Monday, October 29, 2012

“WALANG HANGGAN” CONCLUDES ON A HIGH NOTE

ABS-CBN's phenomenal TV drama "Walang Hanggan," topbilled by Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Melissa Ricks, Joem Bascon, Paulo Avelino, Julia Montes, and Coco Martin, recently ended on a high note as its finale soared high in the ratings game and dominated the worlwide trending topics on Twitter.

Based on the latest data of Kantar Media last Friday (October 26), ABS-CBN's top-rating drama series garnered 45.4% national TV ratings, or more than 29 points ahead versus the farewell episode of its rival program in GMA "Luna Blanca" which only got 16.1%.

Aside from winning the ratings game, "Walang Hanggan" also conquered the popular microblogging site Twitter as hashtags #WalangHangganFinale, Katerina, Paulo Avelino, and RIP Daniel became worldwide trending topics due to the numerous tweets of TV viewers about the touching scenes of Daniel (Coco) and Katerina's (Julia) deaths. The Twitter timeline was flooded with positive tweets like: "@LoveAprille: Congrats to the cast and crew for the #WalangHangganFinale! We stayed up in Sydney just to watch it! You all did an amazing job;" "@JelaiSalomeo: It was my first time to witness a happily ever after. It wasn't good. It was brilliant! #WalangHangganFinale;" and "@axlguillermo: Sobrang ganda talaga ng ending ng #WalangHangganFinale. Talagang pinaghandaan nila. Congratulations sa lahat ng cast at crew. Mahusay!"

Completing the powerhouse cast of "Walang Hanggan" are top-caliber actors including Nonie Buencamino, Ogie Diaz, Arlene Muhlach, Eda Nolan, John Medina, Shamaine Buencamino, Josh Ivan Morales, Valerie Concepcion, Dante Rivero, Richard Yap, and Eula Valdes. It was under the direction of Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Trina Dayrit.

The timeslot left by "Walang Hanggan" was taken oven by "Ina Kapatid Anak," which now airs after "Princess and I."

For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com, or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

MARIO AND ERICH SPREAD THE MAGIC OF LOVE VIA "SUDDENLY IT'S MAGIC"

Starting on Wednesday (October 31), Filipino moviegoers nationwide will finally experience the unique onscreen magic of the love team of Thai superstar Mario Maurer and Philippine sweetheart Erich Gonzales via Star Cinema's first Filipino-Thai romantic-comedy film, "Suddenly It's Magic."

With its romantic plot, beautiful scenes shot in the Philippines and Thailand, and astonishing international appeal, "Suddenly It's Magic" keeps on rousing strong positive reactions from the public, making it a daily hot topic on several social networking sites, especially on the popular microblogging site Twitter.

Even Mario is vocal about his excitement to be back in the Philippines to personally promote his first film project in the country. The Thai heartthrob will be in the Manila beginning Monday (October 29) until the first day of showing of their movie on October 31. Aside from the grand premiere night on Tuesday (October 30) at SM Megamall, Mario and Erich will also grace various ABS-CBN shows to promote their film.

Directed by Rory B. Quintos, "Suddenly It's Magic" tells the story of a Thai superstar Marcus Hanson (Maurer), who finds the magic of love in the Philippines, were he meets the heartbroken pastry baker Joey Hermosa (Gonzales).

Aside from Mario and Erich, "Suddenly It's Magic" also stars Joross Gamboa, Joy Viado, Guji Lorenzana, Ces Quesada, Dinkee Doo, John Lee and Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul.

"Suddenly It's Magic" is set to hit theatres nationwide on October 31, 2012.

“PATROL NG PILIPINO” EXPLORES THE PARANORMAL

ABS-CBN news reporter Jeff Canoy proves and busts beliefs about the existence of spirits and looks into Filipino cultural practices of remembering the dead tomorrow (Oct 30) in "Patrol ng Pilipino."

In this replay episode, Jeff gets his firsthand experience with the paranormal as he helps a grieving mother communicate with her daughter who was raped and killed through paranormal experts.

Jeff also accompanies a grandfather to a place that is believed to be a dumping site of slain victims to feel the presence of his departed wife and check if there are wandering spirits.

The episode also examines Filipinos' fondness for ghost stories and examines opposing views about ghosts and spirits featuring interviews Church leaders, sociologists, historians, and scientists. Do spirits depart from the world or are they just lingering on?

Don't miss "Patrol ng Pilipino" tomorrow night (October 30) after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN or catch it earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable ch. 26), 9:15 PM. For updates on the program, follow @Patrol_Pilipino on Twitter or likewww.facebook.com/PatrolNgPilipinoTV. To watch the last three episodes of "Patrol ng Pilipino," visit http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/patrolngpilipino.

Pilot episode of "Temptation of Wife" airs tonight, October 29

The much awaited Philippine adaptation of the top-rating Korean series "Temptation of Wife" airs its pilot episode tonight after Aso ni San Roque on GMA-7, replacing Luna Blanca, which ended last Friday.

Starring the kapuso network's Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, leading men Dennis Trillo, Rafael Rossel and actress Glaiza de Castro, "Temptation of Wife" tells of a wife, Angeline Santos (Marian), who endures the torment of being a submissive housewife to an indifferent and infidel husband Marcel (Dennis Trillo) for the sake of saving their marriage. In the end, her patience snaps and she decides she's had enough.  She rises from her meek and gentle stature and dons on a new personality -- that of a sophisticated and confident woman -- thanks to the help of a dashing gentleman named Nigel (Rafael), who's got feelings for her.  Angeline takes advantage of her new stature to take revenge against her husband and his paramour, Heidi (Glaiza), who also happens to be Angeline's former bestfriend. 

Directed by Dominic Zapata, the series also stars Rio Locsin as Minda; Raymond Bagatsing as Romeo; Michelle Madrigal as Chantal Armada; Antonio Aquitania as Leo; Ayen Munji-Laurel as Lady Armada;Bettina Carlos as Madel; Rez Cortez as Abner and Ms. Cherie Gil as Stella.  

The original (Korean) version of the series garnered very high ratings when it first aired in GMA's afternoon prime block prompting the network to re-run it in its primetime (Telebabad) block.  Even during its second run, the series still reaped very high ratings even besting other locally-produced dramas.

Although the Philippine version won't deviate much from the original, some elements and characters have been adapted to suit the taste of local viewers.  The story was tweaked a bit to fit into the local context with the hope of making it more relatable to the Filipino audience.

"Temptation of Wife" airs from Monday to Friday, after Aso ni San Roque (9:00pm) on GMA Telebabad.  

For the latest updates about the show, follow its official Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TemptationOfWife2012) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/gmatow) accounts.   

Netizens are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TemptationOfWife.

GET GIFT IDEAS ON FOOD MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL GIFT GUIDE, “PRESENTS PERFECT”

The most scrumptious, exquisite, and delightful gifts will be featured on FOOD Magazine's annual gift guide titled "Presents Perfect" which offers the perfect gift for everyone with a selection of over 120 budget friendly and 80 luxury products.

FOOD Magazine will offer the budget edition which features products under P1,000 this November while those who want to indulge in luxury products over P1,000 must watch out for the December issue.

Classic favorites to new discoveries, from known caterers, stores, specialty shops to home-based bakers, the lineup of goodies featured in the magazine is endless.  "Presents Perfect" has a selection of cakes, pastries, macarons, chocolates, cheeses, pates, wines, roast meats and other savory dishes, along with kitchen appliances, glass and dinnerware, kitchen tools and much, much more.

This year, FOOD Magazine will stage an all-food bazaar, perfect for your holiday gift shopping. Joining the "Presents Perfect" bazaar are the merchants featured on FOOD Magazine such as Everyday Mom, Zentiments, Gana Vida, Gigi's Custaroons, Green Daisy, J Cuppacakes, Kate Bakes, Pastelleria Mallorca, Twisted Candy and many more.

Chocolate lovers will enjoy the event highlights which include a chocolate eating contest, a chocolate cupcake competition and a talk on being a chocolate connoisseur. Apart from these, there will be a chocolate fondue fountain and a chocolate bar with special beverages made of chocolate.

FOOD Magazine first introduced "Presents Perfect" in 1995, and has since then grown into an annual gift catalog that are very much looked forward to by readers and bakers alike.

The free for all "Presents Perfect" event will be held this November 10 to 11 at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Robinsons Magnolia. For updates, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FoodMag and follow them on Twitter @FoodMag.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

DANIEL CRAIG AIMS FOR BEST JAMES BOND EVER IN “SKYFALL”

             Daniel Craig leads the cast of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' "Skyfall," his third film as James Bond 007. "Bond is actually remarkably difficult part to play, because he says very little, and the moment you make him say too much, it's not Bond anymore," says Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

             "He operates on instinct a lot of the time. He has his own inner demons and he doesn't reveal them to other characters, and yet the audience needs to be aware of them, especially in this particular movie," Mendes adds. "In `Skyfall,' the audience has got to see him, in a sense, fall apart and put himself back together again, but none of the other characters see what's really going on behind the curtain. Daniel's done that, I think, brilliantly."

             It was Craig who invited his friend, Mendes, to direct "Skyfall." "When we started talking about it, I felt a connection with someone who had exactly the same enthusiasm and respect for the Bond films that I did," says Craig. "And, of course, I deeply respect Sam as a director. I said to him, 'This is going to be a new experience for you – trust me, because I made two of them and it was a very new experience for me. Nothing can quite prepare you.'"

             "Daniel's one of the greatest actors that we've ever had," says producer Barbara Broccoli. "He has inhabited the role of Bond and he's pushed it in directions that one wouldn't have thought possible. Starting with `Casino Royale' and going into `Quantum of Solace,' and certainly in this film, he really reveals Bond's inner life in a way that we've never seen before, in a way that author Ian Fleming does in the books, where you really feel as if you understand the inner turmoil and complexity and conflicts. With this screenplay and with Sam, we've unearthed a lot of the emotion connected to Bond's own past and mined the dramatic tension that stems from that."

             Broccoli explains that "Skyfall" explores the relationship between Bond and M (Judi Dench) – perhaps more than in any of the 22 previous films. "We wanted to really mine the relationship between Bond and M, because it is the most significant relationship he has in his life," says the producer. "M is the only person who represents authority to him. You have two extraordinary actors, and we just thought - let's go all the way. It's worked extremely well. It's a very emotional story."

             "Their relationship is based on mutual respect," says Craig. "They both know that every time the chips are down, one of them will have to make a sacrifice – it's difficult to have a touchy-feely relationship with someone under those circumstances. But at the same time – and Sam was very keen on this – Bond's always had in the back of his mind that there's a bit more. It's something he never shows, but the connection is there – and I get a kick out of that as an actor, to play a life you can't show."

             Bond audiences expect that a Bond film will deliver plenty of action, and off course, no actor had more stunts than Craig. Co-star Javier Bardem describes watching Craig take on the role: "There is some physicality to the role that you have to be prepared to do, but of course mine compared to Daniel's was nothing. And he does the action scenes so easily – From the outside, watching him, I was thinking, 'If I were you, I wouldn't be doing that!'" Bardem laughs. "I mean, I did a little bit, but nothing in comparison to with what Daniel did."

             "Daniel's an extremely hard working actor, probably the hardest working actor I've ever seen," says producer Michael G. Wilson. "And it's not only the mental preparation, but the physical preparation. He works out like a demon, like a professional athlete. He is really committed to the role, committed to being Bond."

             Broccoli adds, "Daniel contributes a great deal to designing the action and the fights in particular and he's the one who really pulls it off, because he wants to do as much of it as he possibly can. We were in Turkey for the train sequence and I had my heart in my mouth the whole time; he and Ola Rapace were fighting on the roof of a moving train and the moves that they were doing were just heart stopping. Daniel's the reason why the action works as well as it does because he sells it, he's up there and I think audiences know that."

             Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 31, "Skyfall" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. 

Kapuso Milyoradyo Winner Receives One Million Peso Grand Prize

Kapuso Milyoradyo winner Larry C. Escobar received his one million peso grand prize from GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon and RGMA President and COO Mike C. Enriquez on October 18. 

Escobar, a former OFW and an avid listener of DZBB, said that he will put his winnings in the bank, and also share a portion of it with his family. 

Also present were (from left) RGMA Senior Area Manager and DWLS-FM Program Director Glenn F. Allona, DZBB News Director Norilyn D. Temblor, Escobar's mother Angelina Escobar, and RGMA COO and Operations Consultant Butch V. Gonzales. 

Kapuso Milyoradyo, a promo campaign spearheaded by GMA Radio, also gave away P100,000 each to three lucky winners. 

"This is a chance for our nationwide listeners to not only enjoy, but also to try their luck in becoming a millionaire. We look forward to launching a bigger Kapuso Milyoradyo in 2013," said Enriquez.

Friday, October 26, 2012

ANNE AND TONI CHALLENGE SARAH IN A CONCERT BATTLE THIS SUNDAY

2012 FAMAS Best Actress Anne Curtis and ultimate multimedia star Toni Gonzaga are all set for the grand showdown of beauty and talent this Sunday (October 28) as they visit Popstar Sarah Geronimo's solo musical variety show "Sarah G. Live!" Aside from Anne and Toni, watch out also for the back-to-back-to-back musical performances of Jericho Rosales, JM de Guzman and Apri Boy Regino; followed by the breath-taking smash-up dance number of "Aryana" lead stars Ella Cruz, Michelle Vito, and Francis Magundayao; and the special production number of "Pinoy Big Brother" big winners Melai Cantiveros and Myrtle Sarrosa. Meanwhile, don't miss Sarah's another exciting adventure as a candle maker with comedian Lassie; and the return of Echo and Robi Domingo as the Popstar's guest co-host. Still with Sarah in the upcoming episode are her resident dance royalty Gab Valenciano, and co-host Luis Manzano. Don't miss the trending and top Sunday primetime show of ABS-CBN, "Sarah G. Live!" 8:15pm, after "Rated K." For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.comor follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter and like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

THAI SUPERSTAR MARIO MAURER FLIES TO PHILIPPINES TO PROMOTE “SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC”

Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer will be coming again to Manila on Monday (October 29) to promote his first movie in the Philippines, "Suddenly It's Magic." Together with her leading lady Erich Gonzales, Mario is set to visit various ABS-CBN shows starting Monday and will grace the highly anticipated grand premiere night of their film this Tuesday (October 30) at SM Megamall. Star Cinema's first Filipino-Thai film "Suddenly It's Magic" will hit theaters nationwide on Wednesday (October 31). For more updates about "Suddenly It's Magic," simply visit www.StarCinema.com.ph,http://facebook.com/StarCinema and http://twitter.com/StarCinema.

CINEMA ONE 'S HALLOWEEN OFFERING: “SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY”: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HORROR MOVIE EXTRA

Screened at the seventh Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Cinema One brings back the  lovable "Dakilang Extra" Lilia Cuntapay through the award-winning  "Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay" in a special theatrical run in SM Theaters this Halloween beginning October 31. 

 

The critically acclaimed movie that won numerous awards features Cuntapay's life as an often disregarded old woman who portrays ghostly and sinister roles in various Filipino horror films. Writer-director Antoinette Jadaone's directing style aims to show who Lilia Cuntapay is, outside her big horror façade. "This movie will definitely be about the heartbreaks and the joyous life of Lilia Cuntapay," Jadaone said. 


"I talked to Nanay Lilia and reminded her that in this film, she's not a paranormal figure. She won't show her finesse in horror but rather what she really is in real life. I infused some animations and surrealism in this movie, but it still remains truthful," she added. 

Cuntapay won the Best Actress award at the Cinema One Originals awards while the film won Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Audience Choice Award, Special Jury Prize and Best Supporting Actress for Geraldine Villamil. 

"Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay" is Jadaone's first full-length feature. The film veers away from Cuntapay's same-old-story role. 

According to a review written by Karen of audreymagazine.com, "Six Degrees will have you laughing and feeling good throughout. Whether her portrayal in this mockumentary is just part of the show or not, Cuntapay comes off as very adorable, quirky, and imaginative."  Both the film and Cuntapay as a celebrity were big hits with the festival audience in Italy and South Korea.


Get to know the popular white lady behind most horror films on "Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay" showing in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Sta. Mesa, and SM Bacoor beginning October 31. 

“Bully” film to launch anti-bullying campaign

The Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC), in cooperation with Solar Entertainment, is bringing the acclaimed documentary "Bully" to the Philippines. The film, directed by Lee Hirsch, will have a limited theatrical run in November, after the by-invitation premiere on November 13, 6:30 PM, at Robinson's Galleria Cinema 4.

 

The film focuses on the alarming rise in bullying faced by teenage students in America. It chronicles the experiences of victims in high schools in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, focusing on the cases of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, both of which tragically ended in suicide.

 

JBEC will use this powerful documentary to launch the anti-bullying campaign, "Not in Our School," endorsed by the popular sportsman, Chris Tiu.  The advocacy is aligned with the DepEd's Child Protection Policy which seeks to defend the student from any form of abuse, including bullying. In light of recent local and international headlines about bullying, this film can be a timely wake-up call for all involved: parents, teachers, administrators, and especially students.

 

In addition to its theatrical screening, JBEC is offering several Saturday block screenings in Robinson's Galleria for schools who want to show the film exclusively for their community. In addition, schools can also sponsor campus screenings for a minimal fee. To enhance its use as a formative tool, JBEC will provide teachers and parents with a discussion guide to facilitate processing of the complex message of the movie. Interested schools may contact jbec@xs.edu.ph or moviesnevents@solar-entertaiment.com for bookings.

 

Fr. Johnny Go, SJ, JBEC chair, hopes this campaign will lead schools to adopt a pro-active stance against bullying, with each stakeholder committing and contributing to a nurturing and bully-free school environment that is the right of every student.  "We hope this movie can reach as wide an audience as possible, especially among our students," he says. "At the very least, it should heighten awareness of this issue and begin productive discussions and reflections about a real problem that can no longer be ignored."

 

The "Bully" hits theaters starting November 14. It is rated PG-13 by the MTRCB.

 

·         Link  to the facebook bullyproject.philippines  http://www.facebook.com/TheBullyProjectPh

·         Link to the official Bully trailer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUy2ZWoStr0&feature=fvwrel

'PHR PARAISO' PRESSCON PHOTOS

Check out some photos from the press conference of ABS-CBN's newest afternoon soap "Precious Hearts Romances Presents Paraiso" starring Matteo Guidicelli and Jessy Mendiola. Photography by Allan Sancon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MOVING TALE ON FAMILY DYSFUNCTION IN “TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE”

             Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven"), Oscar® nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter," "Doubt"), and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network," "Friends with Benefits") star in Warner Bros.' "Trouble with the Curve," which marks the feature film directorial debut of Eastwood's longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz.

             In the film, Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.

He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game.

Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer's booth…and has eyes for Mickey. The main cast also includes John Goodman as Gus's old friend and boss, Pete Klein, and Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson, the Braves' associate director of scouting.

"'Trouble with the Curve' is a story about how we deal with what life throws at us," describes director/producer Robert Lorenz. "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."

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."

Opening across the Philippines on November, "Trouble With The Curve" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ARMIES WILL ASSEMBLE ON HERO TV THIS NOVEMBER

Hero TV will assemble an army of cutting-edge anime this November which features brand new and returning titles under this month's theme, "Silver Squadron".

The theme aims to empower viewers as silver mirrors the soul and therefore strengthens astral and physical capabilities. With this in mind, Hero brings non-stop live action programs this month! Watch "Rescue Force" as they protect their city from invaders on HERO THEATRIXX this November 11 and 25 at 12:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the "Ultraman Mebius" as they battle with creatures who want to conquer Earth beginning November 23 at 10:00 p.m. with replays at 4:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Everyone's favorite series inspired by an online game, ".Hack// Legend of Twilight" will hit screens this November 2 at 7:00 p.m. with replays at 1:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Also join the adventures of Minagami Hayato in "Skullman" as he unravels the mystery of a murderer wearing a skull mask beginning November 11 at 5:30 p.m. with replays at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Vash the Stampede in "Trigun", the outlaw with a 60 billion dollar reward on his head beginning November 27 every 9:00 p.m. with replays at 3:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.

For those who want to finish an anime title in one sitting, Hero TV presents their newest offering called "Weekend Hyper Anime Marathon" airing from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. every Saturday of the month which will feature these gripping titles: "Project Blue Earth SOS", "Devil May Cry", "Mission E" and "Kyoshiro and the Eternal Sky".

Anime fans will also be treated to timeless returning titles such as "Absolutely Lovely Children", "Detective Loki", "Familiar of Zero" and "Jackie Chan's Fantasia". Featured on "Dubber's Cut" this November are the voices behind the anime "Trigun".

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 www.myheronation.com.

ANNE AND KARYLLE GIVE HEART-STOPPING CIRCUS PERFORMANCE IN “IT’S SHOWTIME”

"It's Showtime" hosts Anne Curtis and Karylle astounded the madlang people when they became circus performers Monday (Oct 22) for the annual talent showdown of hosts that marks the third anniversary of the program.

The pair rendered a breathtaking performance which included eating shipworm (tamilok) and crickets, fire dancing, aerial acrobatics, and synchronized swimming in a bid to win the P100,000 for their chosen charity.

Yesterday (Oct 23), Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz delighted audiences with their videoke-inspired song and dance number that featured the popular

Oppa Gangnam Style, actress Cristine Reyes, child star Bugoy Carino, and the Sexbomb Girls.

The two tandems will battle fellow hosts Vhong Navarro and Billy Crawford, Vice Ganda and Jhong Hilario, Kuya Kim Atienza and Ryan Bang, and the team of Coleen Garcia, Eric 'Eruption' Tai, and Baby Joy who will also be performing this week. What stunts and shockers will the others come up with?

The acts were not the only revelation in the show as Diamond Star Maricel Soriano was also revealed to make a special appearance in "It's Showtime" this week as judge for the talent face-off alongside Jericho Rosales, Eula Valdez, and talent managers Alfie Lorenzo and Cornelia Lee or Tita Angge.

The 'pasikatan for a cause' will also usher in the new season of the noontime program with new surprises and segments for solid Showtimers. 

Meanwhile, Gollayan family of Santiago, Isabela triumphed over eight families to win P1 million in the Bida Kapamilya grand finals last Saturday (Oct 20) with their extraordinary 'birit' song and dance number, which earned a perfect score of 10 and a standing ovation from the judges. 

Viewers also tuned in to the much-anticipated Bida Kapamilya grand finals as "It's Showtime" registered a national TV rating of 16.4% against rival GMA's "Eat Bulaga" with only 15.5%, based on data from Kantar Media.

Don't miss the talent showdown for a cause in "It's Showtime," weekdays and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. sa ABS-CBN.

Monday, October 22, 2012

15,000 FANS PACK THE BIG DOME FOR “WALANG HANGGAN” CONCERT

15,000 screaming fans recently filled Smart Araneta Coliseum for the grand 'Walang Hanggang Pasasalamat' thanksgiving concert of ABS-CBN's phenomenal TV drama "Walang Hanggan."

Leading the celebration are the series' lead stars namely Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Helen Gamboa, Susan Roces, Melissa Ricks, Joem Bascon, Paulo Avelino, Julia Montes, and Coco Martin. Completing the powerhouse cast are top-caliber actors who became a huge part of the ten-month phenomenal sucess of the show including Nonie Buencamino, Ogie Diaz, Arlene Muhlach, Eda Nolan, John Medina, Shamaine Buencamino, Josh Ivan Morales, Valerie Concepcion, Dante Rivero, Richard Yap, and Eula Valdes.

Aside from the romantic chemistry of the event's hosts Dawn and Richard, the whole cast treated their fans with non-stop memorable production numbers featuring the special tell-all interviews of Melissa, Joem, and Paulo with the ultimate multimedia star Toni Gonzaga; Susan and Helen with the unkabogable TV host-actor Vice Ganda, which brought the crowd screaming when 'Doña Margaret' had a 'Gangnam Style' dance showdown with Vice; Dawn and Richard with the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, where CharDawn fans successfully asked their idols for a kiss; and  Coco and Julia with the Asia's King of Talk Boy Abunda, where the two admitted that they will agree to marry each other if the world is about end.

Aside from the cast, also in the momentous event were world-class singers who sang the "Walang Hanggan" official theme songs including Gary Valenciano, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Juris, Aiza Seguerra, Bryan Termulo, Bugoy Drilon, and Liezel Garcia. The well-loved soundtracks were played during the concert by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Gerard Salonga.

Don't miss the phenomenal finale of the love story of Marco (Richard), Emily (Dawn), Katerina (Julia), and Daniel (Coco) in the last week of "Walang Hanggan" after "Princess and I" in ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida. For more information, log on to www.walanghanggan.abs-cbn.com, or like @walanghanggan_sa Twitter.

NEW COMEDY FINDS LOVE AT “THE END OF THE WORLD”

            We've all imagined the end of the world – along with the attendant floods, fires, earthquakes, pandemic viruses, and the asteroid hurtling towards Earth which will be destroyed at the last possible moment by human intervention of epic proportions. That is not the end of the world as writer-director Lorene Scafaria sees it.

              In writing her feature directorial debut, Focus Features' "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" starring Steve Carell and Keira Knigtley, Scafaria was more intrigued by what could happen to ordinary people – and how they would interact with each other – in the days preceding The Event.

             Scafaria found herself casting a cockeyed glance at "apocalyptic tradition." She notes, "I had a small obsession with 'the end is near,' and a larger obsession with love. So it became a fun challenge to see what would happen when worlds collide – so to speak. I figured I would keep the screenplay at a very human level in scope and tell a story of relationships; what people would do, and how a person with feelings towards another person would be affected."

              The writer/director didn't necessarily want to make "a 'road movie.' I kept trying not to write it as that, though eventually I gave in and started to embrace the concept a little more – but I keep halting the lead characters' road trip because of basic things like gas. They find themselves in some pickles along their route."

              A couple of drafts were written, but work stopped and Scafaria's perspective changed once her father fell ill and passed away. She reflects, "I took six months off. Then I came back and rewrote the script, concentrating more on the concept of time – having it, and losing it." Ultimately, she offers, "There is a lot in this story that is me; of the two lead characters, I'm more the Penny type, but I have a strong dose of Dodge in me as well.

              "Up until this tipping point, these two people have lived their lives very differently. As much as Dodge has avoided life, Penny has been diving in head first. Together, they find they can face the end of the world."

             Producer Mark Roybal notes that he found the script "wholly original and surprising. The story has a big concept, yet never loses sight of its humanity because Lorene is always in tune with evoking real emotions. I was tremendously moved by it – I found myself laughing and crying by the end of the script, which is very rare. I think my strong response was emotional because Lorene is telling a story about a thrilling, thought-provoking situation in which you are potentially going on the most important journey of your life by yourself."

              Well before the whole world and/or one's own life might end, every one of us ponders how we will face that moment. Steve Carell says, "I think Lorene Scafaria's story beautifully transcends aspects of the normalcy of life. The movie is about finding the value of life, and finding what makes you happy."

             Scafaria reflects, "Time is the great equalizer, and our time here is limited. Everyone can relate to that, and hopefully learn from it. One of the most precious things you can offer to another person is your time."

             Keira Knightley offers, "For these two, it's about what suddenly becomes important. I think what's actually being said here is, why do we not live as we should live? Why do we not see what things are important? Why do we not spend time with the people that we love? We act as if we have 'tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,' but what if we don't?

             "That's why I found the story so optimistic; aside from the occasional riot, positive things will come forth from humanity at the turning point."

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt3 and Trinoma).

"THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU, MARE" HITS THE P200-M IN TWO WEEKS

Star Cinema's wild comedy event of the year "This Guy's in Love With U Mare," topbilled by Toni Gonzaga, Luis Manzano and Vice Ganda, has ruled the local box office, raking P200 million in just two weeks. 

With their fillm's box-office success, the whole cast and director Wenn V. Deramas are grateful to all the moviegoers who have warmly supported them.

"Maraming salamat sa lahat," said Direk Wenn. "Masayang-masaya kami dahil over 'yung suporta ng tao sa movie namin bawat araw. Sobra kaming nag-enjoy noong ginagawa namin ito at talagang nagreflect naman ito sa pelikula pati sa mga manonood." 

Toni, meanwhile, is proud that she experienced an extra-ordinary 'first time' through "This Guy's In Love With You, Mare." The actress related, "Natutuwa ako kasi first time kong ma-experince yung ganung outcome ng movie ever in my life. Syempre grateful kami sa sumuporta, nanood at naniwala sa peliuklang ito." 

Aside from the huge success of their comedy flick, Luis shared that he will never forget how he personally witnessed the great talent of his friends while doing their first project together. "Noong sinimulan namin ang 'This Guy's In Love With You, Mare,' kaibigan lang ako nina Toni at Vice. But we ended this movie na naging fan ako nina Toni at Vice," the TV host-actor said. 

Vice, on the other hand, dedicates to God his latest box-office victory. "Thank you talaga kay Lord. Alam ko kasing napunta ako sa mahusay na team kaya alam kong magiging maganda ang kalalabasan ng pelikula namin," Vice said. "Isa ito sa mga nagawa kong project na wala akong naramdamang stress kaya hindi nakapagtatakang mauulit ito." 

Don't miss the third blockbuster week of "This Guy's In Love With You, Mare" still showing in cinemas nationwide. 

After "This Guys In Love With You, Mare," Star Cinema will immediately release "Suddenly It's Magic," the highly anticipated romantic-comedy film topbilled by Thai superstar Mario Maurer and Philippine sweetheart Erich Gonzales. Under the direction of Rory B. Quintos, "Suddenly It's Magic" will hit theaters nationwide on October 31 (Wednesday).

For more information about "This Guy's In Love With You, Mare" and "Suddenly It's Magic," log on to http://www.StarCinema.com.ph/,http://facebook.com/StarCinema and http://twitter.com/StarCinema.

Pinoy version of Temptation of Wife begins October 29

The Koreanovela that dramatically hooked Filipino viewers to their TV screens makes a big comeback as GMA Network brings the Pinoy adaptation of the top-rating drama, TEMPTATION OF WIFE. 

Starting October 29, Temptation of Wife, which scored phenomenal ratings success when it was aired twice in the network, gets a "Filipinized" version with the most bankable Kapuso actors portraying the well-loved roles in the original Korean series. 

Leading the grand ensemble of cast is no less than Primetime QueenMarian Rivera as she breathes life to the character of Angeline Santos, the main protagonist of the series who will transform from a timid and submissive wife to a cunning, feisty and reformed woman to avenge herself against her husband and her best friend. 

Playing the role of Angeline's irresponsible and unfaithful husbandMarcel Salcedo is award-winning dramatic actor Dennis Trillo. Dennis has clearly established himself as one of the most talented and versatile leading men in the industry and with his latest TV endeavour, he is set to show a new dimension to his acting ability and charm the hearts of millions of Filipinos. 

Tasked to reprise the equally popular character of Angeline's hard-hearted best friend Heidi Fernandez is multitalented actress Glaiza de Castro. With her new role as the ruthless Heidi, Glaiza will deliver another exceptional performance as the woman who will do anything to get what she wants even to the point of forsaking her family, betraying and even conspiring to kill her childhood best friend. 

Set to portray the role of warm and caring Nigel Armada is newest Kapuso Rafael Rosell. Rafael feels very honoured and excited as he dabbles on his first primetime lead role which will surely make even more female fans swooning over him. 

GMA Network is proud to present a stellar cast of the country's most respected artists in film and television: Rio Locsin as Minda; Raymond Bagatsing as Romeo; Michelle Madrigal as Chantal Armada; Antonio Aquitania as Leo; Ayen Munji-Laurel as Lady Armada; Bettina Carlosas Madel; Rez Cortez as Abner and Ms. Cherie Gil as Stella. 

Angeline and Heidi share a deep bond of friendship ever since Heidi was orphaned and was taken under the custody of Angeline's parents, Abner and Minda. Angeline grows up responsible and compassionate while Heidi, fuelled by ambition and envy, secretly detests Angeline and always feels inferior next to her. 

Many boys are attracted to Angeline but she falls in love with Marcel. It doesn't take long before Angeline becomes pregnant and gives up on her dreams of becoming a make up artist in order to marry Marcel. 

Although their marriage is void of happiness, Angeline tries to be an excellent wife to her husband, and takes good care of her in-laws, Romeo and Stella. However, she soon learns that the life she chose is full of lies and betrayals. Adding to her woes is her unexpected miscarriage. 

She soon discovers that Marcel is cheating on her and shocked to learn of Heidi's treachery. Angeline is devastated by the thought of being betrayed by the two people closest to her heart. 

Marcel decides to end his affair with Heidi but Heidi is already pregnant with his child. He chooses to live with her as Angeline is forced to go back and stay with her parents. But Angeline finds out that she, too, is pregnant with Marcel's child. 

Marcel and Heidi plot to kill Angeline and disguise her death as suicide. But by a twist of fate, Angeline survives and is back for revenge. She assumes the identity of another woman and seeks out vengeance against Marcel and Heidi. 

Now, it's time for pay back and Angeline will do everything to taste the bittersweet part of her revenge. How will Marcel react to a woman who looks exactly like his supposed dead wife, Angeline? And when fate begins to favor the once oppressed Angeline, how will she turn the tables on Marcel and Heidi who once betrayed and punished her? 

With Director Dominic Zapata at the helm, GMA Network's Temptation of Wife will definitely make primetime viewing more intense and empowering with its intriguing and absorbing storyline and interesting characters. 

Temptation of Wife premieres October 29, Mondays to Fridays replacing Luna Blanca right after Aso ni San Roque on GMA Telebabad.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

HOP IN AND TAKE A RIDE IN JEEPNEY TV’S NOSTALGIC KAPAMILYA OFFERINGS

Travel back to your favorite Kapamilya programs by taking a ride on Jeepney TV, the newest cable channel of ABS-CBN that will offer well-loved and timeless shows and movies that highlight the best of Pinoy TV.

Jeepney TV's primetime programming brings back television's top-rating comedies via its "Tawa Way Zone". Comedy King Dolphy's long-running series "Home Along da Riles" will charm today's audiences anew as it airs daily on weekdays at 7:00 PM. This will be followed at 8:00 PM by back-to-back episodes of "Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis" with Maricel Soriano and Cesar Montano on Mondays and "Whattamen" with Rico Yan, Marvin Agustin and Dominic Ochoa on Tuesdays.

Aga Muhlach's adventures and misadventures as a young veterinarian in "Oki Doki Doc" air on Wednesdays, while "Pwedeng-Pwede" with Robin Padilla and Redford White bring on the laughs on Thursdays and the  irreverent bunch of "Goin' Bananas" rule on Fridays. The award-winning political satire "Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata" makes its comeback on Saturdays at 7:00 PM.

Apart from these comedy classics, Jeepney TV offers unforgettable teleseryes on weeknights such as "It Might Be You", which propelled the John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo team-up and "Pangako Sa 'Yo" starring Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa, the immortal hit that has been syndicated in many other countries and will soon have a Cambodian adaptation by 2013.

Jeepney TV has commissioned none other than Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano, to do a new version of his '80's hit "Eto Na Naman" , which will serve as the channel's theme. As the song goes, "Nawawala... bumabalik, Eto na naman!", other beloved ABS-CBN shows such as "Ang TV", "Game KNB?", "Ryan Ryan Musikahan" and "Gimik" will keep TV's beautiful memories alive.

Jeepney TV airs 24 hours a day via SkyCable Channel 69 beginning October 22. For programming schedules and updates, like their Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/JeepneyTV

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

TOM HARDY, FROM “DARK KNIGHT RISES” TO “LAWLESS”

Fresh from terrorizing Gotham City as the formidable villain Bane in the blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" last July, Tom Hardy is back on the big screen as a ruthless gangster in The Weinstein Company's epic thriller "Lawless."

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma) starting Oct. 24, "Lawless" is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: three bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Based on author Matt Bondurant's fictionalized account of his family, The Wettest County in the World, the film gathers an ensemble of gifted, dynamic new-generation stars – LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Mia Wasikowska – alongside two of the finest actors of their generations, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

A riveting, intense story of crime and corruption, loyalty and love, brutality and tenderness, "Lawless" is a rich addition to the American gangster canon.

Shia LaBeouf had been looking for opportunities to work with acclaimed English actor Tom Hardy. The two had struck up a friendship after LaBeouf sent Hardy a fan email about his arresting performance in the crime biopic "Bronson," and had begun forwarding scripts back and forth to one another. LaBeouf sent Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World to Hardy, followed by Nick Cave's screenplay for "Lawless." Hardy loved them both, and proved to be ideal casting for the role of quiet, fearless and fearsome Forrest Bondurant.

Director John Hillcoat was also keen to work with Hardy, whose reputation as an exceptional talent preceded him. "I kept hearing about this incredible guy called Tom Hardy. I started watching his work, and I was awestruck - he was amazing. I could also see Tom and Shia as brothers. And Tom's take on the character was quite audacious - he saw Forrest as the matriarch and the patriarch of the family, in the wake of their parents' deaths. He wanted to explore Forrest's softer side and play him in a quiet, contained way."

Hillcoat adds, "By taking on the roles of the mother and the father of this family, he was really responsible and very caring, especially towards his brothers. But because of the time and the culture, he is unable to articulate it. Tom's approach was very much about the different emotional textures there were to Forrest and how distilled and controlled he was. It was a unique and fascinating attitude towards the character."
Tom Hardy has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. He most recently appeared in Christopher Nolan's critically hailed "Inception," alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page.
Hardy rejoined Nolan on "The Dark Knight Rises" where he played the villain role of Bane opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.
Other films include "Warrior," opposite Joel Edgerton, the story of two estranged brothers facing the fight of a lifetime, an inspirational action drama from director Gavin O'Connor; also "This Means War," and the Cold War thriller, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" with Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

Monday, October 15, 2012

JAVIER BARDEM BRINGS ON THE MENACE IN “SKYFALL”

As Spain's most internationally acclaimed actor, Javier Bardem has captivated audiences worldwide with his diverse performances. In 2008, Bardem received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling portrayal of sociopath killer, Anton Chigurh, in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men.

Now, Bardem plays Silva, the man who puts MI6 – Britain's secret intelligence agency -- at risk, in Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' "Skyfall," the 23rd 007 James Bond installment which is the longest-running film franchise in history.
In "Skyfall," James Bond's (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Bardem is no stranger to playing dark and complex characters. "When I read the script, I was immediately drawn to the story and the character's possibilities. To work with Sam Mendes and to be a part of his incredible cast and crew, I couldn't say no to an opportunity like this," says Bardem.

Director Sam Mendes says that the key to a great Bond villain is to strike a certain balance. "The performance has to be real enough, but also have flamboyance," he says. "The great ones – the Dr. Nos', the Rosa Klebbs', the Goldfingers' – are ever-so-slightly theatrical and yet are all the more frightening because of it. For Silva, Javier allowed himself to be playful and mischievous, but never lost the danger, the mystery, the strangeness, the otherness. I think he's done something wonderful."

Bardem describes his character, Silva, as "An angel of death – a very clean-shaven person who happens to be rotten on the inside."

The Oscar®-winning actor explains finding the character inside the villain. "He has a very personal objective – he's not trying to destroy the world," he says. "And he is on a straight line to that objective: he is a man seeking revenge. It's about being focused on the one person he wants to eliminate."

"It's always about who's the person behind the character," he continues. "It would be very difficult for me to play a role that I just saw as some kind of symbol. In this case, there is a man suffering, a man full of pain and frustration, who simply wants to fix the situation. Within that journey, there was room to be funny or aggressive, but I could perfectly understand who he was, and that helped me to portray him."

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 31, "Skyfall" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.

Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta and Nora Aunor in Artista Academy this Week

Artista Academy's top 6 grand finalists experience a rare privilege this week as they get to interact with no less than the biggest and brightest stars of Philippine show business -- Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and Superstar Nora Aunor. 

Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales, Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica know that they now face tougher challenges as their Artista Academy journey culminates in the Grand Awards Night to be held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum on October 27. It is a great opportunity for them to be personally inspired and encouraged by the most successful of allartistas in Philippine showbiz. 

This Wednesday, Artista Academy airs the courtesy visit of Mark Neumann to the office of Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who is proud to be have a Batangueño in the grand finals of TV5's grandest artista search. The Star for All Seasons shares with Mark her journey to stardom from the time she started as a child actress at the young age of nine. She also gives Mark a personal "lucky charm" to always remind him to keep striving to be better at what he does and to never stop learning to hone his talents.

On Thursday, it's Sharon Cuneta's turn to give her words of inspiration as all six Artista Academy Honor Students converse with the Megastar and ask questions about the challenges, hardships and triumphs of her showbiz career.

Moreover, Akihiro, Mark and Vin are given the chance to do what almost all Filipino artistas dream of: they will be acting with Superstar Nora Aunor in a short film to be shown in this Saturday's Live Exam. Behind-the-scene footages of the shoot as well as the Superstar's comments about the Artista Academy boys will be shown in this Friday's episode.

Artista Academy airs weeknights at 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on TV5.

'LOBO' IS 1ST PH SERIES TO AIR IN THAILAND

The Philippines' most successfully distributed canned TV series worldwide, "Pangako sa'Yo" ("The Promise"), will soon be localized in Cambodia after Cambodian Television Network (CTN) bought its format from ABS-CBN, the Philippines' leading and largest multimedia conglomerate. 

"Pangako sa'Yo," produced by ABS-CBN in 2000, is one of the network's top-raters of all time, headlined by premiere Filipino actors Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa as Angelo (Rosales) and Yna (Hermosa).  The main characters will soon have their Cambodian counterparts as CTN targets to start production by the first quarter of 2013. 

The adaptation of "Pangako sa'Yo" in Cambodia marks a milestone in Philippine broadcasting history, particularly for ABS-CBN that is known as the Philippine leader in producing world-class TV drama series. ABS-CBN now joins the ranks of the world's most competitive content suppliers with this format buy. 

The landmark deal between ABS-CBN and CTN was made possible by ABS-CBN's International Distribution Division, which to date has sold over 30,000 hours of content, making it available to over 50 territories worldwide. ABS-CBN's canned programs have successfully penetrated territories in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Its most recent addition is Thailand where one of its top-rating drama series, "Lobo" ("She Wolf: the Last Sentinel") will soon debut as the first Philippine TV program to air on Thai television. 

ABS-CBN International Distribution head Leng Raymundo said Philippine TV series, particularly ABS-CBN's drama series, have been widely received and distinctively known for their cast's international appeal, series length that adapts well to programmers' needs, and content with a universal appeal that people can relate to. 

"The global viewers recognize and demand for ABS-CBN programs as they remain true to local cultural sensitivities. It has a definite global appeal, heart warming relatable stories that have high production values, and good-looking actors that cross borders," Raymundo said. 

ABS-CBN programs, mostly in drama formats, have been dubbed in English, Khmer, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, and French.  They have also been subtitled in Bahasa Melayu and Romanian. 

"Tayong Dalawa" ("The Two of Us") also made history as the first Filipino program in Singapore's telenovela belt while "Sana'y Wala ng Wakas" ("Timeless"), which is also topbilled by Rosales and Hermosa, was so well received by viewers in Malaysia that it even rated higher than hit US series "Smallville." 

Among French-speaking territories, ABS-CBN's "Magkaribal" ("Rivals") dubbed in French is steadily gaining viewers. 

ABS-CBN International Distribution was also the first to distribute content in Myanmar, when "My Girl" premiered in 2011. 

Raymundo said the content ABS-CBN shows appeals to viewers from different parts of the world as more and more dealers express interest and acquire the network's various canned programs. 

She added that the success of these international runs have turned some of the Filipino actors and actresses into celebrities in other countries.  Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa now have foreign fans from different countries after their series "Pangako sa'Yo" was distributed in over 20 territories since 2002. The show was aired on China's national television and rated second in overall local and foreign programs airing in the country.  

Rosales recounted during one of his trips to Ghana how he was overwhelmingly received by his African fans. He was caught off guard and was so surprised that they would want to have their photos taken with him and would even call him by his character name. He was widely recognized in the territory that he didn't get to leave his hotel room for security purposes. 

With its growing recognition in the global media distribution landscape, ABS-CBN International Distribution further expands its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies and offers them to more territories in the world.

Friday, October 12, 2012

20th CENTURY FOX ANIMATION, BLUE SKY STUDIOS AND PEANUTS WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCE ICONIC PEANUTS GANG TO HIT THEATERS

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have acquired rights to make a feature film based on the late Charles Schulz's beloved and iconic "Peanuts" franchise.  The agreement is the culmination of over two years of discussions – focused on the film's creative direction – between the Studio and members of the Schulz family.  The announcement was made by Vanessa Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
 
The as yet untitled animated event will be released on November 25, 2015. 2015 will mark the 65th anniversary of the debut of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the landmark television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
 
Charles Schulz drew the most popular and influential comic strip of all time, which was read everyday by 355 million people in 75 countries. In addition to the famous strip, Peanuts holiday television specials such as "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" have won Emmy's and continue to be among the highest rated prime time TV specials.
 
Steve Martino will direct the "Peanuts" feature; previously, he brought to the big screen (with Jimmy Hayward) Fox/Blue Sky's "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"  and the recent box-office smash "Ice Age: Continental Drift."  The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano.
 
Commented Vanessa Morrison:  "We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honored to bring the Peanuts characters to the big screen. This all started with our love and respect for the work of Charles Schulz. We thank the Schulz family and Iconix for letting Fox and Blue Sky bring his vision to new generations of film goers."
Craig Schulz, President, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, commented, "We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father."
 
            "This is a momentous step for the Peanuts brand.  The beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang resonate with multiple generations all over the world," commented Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group. "This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand, " added Cole.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FIRST-LOOK PHOTO “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”

Since the first "Die Hard" in 1988, Bruce Willis' John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over.

In the latest action-packed installment "A Good Day to Die Hard" set to hit cinemas on February 2013, McClane goes international and faces his greatest challenge ever.  When his estranged son Jack played by Jai Courtney is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader.  Despite their differences, father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy.

"A Good Day To Die Hard" is a 20th Century Fox presentation to be distributed by Warner Bros. in (Phils.) cinemas.

'Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles' is a horror adventure destined to be the benchmark by which films of its type will be judged

Filmmaking is about taking risks, says Erik Matti, writer and director of the biggest horror adventure of 2012, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles. What else would you call the movie's astronomical budget, the decision to shoot it entirely on green screen and have a bad boy character as the film's main protagonist?

The concept immediately appealed to lead actor Dingdong Dantes who is playing against type in this project. "Collaborating with Erik Matti and executive producer Dondon Monteverde allowed me to break out of the stereotype of my roles on TV and in the movies."

Dingdong plays Makoy, a devil-may-care guy who finds himself trapped in a situation that no person in his right mind would wish upon himself. When he comes to the province to reconcile with his estranged girlfriend Sonia (Lovi Poe), who is heavy with their firstborn, Dingdong's character must device a way to keep his loved ones from safe and alive from an army of aswangs. "It is such an ambitious project and I am happy that I accepted it," shares Lovi.

LJ Reyes who won raves as the town whore in this year's Cinemalaya entry Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino, takes on the role of an aswang in Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles. "Direk Erik is a very brilliant director. He has an amazing mind. And very funny, too. The set never felt like a workplace."

From the get-go, the concept was clear-headed. Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles was designed as a siege film. "It was about a group of people with their own dynamics, trapped in one setting with the danger constantly hounding them outside of that setting," shares Direk Erik.

A co-production venture of Reality Entertainment, Agostodos Pictures, Reality Entertainment's sister companies and post-production arms PostManila and Mothership, and GMA Films, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles was not an easy endeavor to undertake.  

"We were challenged because the movie was going to be shot entirely on green screen, the first time it's being done in the Philippines," says Dondon Monteverde.

Post-production work proved to be tougher. Monteverde says that they made the right decision to bide their time. "We wanted to make sure that we did things right especially in post production. We thought that the hard part of it was during the principal shoot but we realized that the post production stage was even harder because of the complexity we put in CG (computer graphics) and in the grading stage of the film."

The makers of Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles also insisted on giving the aswang experience a completely Pinoy flavor. Relates Dave Yu, visual effects director: "We wanted a different take on the aswang designs and stay away from what has been done before especially in Western movies. We don't want our creatures to look like werewolves or vampires."

The film's production designer Peter Collias who has worked on Hollywood productions like The Matrix, Moulin Rouge, Dark City, 10,000 BC and Ghost Rider believes that everyone involved in this landmark horror movie deserves a pat on the back. "We have fused great live action in a beautifully fabricated environment. We have managed to create strange and wonderful backdrops for the story to take place in. I also feel the relentless attention to detail regarding the modeling, texture and animating of the creatures will set a new benchmark for monsters design in the Philippines."

All things considered, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles strengthens the long-held belief in the ingenuity and creativeness of Filipino artists.

"The effort of creating a digital world from scratch, the amazing creatures and the cohesion between live animation and CG will set this film apart from others of its kind."  

Go see Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles when it opens in a theater near you on October 17. For more information on the movie, check out its website at www.theaswangchronicles.com, Facebook.com/the aswangchronicles, twitter.com/TIKTIKOct17

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OSCAR-WINNER SAM MENDES DIRECTS “SKYFALL”

In approaching Columbia Pictures' "Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond adventure, the filmmakers were very attuned to the fact that 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film. They were determined that this entry in the longest-running film franchise in history would deliver everything that has made Bond, Bond: heart-stopping action, scene-stealing villains, beautiful Bond women, exotic locations, a killer theme, the Aston Martin DB5… and, of course, 007 himself, played by Daniel Craig.

But a Bond film is not a collection of puzzle pieces; these elements combine – like gin and vermouth, shaken, not stirred – to serve the story. For "Skyfall," bringing it all together is Academy Award®-winner Sam Mendes. "I knew that Sam would put everything behind it," says Craig, who marks his third film as Bond. "He would put all of his knowledge of movie making behind it, but also his knowledge and love of Fleming and Bond."

             While Mendes might be best known for directing a different kind of movie, he says that high entertainment and artistic integrity are not mutually exclusive. "I have my own, personal relationship with Bond, which began when I was 9 or 10 years old – when `Live and Let Die' came out," he says. "We happen to be living in a time when it's possible to make a big, entertaining, glamorous, escapist movie that also says something about the world we live in. With Daniel's performances in `Casino Royale' and `Quantum of Solace,' James Bond feels like a real man in a real situation again. It reminded me of the way I felt when I watched the Sean Connery movies."

             For the producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the anniversary brings with it added expectations. "It's our 50th anniversary and 23rd film so the pressure's on to make the best Bond ever. We have an extraordinary cast, an incredibly talented creative team and an emotionally charged script," says Wilson.

             Broccoli adds that Mendes' relationship and history with the Bond films adds a personal element from the very start. "With his knowledge and history, he identifies with the audience – he knows what works and what an audience is expecting. And, frankly, that's great to watch on set," she says.

             Throughout these 50 years, it has been the Broccoli family – first Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and partner Harry Saltzman, and then Cubby's children, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli – who have been the overseers and caretakers of the James Bond film franchise. "Michael and Barbara are extraordinary because they work very well as a team," says Mendes. "Barbara has a remarkable skill for making people feel like she knows their name and knows what their issues are, and if there's ever a crisis, she's the one who will handle it. Michael brings an enormous amount of experience and wisdom, combined with such a gentle presence on the set – he never bullies or lectures. If you have an idea and are wondering, 'Has Bond done this before,' ask Michael – he knows."

             It was Craig – with the support of Wilson and Broccoli – who invited his friend, Mendes, to direct the film. "When we started talking about it, I felt a connection with someone who had exactly the same enthusiasm and respect for the Bond films that I did," says Craig. "And, of course, I deeply respect Sam as a director. I said to him, 'This is going to be a new experience for you – trust me, because I made two of them and it was a very new experience for me. Nothing can quite prepare you.'"

             "Skyfall" welcomes back screenwriters Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and introduces Academy Award®-winner John Logan to the Bond writing family. Logan explains, "I felt greatly encouraged by Sam and Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson to make the screenplay as unique as I could, using my particular strengths as a writer. Coming from the world of theatre, for me, it has always been about character and dialogue. When you look over the vast panoply of Bond films, things tend to emerge, like a lightning bolt: great moments of dialogue, great moments of character interaction – whether it's Bond and `Goldfinger,' Bond and Blofeld, or Bond and Vesper Lynd. Those are the amazing scenes that just stop your heart because they're unexpected in what's considered a genre movie."

             Of course, for each individual Bond film, it is the director who guides and shapes the picture. Mendes says he felt the freedom to put his own stamp on the legendary franchise. "I have been given an enormous amount of freedom – and I've never felt constrained or hidebound by the genre or the franchise," he says. "Part of that is Daniel and Judi Dench, both of whom I already knew well. Frankly, I'd love the two of them to be in any movie I directed. But part of it is also the enthusiasm with which the producers greeted new ideas about Bond and M and the franchise as a whole."

             Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 31, "Skyfall" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wil Time Bigtime celebrates 2nd anniversary with another mega jackpot winner, million-peso promo

Wil Time Bigtime continues to give back to it loyal viewers two years after the masses' champ began his top-rating reality-game show last October 2010 on TV5.

The show recently added another lucky contestant to its list of mega jackpot winners. Zyra del Rosario, a finalist of Eat Bulaga's Little Miss Philippines back in 2000, emerged the winner of no less than P3.5 million worth of prizes recently. She became the show's fourth winner of P1 million, Camella house and lot, and Foton van.

Meanwhile, for its anniversary month, Wil Time Bigtime launched the Two-Tok SMS promo where cash and house-and-lot packages will be given away. Felix Cañoneo Jr. of Bohol was the first to win a Camella house and lot in last week's draw. Three more houses and lots are still up for grabs in the next three weeks.

To register in the SMS promo, text WILREG <full name/age/complete address> to 5656 (example: WILREG Juan Dela Cruz/26 /81 Ojeda St., Quezon City). Upon registration, viewers can start sending as many anniversary greetings for Wil Time Bigtime. Text WIL<anniversary greeting> and send to 5655 (example: WIL <Happy anniversary Kuya Willie!>. One anniversary greeting is equivalent to one (1) entry. The more entries sent, the more chances of winning!

Three promo subscribers will win P20,000 cash and P300 load prize daily, while one lucky subscriber will win a house and lot every week. A Foton van will also be given away every weekend for the entire month.

Stay tuned to Wil Time Bigtime (Monday to Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 5pm) and TV5 for other details of the ongoing promo.

 

JANE LYNCH, SOPHIA VERGARA AND JENNIFER HUDSON IN “THE THREE STOOGES”

                Television's classic comedy act "The Three Stooges" will soon be seen on the big screen starring everybody's beloved Glee Cheerios coach Jane Lynch.  In the trio-tular character of Moe, Larry and Curly are Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso who were left on a nun's doorstep and grew up secluded in the orphanage.  Years later, the trio tries to help the orphanage when it is forced to lock doors due to financial difficulties.

                Jane Lynch portrays the orphanage's Mother Superior who sees the troika as newborn angels from heaven and later employed the three as the foster home's maintenance men.  As they try and save the day, the three engage in plenty of their trademark antics out of their comfort zone to raise funds for the orphanage.

                Indeed, while the Stooges' antics are as outlandish and cartoonish as ever, the characters are, as Jane Lynch notes, "just the sweetest guys. They're buffoons and they make huge mistakes, but it always comes from the goodness of their hearts, even as they're poking each other in the eye."  To Lynch's point, The Stooges are total innocents. The nuns raise them in a very sheltered manner. "So, they don't really have a concept of what's going on in the outside world," says Chris Diamantopoulos. "They are fish-out-of-water who have never seen the real world or been exposed to anything modern. The only thing they've known is the orphanage."
 
                Apart from Lynch, the filmmakers surrounded the Stooges with an impressive ensemble, including Sofía  Vergara,Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko – and Larry David…as a nun…named Sister Mary- Mengele.
 
"Sister Mary-Mengele. That name is what really attracted me to the role," offers David. "For years I said to myself, 'if only I could play a character whose last name was Mengele. Or Goebbels.Or Goering. I'm a really authentic actor," David continues about his approach to playing outside his gender for the first time in his career. "I really researched it and I spoke with some nuns, and they told me that I couldn't really reveal what's on underneath the habit. They took me into their confidence."
 
The starring cast also includes Oscar®-and-Grammy® winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson as the orphanage's resident singing nun, Sister Rosemary. "What I remember most about The Three Stooges growing up was hearing my mom speak of this classic show," Hudson says. "That was her favorite thing back in the day. She used to always tell me about it. That was one of the things that drew me to the part."
 
Emmy-nominated actress Sofía Vergara ("Modern Family") plays the film's femme fatale, Lydia, who tries to lure the Stooges into offing her innocent husband.Vergara, who relished playing the sultry villain, explains that the Stooges' appeal is universal, citing her own encounters with the phenomenon. "I think everybody at some point in their life watched The Three Stooges," says Vergara.
 
"The Three Stooges" in cinemas on October 24 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

SHIA LaBEOUF GETS “LAWLESS” CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM

             "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf takes on the role of the youngest Bondurant brother, the smart, sensitive, forward-thinking Jack, in The Weinstein Company's epic, gangster tale, "Lawless."

             To be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma), "Lawless" is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: three bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Based on author Matt Bondurant's fictionalized account of his family, The Wettest County in the World, the film gathers an ensemble of gifted, dynamic new-generation stars – LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan – alongside two of the finest actors of their generations, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

             A riveting, intense story of crime and corruption, loyalty and love, brutality and tenderness, "Lawless" is a rich addition to the American gangster canon.

             LaBeouf was drawn to the project for myriad reasons, not the least of which was director John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road"). "I'm a fan, I would show up to do anything with John," the actor enthuses. "John's films are all very visceral and honest. He is a truth-seeker, incredibly intelligent and has a great visual style. He lets shots breathe; it's old-school, John Ford vista-type stuff. He knows how to tell the story in one frame and he lets that frame do the work. It's a style of working I hadn't experienced before, and I was very excited by it."

             LaBeouf was also captivated by Bondurant's novel and the seminal period of American history it explored. He delved into the history of bootlegging, its specific relationship in Virginia to the legacy of coal mining, the socioeconomics of the region, particularly the religious and racial schisms. Above all, the role of Jack intrigued LaBeouf. Jack, enterprising and eager, has to find his way, not only as resourceful young bootlegger but also within the Bondurant clan, as the power dynamic between the three brothers begins to shift. Jack experiences a spectrum of emotions throughout the course of the film as, essentially, he grows up.

             "I had never played a part like this before. This is a boy becoming a man in many ways. He has his first drink of moonshine, his first kiss," LaBeouf observes. "The film is also about a family going through combustion. They're dealing with many problems all at once; meanwhile, the power balance is shifting from Forrest and Howard to Jack. When you first meet Jack, he's full of empathy; he lives on a farm and he can't watch his brothers kill a pig. That empathy is hindering his criminal career, and this is a family of criminals. During that time, bootlegging was the only avenue available to many poor and disenfranchised people. All they had was their skills. For the Bondurant family, their talent was for making liquor."

             He adds that Jack has a fascination for the bootleggers, specifically the Chicago-style gangsters and that admiration informs much of the character's drive and ambition. "Jack comes from a new generation. He was seeing these Robin Hood-type characters fighting against the government. These were the new Americans. Guys who came from the bottom of the barrel and were able to muscle their way into some kind of foundation where they could not only support their families but their entire communities. This family was spearheading this revolution at the time. The bootlegger was the superhero of that period, especially to someone in his twenties, like Jack," LaBeouf notes.

             LaBeouf was not yet a major international star when Hillcoat caught the young actor's performing in the 2006 independent drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints."

             Remembers the director, "I thought, who the hell is that kid? Then I saw him in `Disturbia' and again I thought his performance was amazing. Then came `Transformers,' and even as he was surrounded by special effects and robots, Shia managed to create a compelling, three-dimensional character. So I thought he was really interesting and it would be great to see him do something more unexpected. Shia had the range to play Jack, who experiences every single emotion, from rage and despair to total joy and happiness. And I could easily see him as a young man in the Prohibition era. He was very interested, he was very passionate when I met him and continued to be throughout, so I knew this was the guy."
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