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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Star Cinema and Regal Films Merge for MMFF 2013's Sole Horror Entry, 'Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay!'

In line with its 20th anniversary, Star Cinema reunites with Regal Films as the two giant film companies bring together the country’s hottest young stars in Papag, Siyam Na Buhay – the biggest, most horrific, and most chilling film of the year.

Pagpag is the only horror film that will participate in the much-awaited 39th Metro Manila Film Festival this December and it stars Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Paolo Avelino, Shaina Magdayao and Clarence Delgado with the support of Matet De Leon, Dominic Roque, Miles Ocampo, CJ Navato, Michelle Vito, Janus Del Prado, and Marvin Yap.

Directed by Frasco Santos Mortiz and written by Joel Mercado. Pagpag is inspired by the ancient Filipino tradition that is anchored on the superstitious belief that one should not go directly home after visiting a wake at the risk of bringing home evil spirits.

The film’s subtitle, Siyam Na Buhay represents 9 prevalent Filipino superstitious beliefs that are associated with deaths and funerals and are observed and practiced to this very day by most Filipinos. It is said and widely believed that once broken, sinister deaths representing each of the 9 beliefs shall await anyone who violates and disrespects these ancient practices.

The beliefs associated with wakes that were explored and violated in the movie are as follow: it is forbidden to go directly home from a funeral; it is forbidden to sweep floors in a wake; it is forbidden for a teardrop to fall on the dead’s coffin; it is forbidden to use the mirror in a wake; it is forbidden to bring home food from the wake; it is forbidden to go to a funeral with a wound; it is forbidden to wipe tears from the dead’s casket; it’s forbidden to spend money intended for the dead; and it is forbidden to accompany visitors to the door as they leave.

In Pagpag, terrifying horrors are unleashed as Cedric (Daniel Padilla) and his friends accidentally visit a funeral that is set up by Leni (Kathryn Bernardo). Every member of the group unwittingly breaks one superstitious belief after the other including the dreaded pagpag as each of them went directly home after the funeral. Unbeknownst to Cedric and Leni, they brought home a malevolent and vengeful spirit.

Cedric and Leni are forced to team up in the hope of containing and abating the wrath of the vengeful spirit and eventually vanquishing it in the process. But as they struggle to succeed, more mishaps occur and they run out of options in saving their family and friends.   

Aside from the spine-chilling scenes that Pagpag promises, fans and the entire family can also look forward to a touch of humor and romance from Daniel and Kathryn, who are arguably considered as the reigning teen royalty of primetime television, as well as from the characters portrayed by Paulo Avelino and Shaina Magdayao who are paired for the very first time in the silver screen.  

“Pagpag is definitely a super scary movie but behind its gripping story is the universal message that love and sacrifice for family truly conquers all,” says Daniel.

Kathryn on the other hand says that aside from being a suspense-thriller, Pagpag is also an adventure movie that everyone will surely enjoy, “The movie tackles the age-old conflict of good versus evil and it’s so exciting to witness the journey of our characters and see whether or not we will overcome the evil that our characters will face.” 

Pagpag, Siyam Na Buhay will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting December 25.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

SM Cinemas Bring "Pokemon's Genesect and the Legend Awakened" Movie

On Nov. 13, 2013, selected SM cinemas will exclusively feature the Philippine debut of a Pokemon movie and the 16th anime movie of the franchise. Genesect and the Legend Awakened is the last part of the Best Wishes movie series trilogy, which started two years ago.

Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and their friends embark on another adventure as they prevent a Genesect army from attacking the city. A familiar character, Mewtwo, will be teaming up with them, despite supporting the Genesect's plight. However, they come into conflict with the Red Genesect, the leader of the army. Can they be able to save the city?

Every summer since 1998, a Pokemon anime movie is released in theaters for gamers, anime, and manga fans alike. It has also achieved popular success and has been releasing an anime movie for its fans every year. In Asia, it's now being shown in HK, Taiwan, and Korea. And this year, it will make its debut in the Philippines. For all Filipino Pokemon lovers everywhere, now is the time to support the franchise by watching the anime movie in selected SM cinemas starting Nov. 13!

Aside from the main anime movie, moviegoers will also enjoy a short movie entitled "Pokemon: Eevee and Friends". This will feature Pikachu and other Pokemon, highlighting all eight evolutions of Eevee, including the newly-discovered Sylveon!

As part of the the Philippine's first Pokemon anime movie debut, Pokemon fans and moviegoers will be able to get an exclusive Red Genesect paper figure when they come to SM cinemas and watch Genesect and the Legend Awakened. This is only available while supplies last so go to the nearest selected SM cinema where this will be showed to avail of this exclusive item.

But wait, there's more! Pokemon Black and White Version (original and version 2) Gamers will also have a chance to unlock a certain rare pokemon when they go to Megamall on Nov. 16-17 from 1100-1700! To be able to unlock a Lvl 100 Mewtwo (this Pokemon cannot be caught on the wild), go to the Megamall Event Space (http://sm-megamall.com/megamall) and register. Then when you're in Megamall, bring your fully-charged, Nintendo DS series gaming console (either 3DS/DSi LL/DSi/DS Lite/DS) and your DS card for either of the versions mentioned to receive this one-of-a-kind Pokemon! However, take note that you MIGHT get a default when you receive this pokemon if your software has modified/pirated data.

So come to this first in Philippine entertainment and enjoy the perks and treats associated with it. For all Pokemons fans, this event will surely be a feast. (Article By: Paul Bernard Gabion)
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pokwang Returns to Comedy Film via 'Call Center Girl'

AFTER a brief hiatus from Star Cinema’s well-loved comedy genre that endeared her to millions of Filipinos all over the world, Pokwang makes a grand comedic comeback in the title role of the upcoming and highly anticipated family movie Call Center Girl.

It should be noted that Call Center Girl is Pokwang’s 11th film under Star Cinema. Pokwang was previously seen in several of Star Cinema’s blockbuster hits such as the tearjerker A Mother’s Story and the horror-thriller The Healing; most recently, she appeared in a very special role in Kim Chui’s Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? and she was also part of the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy 24/7 In Love, which marked the 20th anniversary of Star Magic in the industry.

Call Center Girl is a hilarious, smart, and laugh-a-minute movie written by Kriz Gazmen and directed by Don Cuaresma.

The movie is centered on Teresa (Pokwang) who is in a desperate race against time to unite her family and win back the affections of her estranged daughter Regina (Jessy Mendiola). By some twist of fate, Teresa (who worked in a cruise ship for 13 years) lands a job in a call center where her daughter Regina is employed thus providing her with the perfect opportunity to rekindle her broken relationship with her daughter. In the process, Teresa encounters a diverse bunch of people from different walks of life. She then gradually appreciates the concept of extended families and ultimately, Teresa and Regina learns the true value of family as both discover their individual purposes in life.

Call Center Girl also stars Enchong Dee, Chokoleit, K Brosas, John “Sweet” Lapus, Dianne Medina, Alex Castro, Ejay Falcon, and Aaron Villaflor.

Call Center Girl is part of Star Cinema’s on-going 20th anniversary and will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 27.
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Angel Locsin Versus Angelica Panganiban in "One More Try" and Indie Flick "Di Ingon 'Nato" Premiere in Cinema One

 Mainstream cinema and digital film meet this Sunday  (October 27 ) as Cinema One airs the hit romantic drama movie “One More Try” produced by Star Cinema and Cinema One Originals’ horror film “Di Ingon ‘Nato” at  8PM and 10PM respectively.

“One More Try”starring Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo tells the story of a mother (Locsin) having a terminally ill son. She is forced to reconnect with her child’s estranged father (Dantes) for help. She wants to have another child by him, who can supply their dying child with bone marrow. This daunting process of saving their son, on the other hand, slowly affects and destroys their current relationships.

The heartbreaking film won six trophies from Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 including the Best Picture Award. “There was a lot of tension and it kept rising,” said Rappler’s Carljoe Javier.

Meanwhile, “Di Ingon ‘Nato” (Not Like Us), a zombie film starring Rez Cortez, Mercedes Cabral and Franco Reyes, revolves around a remote mountain village in Cebu, wherein a farmer will commit murder, a young doctor will lose her first patient, and a barangay captain will find a girl brutally murdered in  a cemetery. The entire community will be drawn into mystery, which will be unraveled soon as horrific event will follow and they will have to rely on each other to survive.

“Di Ingon ‘Nato” gained positive reviews from the public. Editor of www.twitch film.com Todd Brown praised the film, which he described as “a very artistic twist on the zombie genre.”

Don’t miss “One More Try” on Blockbuster Sundays at 8PM and “Di Ingon ‘Nato” on Sine Astig at 10PM this Sunday (October 27) only in the number one cable in the Philippines Cinema One available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators. For more information and updates, log on tohttp://facebook.com/Cinema1Channel.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dingdong Dantes, Bea Alonzo, and Enrique Gil Spread Love in "She's the One" this October 16!

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Star Cinema brings together two exciting new screen pairings in “She’s The One”.

This movie, which opens on October 16 in more than 120 theaters nationwide, features two-time Best Actor winner Dingdong Dantes in his first-ever team-up and the box office queen Bea Alonzo in a story about two best friends who find themselves pushed into a complicated romantic situation.

Making this movie a potentially bigger audience draw is the addition of a second new screen tandem in Enrique Gil—dubbed “The Next Ultimate Leading Man”—and Star Magic 2013 discovery and emerging ‘It Girl’ Liza Soberano, who play important roles in the movie.

For their first team-up, Star Cinema wanted a fresh, exciting concept and found it in the story of “She’s The One” written by Charlene Sawit- Esguerra, Anton C. Santamaria, Roumella Nina Monge and the award-winning screenwriter and Star Cinema’s Creative Director Vanessa Valdez. It has all the elements that have made Star Cinema romance movies big hits—like those killer lines of dialogue—but updated for today’s social media-driven generation. It’s a story of friendship, and of those unexpected “Eureka moments” when you realize that the one you’ve always taken for granted just might be “the one”.

Directed by Mae Czarina Cruz, “She’s The One” is about how a long-time friendship can change because of one crazy circumstance that forces two friends to re-evaluate how they feel for each other in this new generation of Facebook, Twitter and viral videos.

When she found out she was going to be working with Dingdong, Bea became very excited. Dingdong had worked with some of the Kapamilya network’s top leading ladies in Kris Aquino (Segunda Mano), Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban (One More Try), but this would be his first time to star opposite Bea, who’s glad she was the one chosen for the project. “Matagal ko na siyang gustong makatrabaho because I’ve heard a lot of good things about him,” says the actress.

Dingdong, for his part, says working outside his home studio is always an exciting thing. After two movies with Star Cinema, he wasn’t expecting to make a third, but was given the opportunity to do so. He describes the experience of working with Bea as “sobrang gaan” and Bea herself as “sobrang bait”.

It’s Dingdong’s first time to try the romance genre after doing a horror movie and a heavy drama.

“I’m so happy that I was given the chance to do this movie, and much more when I found out that I’ll be working with Bea and Enrique,” says Dingdong. “I guess nandoon ‘yung excitement namin pareho ni Bea, for us to portray roles in this kind of a movie about best friends and love.”

The award-winning actor had so much fun making the movie that he can’t wait for the audience to see it when it opens on October 16: “I think I can speak for myself, umpisa pa lang na sobrang excited na excited na ako dito and siguro ‘yun din ang naging dahilan kung bakit nagiging maganda ‘yung resulta ng samahan namin oscreen.”

Because of its casting and storyline, “She’s The One” is easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2013—so make sure you don’t get left out when it opens next week October 16.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gerald Anderson-Piolo Pascual Film "OTJ" International Screening Schedule Released

Check out the International screening of Gerald Anderson  and Piolo Pascual's action-suspense movie "OTJ" below:

(September 27, 2013)

AMC Empire 25, New York, NY
Jersey Gardens 20, Elizabeth, NJ

UA Los Cerritos Galaxy Stadium 11, Cerritos, CA
UA Horton Plaza 14, San Diego, CA
West Covina Stadium 18, West Covina, CA
Orange Stadium Promenade, Orange, CA
AMC Plaza Bonita 14, National City, CA

Century Tanforan 20, San Bruno, CA
Milpitas Great Mall 20, Milpitas, CA
Elk Grove Laguna 16, Elk Grove, CA
Century Hilltop 16, Richmond, CA
Metreon, San Francisco, CA

Cinemark Legacy 24, Plano, TX

Village Crossing 18, Skokie, IL

AMC Studio 30, Houston, TX
Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston, TX

AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18, Gaithersburg, MD
AMC Hoffman Center 22, Alexandria, VA

Pearlridge West 16, Aiea, HI

Village Square Stadium 18, Las Vegas, NV

(September 27, 2013)

Coliseum 12 Scarborough, Scarborough, ON
Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas, Toronto, ON

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, Vancouver, BC

Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal, QC

Sunridge Calgary, Calgary, AB
Cinema City Movies 12, Edmonton, AB

Cinema City Northgate, Winnipeg, MB
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'It Takes a Man and a Woman' Special Drive-In Screening Presented by Cinema One!

The country’s favorite love story, “It Takes a Man and a Woman”, hit the big screen once again, in a romantic drive-in screening event presented by Cinema One held last Friday (September 27) at the the Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.

Cinema One invited its audience to fall in love all over again as it revived the story of Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida (Sarah Geronimo), shown out in the open and under the moonlight.

With special appearances to made by the movie’s main man, John Lloyd Cruz, Cinema One’s drive-in screening of “It Takes a Man and a Woman” was an event that allowed for an even greater experience of a movie the country has come to know and love. The event was hosted by Andrei Felix and Cesca Litton.

Cinema One also offered special surprises for those who arrived and registered first at the event. The first five hundred people were also given the special treat of free popcorn for the night.

The drive-in screening of “It Takes a Man and a Woman” was open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. For future events and updates, visit and like Cinema One’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1Channel).
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Ai Ai Delas Alas and Marian Rivera Clash in a Comedy-Epic Film 'Kung Fu Divas'

In its two-decade tradition of sharing stories of pure laughter and entertainment to the Filipino audience, Star Cinema will fill the hearts of moviegoers with good vibes through its newest 20th anniversary offering--"Kung Fu Divas," dubbed as this year's funniest epic comedy-adventure film starring two of the country's "box-office divas," Comedy Queen AiAi delas Alas and 2013 FHM's Sexiest Woman Marian Rivera.

The Onat Diaz-directed film will hit cinemas nationwide on October 2 (Wednesday).

Co-produced by Star Cinema, Reality Entertainment and O & Co. Picture Factory, "Kung Fu Divas" is a story about two bitter rivals in "Hiyas ng Dalampasigan" beauty pageant namely Charlotte (AiAi) and Samantha (Marian), who will be forced to become allies after an unexpected turn of events that put the lives of many in danger.

Can you set aside rivalry and sacrifice your own life for 'world peace?'

Joining AiAi and Marian in "Kung Fu Divas" are Gloria Diaz, Lara Quigaman, Bianca Manalo, and Roderick Paulate who will portray as the powerful ruler San-ing.

Don't miss the world-class special effects, lessons, and the new flavor of comedy from the fresh dynamic duo of AiAi and Marian in the epic comedy-adventure film "Kung Fu Divas" showing on cinemas all over the country on October 2, 2013.
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Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Face The End of the World Together in Cinema One!

Philippine showbiz’s teen king and queen, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, along with some of today’s finest Star Magic talents, find themselves posed with the question “What would you want to do before the world ends?”, putting their hearts to the test in their hit movie together, “24/7 in Love”, which is set to air this Sunday (September 22) on Cinema One.

An end of the world prediction based on the Mayan calendar causes panic worldwide. In line with this, a young student named Jane (Kathryn Bernardo) comes up with an idea for a video project that she wants to submit in order to win a VIP pass to her ultimate crush’s concert. Being a huge fan of the young actor Billy Fernandez (Daniel Padilla), she decides to circle the city, asking people what they’d do if it were the end of the world.

As she goes around to meet different people, she discovers different love stories that are taking place all around the world, making her cross paths with characters that form a star-studded cast including Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Angelica Panganiban, Kim Chiu and Diether Ocampo.

Directed by John Lazatin, Mae Czarina Cruz, Frasco Mortiz and Dado Lumibao from Star Cinema, “24/7 in Love” brought together an ensemble to celebrate Star Magic’s 20th anniversary. It has been said to be able to cover love in all forms with its stellar cast of some of the biggest and brightest stars in Philippine cinema today.

Don’t miss out on “24/7 in Love” airing at 8:00 p.m. on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56 and Destiny Cable analog channel 37 or digital channel 56), the Philippines’ number one cable channel. For program schedules and updates, visit and like www.facebook.com/Cinema1Channel.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

2013 National Fim Festival 'Sineng Pambansa' Opens in All SM Cinemas

The Film Development Council of the Philippines, in cooperation with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor chain in the country, brings you SinengPambansa National Film Festival 2013 – All-Masters Edition. To launch this September, the National Film Festival (NFF) 2013 – All Masters Edition will feature twelve of the best and most prolific film directors in the country. This year’s NFF will showcase fresh masterpieces from Philippine’s cinema greats: TikoyAguiluz, Mel Chionglo, PequeGallaga and Lore Reyes, Joel Lamangan, Elwood Perez, Gil Portes, Jose Javier Reyes, Maryo J. Delos Reyes, ChitoRono, Romeo Suzara and Celso Ad Castillo.

Elwood Perez of the BilanginangBituinsaLangit fame, makes a comeback with Otso starring veteran actress Anita Linda which is a story of an ambidextrous, aging author who calls on his Muse to rid of his writer’s block while Gil M. Portes, director of the GawadUrian-winning MgaMuntingTinig directs Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle, an account of a drug addict who seeks rehabilitation and in the process re-connects with her dying father. Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle stars actress Ellen Adarna.

Much awaited among the line-up is the familiar powerhouse tandem of Lore Reyes and PequeGallaga who, for this festival, has Sonata to offer. Sonata, which stars dramatic artists Cherrie Gil and Richard Gomez, tells the story of a worn-out artist who recovers her spirit through a relationship with a young boy. Gallaga and Reyes had worked on a few films in the past which includes Magic Temple and Batang X.

Jose Javier Reyes, known for his mainstream blockbusters such as Kasal, Kasali, Kasaloand Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi directs AnoAngKulayngmgaNakalimutangPangarap?which has Bobby Andrews, Angel Aquino and Ryan Agoncillo in the cast. The movie traces the life of Teresa, who has dedicated sixty years of her life to the service of a middle class family at the expense of her own happiness and fulfilment. Now that the matriarch of the family has died, the children who were under her care have flown back from abroad to bury their mother and decide on the fate of their nanny.

RomySuzara comes back with his NFF opusTinik. Tiniktells the story of a middle-aged couturier who faces the many problems of being gay while, in the midst of all the dilemma, tries to hold on to his own dignity. Tinik stars Raymond Bagatsing and Hayden Kho. Suzara rose to fame in the early seventies with movies like TatlongMukhani Rosa Vilmaand Carinosa, both starring veteran actress Vilma Santos. TikoyAguiluz, on the other hand, directs Eman, a biopic on EmanLacaba, a brilliant poet turned activist with Matinee idol Derek Ramsey playing the lead role. Aguiluz has directed a similar biopic in the mid-80s:Balweg which is about rebel priest Fr. ConradoBalweg.

Lauriana by Mel Chionglocenters on domestic drama about a Philippine Constabulary soldier’s mistress in the 1950s. The film tackles obsession, passionate love and abuse.  Based on a true story, Chionglo describes the film as a psychological thriller. The film casts Bangs Garcia and AllenDizon.

A couple of this year’s NFF’s films have strong political themes. ChitoRono’s film Badil’s story revolves around a small barrio’s corrupted voting system seen through the eyes of a young boy while Joel Lamangan’sLihis is set in the 70s Martial Law era where two male members of a rebel organization, in the midst of their crusade, share an intimate relationship. Lihis stars Jake Cuenca and JoemBascon with Isabelle Daza, Lovi Poe and Ms. Gloria Diaz.

Veteran director Maryo J. Delos Reyes’Bamboo Flowers completes the line-up and is a film that tackles the rousing beauty of the Bohol Island and the lives of the people in it. The film casts indie film siren MyleneDizon with Max Collins, Neil Ryan Sese and Ruru Madrid. Maryo J. Delos Reyes directed Magnifico which won the Crystal Bear Award in the Berlin International Film Festival.
Each of the director’s film is set in their respective hometowns: Maryo J. de los Reyes in Bohol, TikoyAguiluz in Davao, PequeGallaga in Bacolod, and Mel Chionglo in Quezon, with undisclosed places for ChitoRoño and Jose Javier Reyes.

NFF will also feature a Masters’ Master Tribute to the late grate Celso Ad Castillo with the screening of his last film BahayngLagim with the documentary The Gospel According to Celso Kid. The festival, in honor of two other Philippine cinema legends Lino Brocka and Manuel Conde, will also screen the late directors’ films namely the restored version of Maynila: Sa MgaKukongLiwanag and Genghis Khan, respectively.

SinengPambansa National Film Festival 2013 will run from September 11 to 17 at all SM Cinema branches nationwide
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales' Film "Suddenly It's Magic" Airs in Cinema One

Model-actor Mario Maurer, who had already won the hearts of many worldwide, finally finds a love worth keeping as he gets on a flight to the Philippines to take a break away from his acting career as a Thai tourist named Marcus in the hit romantic film “Suddenly It’s Magic”, which is set to air on Cinema One this Sunday (September 15).

During his trip to the Philippines, he meets Joey (Erich Gonzales), who has inherited a bakeshop and her mother’s recipes. The two eventually find a different kind of comfort in each other—though it is continually put to the test as their own worlds collide. In what seemed to be an almost star-crossed relationship, the question lies in whether or not the two can survive the conflicts of reality and still remain side by side.

Don’t miss out on “Suddenly It’s Magic” airing at 8:00 p.m. on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of Cinema One, the Philippines’ number one cable channel, available on SkyCable channel 56. Cinema One is also proud to announce that beginning September 15, it will also be made available on Destiny Cable channel 37 on analog and channel 56 on digital.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Andi Eigenmann, Eugene Domingo, Billi Crawford, and Maricel Soriano Join Forces in 'Momzillas'

Diamond Star Maricel Soriano and 'Rough Diamond' Star Eugene Domingo will take moviegoers in a laugh trip they will never forget as the two comedy veterans play as warring mothers in the newest comedy masterpiece of award-winning director Wenn V. Deramas, "Momzillas."

Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, "Momzillas" will be shown on cinemas nationwide on September 18 (Wednesday). Together with Maricel and Eugene in the movie are Billy Crawford and Andi Eigenmann.

Part of the year-long celebration of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary in the movie industry, "Momzillas" will share with the viewers a funny and witty story about two families and two mothers (Maricel at Eugene) who will do everything just to beat each other.

Will the beautiful love story of their kids (Billy and Andi) be affected by two mommies who both fight like godzilla?

Completing the cast of "Momzillas" are Candy Pangilinan, Joey Paras, Atak, Mel Martinez, Eagle Riggs, Paul Jake Castillo, Christian Vasquez, Luz Valdez and Divina Valencia.

Don't miss Star Cinema's newest 20th anniversary offering, "Momzillas," to hit cinemas nationwide on September 18, 2013.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

'Tinik' - National Film Festival 2013 Entry (Movie Poster and Trailer)

"Tinik" is one of the entry of this year's "Sineng Pambansa," (National Film Festival) - All Masters Edition. The film is helm by the veteran director, Romy Suzara who is also the man behind Vilma Santos' hit classic films like Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma and Carinosa,

Here is the trailer of the said movie:

Tinik tells the story of a middle-aged couturier who faces the many problems of being gay while, in the midst of all the dilemma, tries to hold on to his own dignity. Tinik stars Ricardo Cepeda and Lemuel Pelayo.

Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013 will run from September 11 to 17 at all SM Cinema branches nationwide.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hollywood Film 'The Colony' Premieres in SM North EDSA

SM Cinema brings in the country the action thriller film,  "The Colony." The movie premieres this Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at SM North EDSA, 7pm.  

Forced underground by the next ice age, survivors of Colony 7 struggle below the frozen surface of the world as food supplies and temperatures continue to drop. 

Plagued by illness and internal conflict, the colonists suspect the worst when they mysteriously lose contact with the only other known survivors, Colony 5.

Here is the full trailer of the said movie:

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Dawn Zulueta, and Other Big Stars All Praises the Action Film 'OTJ'

Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, and other popular Filipino celebrities have nothing but praises to the international appeal and social relevance of Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment's crime-drama movie "OTJ" (On The Job) that stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joey Marquez and Joel Torre.

According to Kris, she and her best friend Vice are amazed with the newest masterpiece of award-winning director si Erik Matti because its theme is very timely and relevant to what the country is experiencing right now.

"The movie is very real. Sa gitna ng galit at disappointment sa mga panahong ito, ang innate na kabutihan at pag-asa ang kakapitan ng mga tao ngayon," said Kris. "May kausap nga akong pulis at sabi niya, natutuwa daw sila dahil sa 'OTJ' ay may nagre-represent sa kabutihan despite na may mga masasama (sa ranks)."

"Sabi nga namin ni Vice: the script was excellent, the camerawork is world-class. It's gritty yet powerful. All the actors are excellent. Gerald and Piolo should be really proud of this movie," further shared by Kris about the film that was graded 'A' by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

Award-winning actress Dawn Zulueta was hooked with the film’s creative and innovative scenes. “I was focused on how the film was shot. It was so compelling and I love it! It was more focused on the craft. The performance of the actors was superb,” she said

Like Kris, Vice and Dawn, top caliber actresses Dina Bonnevie and Carmina Villarroel salute the realistic theme of "OTJ" that reflects the real happenings in the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

"Watching 'OTJ' is an experience that I cannot forget. It's the first time I've really seen a movie that was filmed so close to reality. It really mirrors what happens in society," said Dina.

"Congratulations kay Direk Erik at sa lahat ng cast dahil nakaka-tense, ang ganda, ang galing, at napapanahon talaga ang 'OTJ," Carmina commended.

More famous personalities proudly admitted that they were stunned with the great visuals of the film and effective portrayal of its cast.

"Dugong Buhay" stars Ejay Falcon and Ketchup Eusebio said, "Ang intense ng mga eksena! Sobrang nakaka-inspire ang lahat ng aspeto ng pelikula--acting, story, cinematography at music. Hanggang ngayon, speechless kami."

Like many of those who watched it, the timely narrative of "OTJ" caught the attention of director Onat Diaz, singer Rachel Alejandro and fashion designer Rajo Laurel.

"It's very timely, very well-crafted. Napakaraming pwedeng pagkapitan ng kahit sinong manonood sa pelikulang ito," uttered Direk Onat.

Rachel shared, "It's different from anything we've ever seen. 'OTJ' is a very exciting movie. Napaka-relevant."

"It's the best film I've ever seen. I think this is gonna be a classic. Magigising ang mga puso at damdamin ng lahat ng mga taong manonood nito," said Rajo.

Don't be left behind in the most talked about action-packed crime-drama in the country today--"OTJ," still showing on cinemas nationwide.

For more information and latest updates about "OTJ" and other Star Cinema's 20th anniversary movie offerings, simply visit www.StarCinema.com.ph, http://facebook.com/StarCinema and http://twitter.com/StarCinema.
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Gerald Anderson Leads the 'Star Cinema 20 Cares' Outreach Program

 In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Star Cinema pays it forward and shares its success to the next generation of Filipino moviegoers via special outreach program, 'Star Cinema 20 Cares,' recently launched at Kamuning Elementary School in Quezon City. The kick-off activity in Kamuning Elementary School was graced by "OTJ" lead actor Gerald Anderson. 

'Star Cinema 20 Cares' is a year-long campaign jointly organized by Star Cinema's movie stars and staff that aims to give back and reach out to kiddie Kapamilyas by treating them with unique 'kwentuhan' sessions, free viewing of Star Cinema child-friendly movies, and memorable gift-giving.

This month's 'Star Cinema 20 Cares' is made possible in partnership with DZMM TeleRadyo and ABS-CBN Integrated Public Service.

For more information and latest updates about Star Cinema Cares, simply visit www.StarCinema.com.ph, http://facebook.com/StarCinema and http://twitter.com/StarCinema.
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Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, and Enchong Dee's 'The Strangers' Premieres in Cinema One

Three of today’s hottest young stars take on the supernatural this Sunday (September 1) as Enrique Gil, Julia Montes, and Enchong Dee star in the Star Cinema horror film “The Strangers” that is set to premiere on Cinema One.

“The Strangers” tells the story of Pat (Julia Montes) and Max (Enrique Gil), twin siblings who decide to go out of town to the far flung oasis of Murcia for their 18th birthday. Joined by their parents, Roy (Johnny Revilla) and Evelyn (Cherry Pie Picache), their grandfather Pete (Jaime Fabregas), his temporary caregiver Paloma (Janice de Belen), and their newly hired family driver Toning (Nico Antonio), the family’s happiness is cut short when their van hits an old lady on the road. Unsure of what happened, the family tries to search for the body but it is nowhere to be found.

The incident on the road serves as the first of a series of horrifying events—as the family even gets stranded in an isolated village on the way. There, Pat makes an alliance with a local named Dolfo (Enchong Dee), an enigmatic, but suspicious young man whom the villagers suspect to be someone that isn’t exactly human.

The film’s director, Lawrence Fajardo, has gained much acclaim over the years with his various visually-exciting indie works. Aside from “The Strangers”, he was also responsible for having directed the highly-acclaimed action-drama “Amok” and “Posas”, which won Best Film at the Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam.

Don’t miss out on “The Strangers” as it airs on Cinema One (SkyCable Channel 56), the country’s number one cable channel this Sunday (September 1) at 8:00 p.m. on the channel’s Blockbuster Sundays movie block. For updates about the program schedule, follow @cinema_one on Twitter and like its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Tatlong Kasalanan (High School Life)" Trailer!

A newest indie film is set to hit the theater this coming November 2013. This is "Tatlong Kasalanan (High School Life)" which tells the story of three male high school students which fell in love with each other.

Check out the teaser trailer of another gay provocative Indie film below: 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

"Ang Tag-Araw ni Twinkle" Official Theatrical Trailer

"Ang Tag-Araw ni Twinkle" is the first big role of Ellen Adarna.

A film by Gil Portes Written by Eric Ramos Director of Photography: Rommel Sales

Film Editor & Sound Designer: John Wong Production Designer: Cyrus Khan Starring Ellen Adarna, Cris Villanueva, Arnold Reyes, Dominic Roco etc.

An Sineng Pambansa 2013 entry.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ben Affleck is the New Batman in the Sequel of 'Man of Steel'

A month after Warner Bros. greenlighted the “Superman vs Batman” movie as sequel to “Man of Steel,” the film outfit announced on Friday that Ben Affleck will play the role of the Dark Knight.

Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015 (including the Philippines).

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.

He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.” His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
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JM De Guzman and Andi Eigenmann 's "Pridyider" Premieres in Cinema One

A promising young man JM de Guzman steps in to help Andi Eigenmann in a story of the horrific and terrifying events from the past that have caught up with her present, as they star in “Pridyider”, which airs on Cinema One on Sunday (August 25).

“Pridyider” tells the story of Tina (Andi Eigenmann), a girl who is sent to the U.S. to live with her aunt because something happened to her parents—an incident that has never been explained to her. Hoping for a new start, she returns to her homeland and back into her family’s old house. There, she finds a companion in a young man named James (JM de Guzman), her childhood friend.

Days pass and Tina begins to notice strange occurrences, particularly in the kitchen. There, an antique refrigerator stands. Tina soon discovers that the appliance is haunted, dangerous, and hungry for human blood. When all efforts to remove the refrigerator fail, she is forced to dig into her own forgotten past to find a way to rid her household of all its evils.

Along with Andi Eigenmann and JM de Guzman, “Pridyider” also stars Janice de Belen, Joel Torre, Venus Raj and Baron Geisler.

Catch the creepy “Pridyider” as it airs on Sunday (August 25) at 8:00 p.m. on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of the country’s number one cable channel, Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56).
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

"One Direction: This is Us" Movie a Huge Hit

When Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock was approached to make “One Direction: This Is Us” – a movie about One Direction -- he jumped at the chance.

“One of the things I’ve always tried to do from the very beginning of my career is create very popular documentaries,” says the “Super Size Me” director. “And I think that this film, coming off the work I’ve done in the past is the next step. Making something that’s successful to a large audience that tells a great story, that is really intimate and gets you into their lives, but at the same time, is also really entertaining and engaging, with great music.”

Naturally, meeting bandmembers Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson was important. Spurlock found the boys completely charming but also level-headed about the phenomenon they were in the middle of experiencing. Notes Spurlock, “They’re very fun. I think they’re incredibly grounded considering the amount of crazy that’s surrounding their lives on a daily basis. And I think that was one of the things that I really liked about them.”

It’s not enough, says Spurlock, that they’re “five good looking guys that get put together in a band. That happens all the time. But the fact that, you know, they actually had the talent and the ability and the drive to kind of push it as far as they have, and continue to do, is remarkable.”

Spurlock filmed in various locales for almost six months, including the band’s performance in Mexico City in early June, 2013. The crew number ranged anywhere from Spurlock alone holding a camera without even an audio person, to fully coordinated concert set-ups involving, says the director, “an army of people.” Filming the band’s O2 performances alone were massive undertakings for someone used to the run-and-gun nature of most documentaries. Says Spurlock, “Probably about, I don’t know, 250 people were working on the concert when we shot at the O2, it was massive.”

As for the behind-the-scenes footage, which runs the gamut from backstage mischief before the show to touching hometown scenes, like Harry working at the family bakery, those moments alone amounted to 500 hours of material. Editing it down was challenging, but the band were instrumental in helping Spurlock and the editors pick the most choice moments. Says Spurlock, “They’ve given really insightful feedback about things that are very personal to them … to things that they remembered that we shot that we have forgotten about, and to remind us to dig and find. It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right, that was a great moment.’”

For producer Cowell, Spurlock was the ideal choice as director because he was never going to stage scenes or manufacture magic. “Morgan is somebody who likes to kind of eavesdrop,” says Cowell. “He wants to pick stuff up without people realizing that they’re being filmed and that’s his skill and he’s very patient. It’s not about set pieces or ‘Do this for the camera.’ He’s just put the cameras in all these different places and he’s just filmed what it’s like being in this group. It’s fascinating.”

What ultimately emerged from the editing process was the sense that moviegoers were going to get a special peek into the members’ lives. Adds Spurlock, “You feel like you really do get to become a part of this journey and these boys and this band.” It could even generate new fans, he suggests. “I think every One Direction fan should take someone who isn’t a One Direction fan, because I think when people see the movie, they’ll see a different side to these boys that they probably didn’t think existed or they didn’t think they would enjoy. And I bet they’ll convert a lot more fans than they think they will.”

As for the decision to film the 02 concerts in 3D, Cowell says it’s “unbelievable. The 3D is sensational. It actually makes the concert like being there. It’s really clever.”

None of "One Direction: This Is Us" would have happened, however, if the boys hadn’t put their faith in the project, and from the get-go, they all believed in what could be achieved.

“There’s a tremendous amount of trust you have to have, between you and the subjects that are in the film,” says Spurlock. “It takes time. It takes conversations. You have to spend time with one another to talk, feel comfortable, and know that this person is there to tell an honest story about you, and tell a story that you ultimately want to be told. And, you know, I give them credit. I mean, they were really open and honest with us about their lives, their fears, about the things that were going on with them, and kind of letting us come into their world. It’s a big undertaking, and it takes a lot of courage, and they were fantastic about it.”

In the end, says the director, the boys in One Direction understood that this was an opportunity to document a special time in their lives. “They realize this movie is a time capsule,” notes Spurlock. “They already know how special it is, and to be able to have something like this where you can really show – whether it be your family down the road, your kids down the road, something you just want to keep for yourself – that really does capture the essence of this moment in its purest form.” Adds Spurlock, “I think they’ll treasure this whole experience.” And is he now a fan?

“Listen, I’ve seen thirty-plus One Direction concerts at this point,” says Spurlock. “I am like a hardcore Directioner now!”

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, August 30, “One Direction: This Is Us” 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.
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Gerald Anderson, Piolo Pascual, and Other Stars of 'OTJ Visit the Different Parts of the Country

Amid the continuing rehabilitation of affected areas in the country devastated by typhoon Maring and Habagat, "On The Job" (OTJ) stars will delight Kapamilyas nationwide tomorrow (August 22) through simultaneous mall shows and symposia. I

n Pampanga, Piolo Pascual will join the symposium at Angeles University Foundation (3pm), and mall show at Marquee Mall Pampanga (5pm).

In Cebu, Gerald Anderson and Dawn Jimenez will be at Cebu Normal University (3pm), SM Cebu (4pm), and SM Consolacion (6pm).

In Bacolod, Direk Erik Matti and Joel Torre are featured guests ay University of St. La Salle Bacolod (10am) and Robinson Bacolod (4pm).

Co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, the internationally-acclaimed action-thriller "OTJ" will hit cinemas nationwide next Wednesday (August 28).
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

'Sapi' Trailer

Brilliante Mendoza  ventures into a horror film - his very first horror film ever! It is a joint venture of Mendoza’s Centerstage Productions and Solar Films.

Described in TIFF's official website as a "caustic cultural satire," the film starring Dennis Trillo will participate in the Vanguard section of the annual gathering along with 13 other international films.

It is scheduled to premiere in September.

Written by Henry Burgos, "Sapi" centers on a news team pressured to win back the audience share of its TV station. The three-man crew led by Trillo's character finds that "documenting an actual spiritual possession would be their only hope."

According to TIFF's description of "Sapi," Mendoza aims to highlight the "moral failings of the contemporary news media" with the unfolding of the film's story.

Watch the trailer here courtesy of http://mtrcb.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gerald Anderson and Piolo Pascual's Internationally Acclaimed Movie "OTJ" Hits PH Cinemas this August 28!

After capturing the hearts of international moviegoers and film critics in its world premiere in the prestigious 66th Cannes International Film Festival in France and bagging honors in the recently held 2013 Puchon International Fantastic (PiFan) Film Festival in South Korea, the much talked about action-thriller co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, "OTJ" (On The Job), will finally hit Philippine cinemas on August 28 (Wednesday).

Under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Erik Matti, "OTJ" is topbiled by two of the most brilliant actors of their generation Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, veteran actor Joey Marquez, and 2013 PiFan Film Festival best actor Joel Torre, who are all hands-down to their film's one-of-a-kind script.

"Natapos ko 'yung script ng isang basahan lang. I fell in love with the project right away. I was so moved by it. I really felt there's something different, something definitely out of the box," said Piolo, who is proud to be part of Star Cinema's return to the action genre. "It's an honor for me to be part of a film that's paying tribute to the action genre na medyo hindi na natin ginagawa. Kung maaalala natin, action ang unang genre na pinasok ng Star Cinema 20 years ago, 'yung "Adan Ronquillo ni Senator Bong Revilla."

Part of the continuing grand celebration of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary, "OTJ" shares the personal quest for justice of three men--NBI agent Francis (Piolo), Sgt. Joaquin (Joel), and two prisoners Daniel (Gerald) and Tatang (Joel).

Gerald shared that with the intensity of their action scenes, they felt that they were filming a Hollywood project. He explained, "Dito ko naranasan 'yung isang buong araw na shoot para lang sa chase scene namin sa MRT, sa city hall, at kung saan-saan. Feeling ko talaga nasa Hollywood kami kasi sobrang hirap kunan ang mga eksena namin. Kakaibang 'kilig' 'yung epekto nung trabahong 'to kasi alam kong hindi araw-araw or every project, pwede ko 'tong gawin."

If "OTJ" is memorable for Piolo and Gerald because it is their first action movie, it also made a mark in the heart of Joel because of the important character given to him by Star Cinema at Reality Entertainment.

"Tatang is a role of a lifetime for an actor," said Joel about his role in the movie that viewers should look out for. "At my age, akala ko relegated na lang ako sa tatay roles, na you get to shoot in five days and that's it. But "OTJ" made me a significant part of the story. Kapag napanood niyo na 'yung pelikula, malalaman nyo kung bakit siya hinangaan abroad."

Joey, meanwhile, is excited about how viewers will respond to the ‘new Tsong’ that is featured in the film “First time sa ganitong klaseng film na medyo unorthodox kumpara sa usual na ginagawa ko. Sa ‘OTJ,’ aksyon na aksyon talaga ako! It was a very challenging role. Parang it's something that somehow ‘upgraded’ me my little experience sa showbusiness," said Joey.

Also part of "OTJ" are Angel Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Empress, Dawn Jimenez, Leo Martinez, Michael de Mesa, Vivian Velez and Rayver Cruz.

Don't miss the internationally-acclaimed action-thriller na "OTJ," showing on cinemas nationwide on August 28, 2013.  
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"Hello Stranger," Thai's Favorite Romance Movie Airs in Cinema One

One of Thailand’s favorite romantic comedies is hitting television screens and is set to put a whole new identity on love stories on Sunday (August 18) as Cinema One airs the award-winning Thai film “Hello Stranger”.

Starring model-actor from ATM Chantavit Dhanasevi and singer-actress Nuengtida Sopon, “Hello Stranger” is about a young man and woman who both separately decide on taking a vacation to Korea. There, the two meet, and in a serendipitous atmosphere, decide to tour the country together with a far from normal kind of catch—that they keep their names secret from each other, in a story that reveals that when it comes to the identity behind true love, what’s in a name is far from what truly matters.

“Hello Stranger” was directed by the award-winning director Banjong Pisanthanaku, who garnered the title of “Most Promising Talent” for this film. He is also the director behind the popular Thai comedy horror film “Pee Mak”, which stars Mario Maurer and is currently being highly anticipated to hit local cinemas.

Upon the film’s commercial release, “Hello Stranger” went on to gross 130 million baht in Thailand and became one of the most successful movies of its time. The film was also screened in various Asian countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Taiwan.

Don’t miss out on this sweet Thai treat on Blockbuster Sundays movie block (August 18) at 8:00 p.m. on the Philippines’ number one cable channel, Cinema One (SkyCable channel  56).
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013


An awkward, self-conscious teen learns to embrace his individuality with the help of an unconventional mentor in Fox Searchlight's “The Way, Way Back,” a humorous and heartwarming story of self-discovery from Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants”).

The longtime writing partners make their feature-film directing debut with an original script packed with heartfelt wit and echoes of summer vacations past and present.

The critically acclaimed film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Allison Janney (“The Help”), AnnaSophia Robb (TV's “The Carrie Diaries”), Sam Rockwell (“Iron Man 2”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”) and Liam James (“2012”), Amanda Peet (“Identity Thief”), Rob Corddry (“Warm Bodies”).

“The Way, Way Back” is the coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Rockwell), the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz Water Park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget.

From a quintessential moment of teenage angst, Oscar® winning screenwriters Faxon and Rash have fashioned an original screenplay that captures the self-consciousness, uncertainty and hopefulness that make up adolescence.

“That first scene of the movie actually happened to me,” says Jim Rash. “I was in the car with my mother’s second husband and he made the same speech about how I wasn’t getting out there and taking advantage of what life has to offer.”
“The first scene defines the dynamic between Duncan and the people surrounding him,” observes Faxon.
As the writing partners began to fill out the story of a young man trying to find his voice in a confusing new situation, they decided his journey should include a timeless venue of which they both have fond memories—an old fashioned water park, where their lead character finds sanctuary and independence during histransformative summer.

Faxon and Rash remember spending long days at water parks as kids, dropped off there by parents hoping to enjoy some vacation fun of a more adult variety. “Those were days of reckless abandon,” says Faxon. “The freedom was exhilarating. We saw the water park setting as an opportunity for lots of laughs that would marry well with the world of Duncan’s home life. It balanced the tone of the film.”

The pair, along with Alexander Payne, won an adapted screenplay Oscar for the 2011 film “The Descendants,” directed by Payne and starring George Clooney. The recognition that followed was what gave them the opportunity to direct “The Way, Way Back,” a script they began working on almost a decade earlier.
“Jim and I wanted to make a timeless, nostalgic movie that brings together humor and poignancy,” says Faxon.

“The films we liked best growing up didn’t talk down to kids,” says Rash. “Now that time has given me a different view on life, I can look back and laugh, understanding what came from all that angst.”
Opening across the Philippines this September, “The Way, Way Back” is distributed by 20th Century Fox through Warner Bros.
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Columbia Pictures' new, explosive action thriller, “2 Guns.”

Two operatives (Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg) from competing bureaus are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unexpected partnership: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent, in Columbia Pictures' new, explosive action thriller, “2 Guns.”  

Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) reteams with Wahlberg to direct “2 Guns” from a screenplay that is written by Blake Masters (TV's “Brotherhood”) and based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant.  Boom! 

 Studios published the first issue of writer Steven Grant and artist Mateus Santolouoco’s explosive five-issue miniseries, “2 Guns,” in 2008. Grant told the intriguing tale of Bobby Trench and Michael Stigman, two undercover agents who discover that the amount of cash locked in the bank vault that they are robbing is not remotely what they expected. When the two find themselves double-crossed by the very men who set them up to do the job, they must go on the run from the organizations they vowed to serve.  

 Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boom! Studios Ross Richie walks us through the source material: “It’s a story about characters ground up by the system, set within the framework of government agencies that pursue their goals, no matter the consequences. Steven took the familiar noir trope of an undercover cop tale, and he deconstructed that. He also included lots of comedy and action to make it incredibly entertaining.”  

 The series of graphic novels is written by a man with a curious take on this style of writing. “I like doing crime comics,” admits Grant, who calls “2 Guns” an “anti-buddy” story. “I don’t actually believe in good and evil. From my perspective, people walk a line, fall on this side or that, and wobble back and forth. It’s just a natural existence. I tend to view my material not as dramas, but as situational comedies where everybody in the story thinks they know what’s going on, and actually nobody in it knows what’s going on.”  

Producer Marc Platt, who has shepherded to the big screen action hits such as “Wanted” and “Drive,” was keen to develop the graphic novel series brought to him by his colleague, fellow “2 Guns” producer Adam Siegel. Platt discusses his initial interest in the source material: “I always love stories where there are two characters who are seemingly very different, and the journey of the story is the way in which those two characters find their way to each other. Here were two guys who don’t want to be in the same general vicinity of each other, but who are forced to work together and learn something about each other and themselves in the process.”  

Siegel recalls what drew him to the project, and the manner in which he worked with a talented screenwriter to flesh it out: “When I read Steven Grant’s graphic novel, I was blown away by the great characters and the clear concept that these were two guys who were undercover from each other.” “2 Guns” is a natural progression of expression for director Baltasar Kormákur, a critically acclaimed actor and director in his native country of Iceland who made his American studio film debut in 2012’s hit “Contraband,” which starred Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.  

Discussing his choice to join the team, Kormákur says: “The script had this modern Western feel, which felt like something that I could play with and be stylized in finding ways of visualizing the story. There’s a lot of humanity to the characters. We like them as we follow them, even though they’re living in an elevated, but not necessarily unrealistic, criminal world.” 

He sums: “Ultimately, 2 Guns is a character-driven film that pays homage to Westerns through the feel and scope of the landscape.”  Kormákur readily admits that he is drawn to action scripts, but not simply for the sake of delivering adrenaline-fueled moments. “I look at what I can add to it, and I ask myself if I connect with the material or if it will just be another day at work,” he states. “I get attached to material that I feel I can put myself into and help the actors; that gets me excited.”  Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 18, “2 Guns” 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.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim's First Movie Project Hits the Box-Office with P100 Million Earnings

Star Cinema's funny film about moving on, "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo" earned P100 million in less than three weeks in the box-office. 

The certified blockbuster hit is the first movie team-up of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. 

It was the film adaptation of the best-selling 'self-help' humor book by self-proclaimed 'Internet action star Ramon Bautista and directed by blockbuster director Bb. Joyce Bernal. 

"Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo" is a a self-help comedy movie that tells the moving on experience of a brainy 'ugly duckling' employee Sandy Veloso (Kim) through the help of her rich and dashing  boss Alex Prieto (Xian). 

Know the answer to the ultimate question of the brokenhearteds, watch "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo," still showing in cinemas nationwide. 

For latest updates about "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo" and other Star Cinema's 20th anniversary movie offerings.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

'It Takes a Man and a Woman' and 'Iron Man 3' Lead the Highest Grossing Film in the Philippines for 2013

"It Takes a Man and a Woman" and "Iron Man 3" take the No. 1 spot in the Pinoy and Hollywood Top grossing films in the country for 2013. 

As of August 8, 2013, here are the lists of the most watched film in the Philippines:

(As of August 8, 2013)

1. It Takes A Man and a Woman (Star Cinema) – P375-M
2. Four Sisters and a Wedding (Star Cinema) – P145-M
3. Bromance: My Brother’s Romance (Star Cinema) – P72.67-M
4. A Moment in Time (Star Cinema) – P64.54-M
5. Must Be…Love (Star Cinema) – P60.74-M
6. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? (Star Cinema) -P51.7-M
8. Tuhog (Skylight Films) – P24.68-M
9. My Lady Boss (GMA Films/Regal Films) – P19.4-M
10. The Bride and the Lover (Regal Films) – P10.39-M

Seduction – undisclosed
The Fighting Chefs – undisclosed
Juana C The Movie – undisclosed

(As of August 8, 2013)

1. Iron Man 3 (Disney) – P631.48-M
2. Man of Steel (WB) – P388.43-M
3. Fast & Furious 6 (UIP) – P258.6-M
4. Despicable Me 2 (UIP) – P231.28-M
5. World War Z (UIP) – P208.17-M
6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (UIP) – P187-M
7. Pacific Rim (Warner Bros.) – P161.8-M
8. The Wolverine (Fox) – P152-M *
9. Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner Bros) – P126.61-M
10. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (UIP) – P111.93-M

Take note that The Wolverine is still showing in the different cinemas and it may change its ranking.
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