top-flight performance.

CORAL is Nemo's mom who meets an unfortunate fate. Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") gave voice to Coral.
CRUSH, the unflappable sea turtle voiced by director Andrew Stanton, is the ultimate laidback dad that throws Marlin for a loop. Crush's biggest fan is offspring Squirt who agrees with his dad that almost everything is awesome and righteous.

MR. RAY is a musical manta ray teacher. Pixar veteran Bob Peterson, one of the screenplay writers for the film, provided Mr. Ray's popular pipes, known for clever, rhyming songs like, "Seaweed is cool. Seaweed is fun. It makes its food from the rays of the sun."
BRUCE is a great white shark who desperately wants to stop eating fish. Voiced by Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), Bruce holds meetings for he and his shark companions to share their problems and practice their motto—"Fish are friends, not food." Bruce's vegetarian efforts get derailed when a minor injury to Dory changes his friendly demeanor.

ANCHOR is a soft-hearted hammerhead shark who believes a group hug can help his shark pals' problems. Eric Bana ("The Time Traveler's Wife") lent his voice to Anchor.

CHUM is the hyperactive mako shark who "misplaces" his fish friend. Bruce Spence provided his voice.

             Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, "Finding Nemo" 3D will be released across the Philippines in Digital 3D™ for a limited theatrical engagement starting December 5.


SMART Communications Inc., ABS-CBN's, and Stratworks Marketing Communications bagged the Top Awards in Communication Management, Communication Skills, and Communication Creative respectively, the highest honor bestowed on division winners at the 2012 Philippine Quill Awards during a black tie ceremony last night (Nov 12) at the Crown Plaza Galleria.

The Philippine Quill Awards is the annual program of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines that recognizes excellent use of communication in the projects and campaigns of the country's leading corporations and communication agencies.

This year's edition of the Quill Awards, which will be telecast on ANC (SkyCable ch 27) in January, proved to be more thrilling and memorable than ever with the launch of 1st Philippine Student Quill Awards and the introduction of three special awards for organizations that received the most Excellence Awards. Awardees, guests and the elite of business filled the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Galleria to its maximum capacity.

Making history was De La Salle University's The Lasallian Facebook Page, which won the Top Award in 1st Philippine Student Quill Awards.

SMART Communications, meanwhile, won Company of the Year for bagging the most number of excellence awards, followed by the Manila Electric Company as first runner-up, and ABS-CBN Corporation as second runner-up.

Ogilvy Public Relations Manila bested other communications agencies to bring home the Agency of the Year, while Colegio San Juan de Letran bagged the School of the Year award.

For over a decade, the Philippine Quill Awards has been recognizing companies that have effectively and innovatively used communication in their programs and projects towards attaining their organization's goals.

Each year, the country's top companies, institutions and foundations in both private and public sectors, enter their best works in the Philippine Quill Awards' 27 categories that cover the various disciplines in business communications ranging from communication campaigns to communication skills and creative.

This year, SMART's Project Visa garnered the highest mark among Excellence Awardees in its division with an aggressive communication program that empowered its customers to "live more" by enabling them to do simple and routine transactions while on the go. The campaign's success was evident as transactions through SMART's online and on-site Self Care channels rose by 8 points by the end of 2012's first quarter.

The re-launched website of ABS-CBN's flagship AM radio station, meanwhile, strengthened DZMM's multiplatform news coverage and social media efforts, while also extending the reach of the station globally. With better graphics and new features, the site's page views jumped more than 100% from 4,891,757 to 9,885,310 according to Google Analytics.

Stratworks' End of the World Survival Kit for Axe Philippines, on the other hand, successfully introduced a new fragrance through a tongue and cheek campaign that went viral and achieved 200% of its target mileage. The La Sallian's Facebook page also impressed the judges as it has become the news and feature resource of DLSU faculty, alumni, students, and even the general Filipino public.

IABC Philippines President and IABC Regional Director for North Asia Ritzi Villarico Ronquillo said the organization, the first country chapter of the IABC outside the United States, will continue motivating and supporting communication professionals post-Quill.

"This is a plus of joining ABC and its programs. We are committed to the growth, communication career support and continued learning of members and participants in our programs. Through access to global learning resources and researches and the IABC network, we provide learning for career and professional advancement and growth all year round," she said, adding  "We invite all to join us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary next year. "

IABC Philippines Vice President and 2012 Awards Committee Chair Kane Errol Choa said this year's Quill Awards turned out to be one of the biggest ever, in participation with a 25 percent increase in the entries from last year.

"This year's turnout is a clear indication of the prestige and credibility of the Quill Awards. The country's top corporations were not only more aggressive in pursuing the seal of approval of the IABC through participating in the contest, but they also came up with generally better entries to meet the International Gold Quill standards," he explained.

The Gold Quill, deemed the highest honor in business communication, is awarded by the global IABC, a network of 15,500 communication professionals all over the world.

The Philippine Quill Awards' gold sponsors include ABS-CBN Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, and SMART Communications Inc., silver sponsors included Flawless Aesthetic Clinic, Manila Water Company, and Security Bank Corporation; and bronze sponsors Banco De Oro, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Lopez Holdings Corporation, Manila Electric Co., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Pag-Ibig Fund, and Team Energy.

Media partners, meanwhile, were Adobo Magazine; ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel; Business Mirror, BusinessWorld, DZMM TeleRadyo, The Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard Today, Mediabanc, and The Philippine Star. Official tabulator was Reyes Tacandong and Co.


"It's all about love being 24/7 in love and every minute, every day there's love in the air, kaniya-kaniyang storya ng pagmamahal." That is how Piolo Pascual describes the upcoming Star Cinema offering in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Magic, "24/7 In Love."

A true labor of love, Piolo says the movie is a celebration of Star Magic's growing family in its 20 years of producing home-grown talents for ABS-CBN. "It was timely because we're celebrating 20 years of Star Magic and kami bilang magkakapatid sa Star Magic, we wanna be able to have more fun and it's not always about work, so we look forward to this. It's anticipated because magkakasama kami, so nung pinresent siya sa akin I didn't think twice about accepting it." 

Piolo shares the limelight in one of the episodes with child wonders Zaijan Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat, whom he has worked with in the teleserye "Noah." Piolo is Pipoy, a 35-year-old mentally challenged man who lives in an orphanage and is happy spending his days with his best friend, 10-year-old Jomar. However, their friendship is shaken when new girl Ayie, played by Xyriel, enters the picture. 

For Piolo, playing Pipoy is his most challenging role to date. "For me it's my most challenging role. Akalain mo ba naman na at my age gaganap ako na 7 years old at ka-love team ko si Xyriel and ka-love triangle ko si Zaijian 'di ba?" he reveals with a laugh. "I level with them. I level with Xyriel and Zaijian. Nakikipagkulitan ako sa set, mas madali kasi walang worries eh. Bata kasi, walang problema, so naisip ko habang nagshu-shoot ako, sabi ko, 'sarap pala maging bata kasi wala kang iniisip na problema, trabaho ka lang, acting ka lang.' Ganun lang pala kasimple." 

Zaijan and Xyriel also find working with their Kuya Piolo a lot of fun. "Masaya pong ka-eksena si Kuya Piolo. Magaling, mabait, at saka pag sa eksena focused talaga," Zaijan says of his co-star. "Nagkukulitan po kami and inaasar ko po siya na siya si Budoy hehe," Xyriel shares, even adding that her character has a super crush on Piolo. 

For the kids, their episode has a very simple message to the audience. "Maging mabuting magkaibigan, huwag magseselos saka laging magbibigayan." 

Piolo, Zaijan and Xyriel's episode is directed by Dado Lumibao and will be shown on November 21 in theaters nationwide.  

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             Walt Disney Pictures has just unveiled a new poster from director Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great and Powerful." The artwork is the second panel of a three-part image and gives a first look at the magical creatures in Oz.

              The fantasy adventure stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis.

             "Oz The Great and Powerful" imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

             "Oz The Great and Powerful" is produced by Joe Roth and written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel are serving as executive producers.

             "Oz The Great and Powerful" opens in Philippine theaters on March 8, 2013.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that director Zack Snyder's upcoming action adventure "Man of Steel" will be presented in 3D in select theaters, as well as in 2D and IMAX®, so fans of the iconic superhero will be able to experience the much-anticipated movie in their format of choice.

Snyder stated, "The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow 'Man of Steel' to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience. We've taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement."

The film stars Henry Cavill in the role of Superman/Clark Kent, alongside three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter"), Oscar®nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road"), Academy Award®winner Kevin Costner ("Dances with Wolves"), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane ("Unfaithful"), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Schiff, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe ("Gladiator").
"Man of Steel" is produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are the film's executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, "Man of Steel." The film is slated for release beginning June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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