Skyfall is the title of the 23rd James Bond film, as announced during the press conference for the latest in the Bond franchise. Present in the London press conference were director Sam Mendes, producers Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Brocolli plus the cast: Daniel Craig (reprising his role as Bond), Javier Bardem (confirmed as the villain), [...]
Hitting Philippine primetime TV early 2012 is ABS-CBN’s Walang Hanggan which will star Coco Martin and Julia Montes. Also part of the cast are Paulo Avelino, Melissa Ricks, Joem Basco, Rita Avila, Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, Helen Gamboa and Susan Roces.
Here’s the official full trailer for Walang Hanggan:
Krizza Neri, who has Aiza Seguerra as her mentor, wins the title in the first season of GMA 7′s Protege. She received 1 million pesos, a 2-bedroom condo unit (worth 3 million pesos) from Suntrust Adriatico Gardens, a 4-year scholarship at STI and a 5-year contract with GMA Artist Center. Co-finalists Lovely Embuscado and Lirah Bermudez will also receive STI scholarships and 5-year contracts with GMA Artist Center. Special awards – Texters’ Choice Award and Biggest Break Award – were given to Lovely Embuscado.
GMA 7′s upcoming primetime series in the first quarter of 2012 My Beloved will star Dingdong Dantes and his real-life sweetheart Marian Rivera as leads. Marian replaces Rhian Ramos who was originally casted for the female lead role in the said series.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez faced each other again in a 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, Saturday. This is their third fight, with their first ending up in a controversial draw and the second in a split decision in favor of Pacquiao.
This time round, Pacquiao wins by majority decision with score 114-114, 115-113, 116-112, retaining his WBO Welterweight crown.
However, this was another controversial fight as Marquez (and some boxing fans) believed that the Mexican warrior was robbed.
Result for initial counting of global votes to elect the New Seven Wonders of Nature are out and the chosen 7 are as follows (in alphabetical order):
1. Amazon Rainforest – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela 2. Halong Bay – Vietnam 3. Iguazu Falls – Argentina, Brazil 4. Jeju Island – South Korea 5. Komodo National Park – Indonesia 6. Puerto Princesa Underground River – Philippines 7. Table Mountain – South Africa
The results will be checked, validated and independently verified and once validation process is completed, confirmed winners will be announced in early 2012.
The New7Wonders Foundation, based in Zurich, Switzerland, came up with the list based on votes through text messaging and Internet voting, which ended 11:11 GMT on Friday, November 11.
Here is the list of winners in the recently concluded 24th Aliw Awards, held at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World, Pasay City:
2011 Aliw Awards Winners for Live Entertainment: Best Male Teen Performer – Elmo Magalona Best Female Teen Performer – Julie Ann San Jose Best Collaboration for a Major Concert – Sarah Geronimo and Martin Nievera – What Love Is Concert Best Collaboration in a Concert – Jose Mari Chan and The Company – It’sComplicated (SMX Convention Center) Best Major Concert (Male) – Jed Madela – Christmas at the Newport Performing Arts Theater Best Major Concert (Female) – Charice Pempengco – David Foster & Friends / Charice: Home for Valentine Best Performance by a Female in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars – Jonalyn Viray – Bagaberde Best Performance by a Male in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars – Bo Cerrudo – Teatrino Best Performance by a Group in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars – Bloomfields – Rockville Bar Best Male Performance in a Concert – Gerald Santos (Music Museum) Best Female Performance in a Concert – Dulce – La Dulce Vita (Music Museum) Best New Artist (Group) – Opera Belles, Voyz Avenue Best New Artist – Angeline Quinto Best Dance Company – Philippine Ballet Theater Best Choral Group – UP Singing Ambassadors Best Cultural Group – St. Dominic Savio Cultural Group Best Instrumentalist – Joseph Esmilla (Violin) Best Male Classical Performer – Dondi Ong Best Female Classical Performer – Camille Lopez Molina Best Female Stand-up Comedienne – Pokwang – Endangered Species (Aliw Theater) Best Male Stand-up Comedian – Rex Navarette (Resorts World) Best Male Emcee – Raymond Gutierrez Best Female Emcee – Issa Litton Discovery Of the Year – Solenn Heussaff Entertainer of the Year – Charice Pempengco
2011 Aliw Awards Winners for Theater: Best Non-musical Production – Rajah Indarapata – Mindanao State University Best Musical Production – Cory ng Edsa The Musical – Philippines Stagers Foundation Best Actor (Non-musical) – Joel Lamangan – Fake (UP Playwrights Theater) Best Actor (Musical) – Vince Tanada – Cory ng Edsa The Musical (Philippine Stagers Foundation) Best Actress (Non-musical) – Frances Makil Ignacio – Joy Luck Club (Repertory Philippines) Best Actress (Musical) – Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo – Next to Normal (Atlantis Productions) Best Actor in a Featured Role – Joel Trinidad – Kaos (Resorts World Manila) Best Actress in a Featured Role – Jay Valencia Glorioso – In the Heights / A Little Night of Music (Atlantis Productions) Best Special Concept Production – Kaos (Resorts World Manila) Best Male Performer in Special Concept Production – Gian Magdangal – Kaos (Resorts World Manila) Best Female Performer in Special Concept Production – Sylvia La Torre – Laro (CCP) Best Stage Director (Non-musical) – Tony Mabesa – Fake (UP Playwrights Theater) Best Stage Director (Musical) – Audie Gemora – Noli Me Tangere (Tanghalang Pilipino) Best Concept Stage Director – Louie Ignacio – Charice Home for Valentine Best Musical Director (Concert) – Louie Ocampo – What Love Is
Musikahan Dulaang Rizal Award Noli Me Tangere – Tanghalang Filipino Rizal X – Dulaang UP Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal – Gantimpala Theater Foundation Pagsaulog ni Rizal sa Dapitan – Local Gov’t of Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte
Special Awards Roxanne Lapus IPAG (Integrated Performing Arts Guild) UP Pep Squad Joseph Valerio Ivy Violan Cris Vertido – Theater Mitch Valdez Amb. Alfonso Yuchengco
Hall of Fame Roxanne Lapus Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan Boy Abunda Halili Dance Company
Lifetime Achievement Award Tony Mabesa (Theater) Johnny Litton (Hosting) Fides Cuyugan Asencio (Opera) Maniya Barredo (Ballet) Joey Pepe Smith (Rock Music) Ms. Nora Aunor (Singer / Actress)
The trailer for epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is already out. The film, directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty, stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as Snow White, Charlize Theron (Monster) as the evil queen, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as the huntsman and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as the prince. Other members of the cast are Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins and Eddie Marsan.
In this dark retelling of the legendary tale, the evil queen learns that Snow White, the only person in the land fairer than her, is her key to eternal youth and beauty . She then hires a huntsman to kill Snow White but he ended up protecting and training Snow White in the arts of war instead.
Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1, 2012.
ABS-CBN stars spread the holiday cheers via the network’s ‘Da Best’ Christmas Station ID, launched Thursday, Nov. 10, after TV Patrol.
The SID launch, which premiered simultaneously with ABS-CBN on Studio 3, Hero TV, Lifestyle Network, Velvet, Cinema One, DZMM TeleRadyo, ANC, Myx, Balls and The Filipino Channel (TFC), kicks off ABS-CBN Christmas campaign for 2011, which also includes selling of parols, Kapamilya Simbang Gabi, text promo and interactive online games.
The theme song for the station ID, Da Best Ang Pasko ng Pilipino, was performed by 11-year old Filipino-Canadian YouTube sensation Maria Aragon. Lyrics were written by Robert Labayen and music composed & produced by Jimmy Antiporda.
PBA player Ali Peek was shot on the left side of his neck on Monday, November 7, at the parking lot of RFM Gym in Mandaluyong City.
The 36-year old center for Talk ‘N Text PBA team has just finished working out and was walking towards his car when an unidentified assailant fired one shot from behind.
Peek was rushed to The Medical City hospital in Pasig City. Talk ‘N Text team manager Aboy Castro said the Fil-American was “conscious and in stable condition.” Several medical tests were made and he’ll undergo an operation to completely remove the bullet from his neck.
4 witnesses already gave their statement and investigation is still ongoing as they’re trying to figure out who the gunman was and what could have been the motive behind the attack.
A new witness in the slaying of actor-politician Ramgen Revilla was presented by the Parañaque City police yesterday, November 8.
Lloyd Comeda, named as one of the hired killers of 23-yr old Ramgen, substantiates the information that the victim’s siblings, Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista and Ramona Bautista, plus Michael Nartea and Roy Francis Tolisora, plotted to kill Ramgen.
Testimony of Ramgen’s production assistant, Ronald Angcajas, was also submitted to the prosecutor. According to him, there’s really a rift between Ramgen and RJ and they have a dispute over money and cars. He said the conflict between brothers started when RJ, 18, sold his new Mitsubishi Strada for P800,000. Ramgen was often using that car so he told their father, Ramon Revila Sr, what RJ did. Revilla Sr. was displeased so he tried to teach son a lesson by refusing to pay the down payment of RJ’s newly purchased Mitsubishi Montero car. Thus began the rift between the brothers which Chief Inspector Sy, head of Task Force Ramgen, suspects to be the motive for the crime.
Meanwhile, RJ now officially faces charges of murder and frustrated murder as the complaint filed against him has advanced to the Parañaque Regional Trial Court. Arraignment is set on November 16, 2011.
Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos, 21, was crowned the 61st Miss World beating 122 contestants who competed at the pageant held in London on Sunday.
Sarcos is a human resources graduate currently working for a broadcasting company. Her ambition is to work with children. She has already created her own foundation to help youngsters.
Gwendoline Ruais of the Philippines is 1st runner-up and Amanda Perez of Puerto Rico is 2nd runner-up.
Candidates who made it to top 15 are Indonesia, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Philipines, US Virgin Islands, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Scotland and England. Afterwards, the top 7 called are Korea, Venezuela, England, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Scotland.
Next year’s host country for the beauty pageant is Ordos City in Inner Mongolia, China.
Kapamilya heartthrob Xian Lim’s growing popularity landed him a spot on the “Top 10 Newsmakers” list in Google Philippines last week. He ranked #6 on the list after getting a lot of buzz for his role in the hit teleserye My Binondo Girl. His pairing with ABS-CBN’s primetime princess Kim Chiu in the said teleserye has proven to be very successful that several social networking sites have been flooded with positive feedbacks and clamor for a follow-up TV series or movie for the two. With their fast-growing fanbase, names for their team-up have also been created (JanDy – from their names on the series, KimXi, and KimIan). More of Kim and Xian (as Jade and Andy) can be seen in My Binondo Girl, weeknights after Budoy, on ABS-CBN.
Meanwhile, other Kapamilya stars who also made it to the “Top 10 Newsmakers” list are Paulo Avelino, Enrique Gil, Khalil Ramos and Thai-German Mario Maurer.
Official trailer and poster of the film Safe House has finally been released by Universal Pictures.
In this action-thriller, Denzel Washington (American Gangster, Training Day) plays a rogue CIA agent. After the safe house where he’s being held is attacked, young CIA agent Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, The Proposal) was tasked with the dangerous job of moving him to a different, more secure location.
Besides Washington and Reynolds, Safe House also stars Brenda Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Robert Patrick, Liam Cunningham, Tim McGraw, and Joel Kinnaman. Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (The Fighter) directs and script is by David Guggenheim (Medallion).
The film opens in US theaters on February 10, 2012.
Martin Scorsese’s upcoming 3D adventure drama film, Hugo, has another new poster released.
The film, based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is about an orphan boy who lives a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When he encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a fantastic adventure that will lead him to solve a mystery involving the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner and a heart-shaped lock.
Hugo stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer and Jude Law. It opens in US theaters on November 23, 2011.
First four castaways for the Season 4 of Survivor Philippines were revealed during tonight’s newscast of 24 Oras’ Chikka Minute. Its showbiz segment anchor Pia Guanio announced the following celebrity couples who will be battling it out on this year’s Survivor Philippines Celebrity Double Showdown …
Geneva Cruz – KC Montero (estranged couple)
Stefany Prescott – Gino Dela Peña (Starstruck avenger and her hunk model suitor)
Richard Gutierrez will be back as host and Survivor Philippines Season 4 location is still yet to be announced.
Stay tuned as this page will be updated for more of the castaways and details as they become available.
Another 2 pairs revealed:
Arnold Aninion – John Odulio (Philippine Volcanoes teammates)
Isabel Granada – Chuckie Dreyfus (80s loveteam)
Next batch of celebrity doubles:
Maria Isabel Lopez – Mara Lopez Yokohama (mother – daughter tandem)
Ellen Adarna – Filo Cucueco (internet celebrity and her non-showbiz boyfriend)
The internet is abuzz that this season’s location is San Vicente, Palawan. This hasn’t been confirmed yet.
4 more castaways introduced:
Arthur Solinap – Carlo Gonzales (hunky tisoy cousins)
Alyssa Alano – Aifha Medina (Startalk host and her ‘Sex Bomb’ best friend)
Rounding up the 20 castaways:
Jackie Forster – DJ Angelicopter (former actress and her DJ friend)
Maey Bautista – Alberto “Betong” Sumaya (comic duo)
Survivor Philippines 4 (Celebrity Double Showdown) tentatively starts on November 14 replacing Iglot on GMA 7 primetime slot.