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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I support Avery Paraiso on his StarStruck Season 6 journey ♡♡♡

photos from Facebook and GMA Network

This curly-haired mestizo guy over here is none other than my crushie, Avery Paraiso.

I've known him since August 2013 but we're not really friends. I'm just a fan (like you guys).

I once saw him in person at Greenbelt 3 a few months back. He was descending on the escalator from the 3rd floor with a friend. I was mesmerized by him because he seemed like a curly-haired angel (cherub) coming down from heaven at that moment. I tried to stare at him to check if it's really him (even though I already kinda confirmed that it was really him because...I mean...c'mon...the hair) but I felt shy. LOLZ!

Anyway, he's from Antipolo and he's a Lasallian. I love Lasallian guys.

He's so gwapo in that photo above. Don't you think?

Anyhow....now he has joined Starstruck and I'm just so happy to say that he's also part of the top 35. He still got a long way to go but I know he'll be able to make it to the very top. I know he has what it takes to be like my future boyfriend Alden Richards someday (though, from what I heard, Alden failed at the auditions, but as if that still matters today since he is sooooooo big now in the industry).

I'm wishing you the very best, Avery! I'll be praying for your success in StarStruck Season 6. ♡♡♡ *pabebe wave*

Oh, gosh...I love you, Avery. Ahihihihi!

Follow Avery on Twitter @AveryParaiso.

Avery: When I first heard about the new season of StarStruck coming out this year, I had to join. No one pushed me, forced me, or made me do it other than myself. This could be my big break, something that will push me to my limits. It’s been a long and amazing journey for me so far.

Click here to learn more about Avery and the other StarStruck hopefuls.

I seldom (as in really seldom) blog about guys anymore (for the past 2 or 3 years now) so you can probably say that this post is really a very special one.



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I once wanted to work at Convergys because of the guy in this ad

I saw this ad last summer while I was walking along the Ayala underpass one afternoon.

I find the guy in this ad to be really cute. I wonder if he really works at Convergys? I have a feeling that he does (or once did). I dunno.

Do you know who he is? Teehee!

I love his brows and his smile. His smile looks so boyish. His brows make him look so manly. So I guess the two kinda balance each other out.

He says he "opens doors." I wonder if he's also the guy that I've been waiting for who'll open the door to my heart? CHOZ!!!!!!!

Anyway, as if I'll ever get the chance to meet him in person. It's just a thought. And I just think that he's cute. Ahihihi!

That's all. Thank you.



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Chris Evans debuts as director in charming love story “BEFORE WE GO”


Chris Evans steps off from his duties in saving the world and debuts as a director in the upcoming romantic, serendipitous movie “Before We Go.” Drawing his inspiration from director Richard Linklater of the highly acclaimed films “Before Sunset,” “Before Sunrise” and “Before Midnight,” Evans also stars in “Before We Go” where two strangers meet at Grand Central Station and spent the night away contemplating on their current and uncertain future. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves.

Evans stars alongside the beautiful Alice Eve wherein Evans plays Nick, a trumpet player practicing along the corridors of the Station on the fateful night he meets Brooke (Eve). Brooke is seen frantically catching the last train home after being robbed, Nick volunteers to get her home safe and try to find the culprit who stole her bag.

“I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct,” Evans says. “But (time) never really opens up. There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what — I have to do this. I’ve always been a big fan of romance, and I think this story captured the idea of meeting somebody in an unexpected, unintentional night, unfolding in a really pure manner. You have two characters that were hiding, running, damaged. And each one of them were in need of a kind of understanding on what love meant.”

“Before We Go’s” producing studio RADiUS collaborates once again with Evans, whom they have previously worked with in “Snowpiercer.” “We’re excited to be working with him again on this winning romance,” added RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego. “Directed with a deft hand, both he and Alice have tremendous chemistry with each delivering an assured subtlety and highly seductive performance.”

“As a first time director, I’m so excited that we found a home with RADiUS,” Evans said in a statement earlier this year. “I was really impressed with what they did on ‘Snowpiercer’ and my film couldn’t be in better hands.”

“Before We Go” opens September 2 exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.



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Monday, August 24, 2015

“INSIDE OUT” opens at no. 1 with PhP 97.17-M in 5 days


Filipino audiences met the little voices inside their heads and apparently loved the experience, as Disney-Pixar's “Inside Out” shot to the top of the box-office with a record-breaking P97.17 million gross in five days (Aug. 19 to 23). This was announced today by Walt Disney Studios Philippines which distributed the film through Columbia Pictures.

A comedy adventure featuring a team of Emotions who help guide an 11-year-old girl through an unsettling change in her life, “Inside Out” now holds the record for the Biggest Walt Disney/Pixar opening weekend of all-time, beating last year's “Big Hero 6” (P69.99-M) and 3rd biggest animation opening weekend of all-time, bumping off “How to Train Your Dragon 2's” P84.9-M.

The success of “Inside Out” in the Philippines is significant and impressive as the film had the handicap of opening here two months after its US release. Moviegoers in Manila have been accustomed to watching their films ahead of everyone else in the world, but the delay of “Inside Out” proved to be a wise move.

“Inside Out” also benefited from the Manila press tour of director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen two weeks ago which generated buzz and goodwill, and allowed Filipinos to celebrate its hometown hero in Cavite-born Del Carmen.

The film opened in the U.S. June 19 with a monumental $92-million haul, the biggest debut ever for an original film. On its third week of release, “Inside Out” catapulted to the number one spot of the US domestic box-office. Its cumulative worldwide gross now stands at $689.9-million and still growing.

In the Philippines, the three biggest-grossing cinemas are SM North EDSA (P4.16-M), Trinoma (P4.03-M) and SM Megamall (P3.95-M).

They're followed by Power Plant (P3.31-M), SM Mall of Asia (P3.18-M), Eastwood (P2.72-M), Glorietta 4 (P2.58-M), Greenhills Promenade (P2.37-M), Alabang Town Center (P2.159-M) and Robinsons Magnolia (P2.155-M).

Also posting high receipts are Greenbelt 3 (P1.79-M), SM Aura (P1.77-M), Shang Cineplex (P1.74-M), Fisher Mall (P1.65-M), SM Cebu (P1.60-M), Ayala Cebu (P1.42-M), SM Fairview (P1.35-M), Bonifacio High Street (P1.319-M), SM Marikina (P1.317-M) and SM Southmall (P1.30M).

Beside the abovementioned records, “Inside Out” also smashed the following milestones.

  • Biggest Walt Disney/Pixar animation Thursday of all-time (P10.64-M), beating “Big Hero 6” (P8.4-M)
  • Biggest Walt Disney/Pixar animation Friday of all-time (P27-M), beating “Up” (P13-M)
  • Biggest Walt Disney/Pixar Single Day (Friday, P27-M), beating “Big Hero 6” (P25.4-M)

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Still playing to record crowds across the Philippines, “Inside Out” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.



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Friday, August 21, 2015

There's no stopping “ZOOLANDER 2” teaser trailer


Take your first look at the really, really good-looking model Derek Zoolander who returns to the big screen after a 14-year absence. Paramount Pictures has just unveiled the very first teaser trailer of “Zoolander 2,” the sequel to the 2001 hit comedy “Zoolander” starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who are both reprising their original roles.

The trailer starts with a voice (that sounds like Stephen Hawking) describing the creation of the universe and the complexity of man, only to be followed by Derek Zoolander (Stiller) posing the six million dollar question: "If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?"

Directed by Stiller, with a screenplay written by Justin Theroux, “Zoolander 2” also stars Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor and Olivia Munn.

Watch the trailer below.



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Star Wars story “ROGUE ONE” - The daring mission has begun

Resistance Fighters Unite to Steal Plans for Death Star

Lucasfilm announced recently that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, “Rogue One,” has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing “Rogue One,” which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award® for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar®-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy® for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

“‘Rogue One’ takes place before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”). #StarWarsPH

“Rogue One” will be released in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Star Wars in the country, namely, (FB) StarWarsPH, (Twitter) @starwarsph and (Instagram) iamstarwars_ph.



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Monday, August 17, 2015

Official “DEADPOOL” red band trailer finally released


20th Century Fox has recently released the official trailer of Marvel’s “Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds in the titular role who possesses a superhuman healing factor with enhanced strength, agility and reflex.

Directed by Academy-Award nominee Tim Miller with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool” is based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Co-starring in this most-awaited superhero with Reynolds are Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

“Deadpool” arrives in cinemas (Phils.) on February 3, 2016 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Game of Thrones' Ed Skrein at the driver's seat in “TRANSPORTER 4 REFUELED”


From the makers of the “Taken” trilogy comes “Transporter 4 Refueled” – a total reboot of the franchise starring “Game of Thrones’” Ed Skrein in the titular iconic role.

No-brakes and an accelerated action extravaganza, “Transporter 4 Refueled” finds Frank Martin now living a less perilous life transporting classified packages for questionable people. But the normalcy is suddenly interrupted when his father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, worse he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.

Ed Skrein, an upcoming lead actor who also takes on a major role in the upcoming “Deadpool” movie, takes on a fresh and all-new personification of the iconic ‘Transporter’ role of Frank Martin that re-launches the high-octane franchise into present day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

Non-stop drive begins when “Transporter 4 Refueled” opens this September 2 from Pioneer Films.



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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Chris Evans in romantic date movie “BEFORE WE GO” - Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas


Chris Evans’ directorial debut in the romantic movie “Before We Go” wherein he also stars opposite Alice Eve starts showing at Ayala Malls Cinemas on September 2.

Set in Manhattan, the story follows two strangers after their serendipitous meeting in Grand Central. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves. Evans stars as Nick Vaughan, a trumpet playing street performer who serendipitously met Brooke Dalton, played by Alice Eve, in Grand Central Station who got stranded in New York after she has been robbed. Volunteering to make it through the night, the duo spend the wee hours wandering around the city embarking on a night of destiny.

“As a first time director, luckily, I had a great crew that made it a lot easier. I just like movies that have a lot of dialogue and it kinda fits that bill,” Evans shared on his first directorial work in the movie

“Before We Go” opens September 2 in cinemas exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.

Check out the movie’s trailer below.



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Beki Rider: Raising awareness about the LGBT Motorcycle Community

As part of campaign to raise awareness of the LGBT Motorcycle Rider Community in the Philippines, FARR CLUB (Friends Along the Road Riders) has made a team of 3 as a representative of FLAG Riders (Federation of Lesbian and Gay Riders) to join the First Kawasaki Riders Club Philippines 1200 Kilometer in 24 hours Road Rally Challenge on September 26, 2015.

The KRCP ROAD RALLY CHALLENGE is a 24HR 1200KM Endurance Challenge and is the first ever feat for hard-core endurance motorcycle riders in attempting to conquer more than 1,000 kilometres of riding distance covering CALABARZON area – Manila to Cavite, Batangas, Quezon, Laguna and Rizal and back to Manila within a continuous 24-hour period.

With the alarming increase in Riding in Tandem crimes across the Philippines and the success of Mandaluyong's City Ordinance, The Anti Riding in Tandem, where they don't allow 2 males on one motorcycle. It is not far that other cities may follow and implement this.

FLAG Riders' goal is to raise awareness that not all male motorcycle drivers are straight male and male back rides are straight male as well. My goal is for them to recognize same sex relationship and add provisions to the existing city ordinance of Mandaluyong City that if there is enough proof to prove that both parties are in a relationship that they may be exempted from the Anti Riding in Tandem ordinance.

They fear that if other cities would follow this ordinance, the LGBT community, specifically the Gay and Transwoman Community, may fall victim to this.

Show your support for Beki Rider by liking their Facebook page.

Thank you.



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Friday, August 14, 2015

8th Wonder of the World revealed in “KUNG FU PANDA 3”


In the final scene of “Kung Fu Panda 2,” we were teased with a glimpse of a panda village where our hero Po’s long-lost father, Li, is living. Five years and nearly 600 artists later, that village is fully realized, and has become the 8th wonder of the world. As the visual development images show, Li’s home is a stunningly majestic and picturesque world. It’s a living paradise that mixes ancient Chinese architecture with the pure beauty of nature.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is the first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based studio, Oriental DreamWorks. The alliance has brought a striking level of detail and authenticity to this panda Shangri-La.

“We worked with Oriental DreamWorks to create a faithful panda environment,” says production designer Raymond Zibach, better known as Ramone. “Many of the details we used to surround the pandas were done by the art department in China.”

“If you look closely, the decorative elements of the panda village were designed by the art department at Oriental DreamWorks,” adds director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. “They researched every meaning behind the symbols, which was incredibly helpful in our quest to achieve authenticity.”

Looking to China's gorgeous natural wonders for inspiration, the creative team took a 10-day trip to Qingcheng, part of the Sichuan province, to soak up the ambiance.

“It was incredibly inspirational,” says Ramone. “We saw the mystical mountain outside the city of Chengdu, which is where they have a panda reserve.”

“If you’ve ever dreamed of being surrounded by baby pandas, this is where it is!” says Jennifer.

Returning to the States with terabytes of exquisite images, both the U.S. and Chinese teams began creating a digital 3D panda village. The fantastical world could then be explored with a virtual camera.

“We can scout - virtually - any location within the panda village,” explains director Alessandro Carloni. “By creating this panda paradise as a whole set piece, we were able to fly through it and discover fresh new angles.”

“It was a huge technological leap from the first film,” adds Jennifer.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” arrives in theaters on March 16, 2016 from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Filipino Kali martial arts used by world's premiere stunt team for Rupert Friend's training in “HITMAN: AGENT 47”


Fresh off the success of Keanu Reeves’ groundbreaking action film “John Wick,” which Chad Stahelski directed and David Leitch produced that has finally redefined the action movie for the 21st Century, the pioneering duo bring their unique vision in stunt choreography in the latest game-to-movie total reboot of “Hitman: Agent 47.” Directed by Aleksander Bach, a noted commercials director making his feature film debut, from a screenplay by Skip Woods (“The A-Team”) and Michael Finch (“Predators”) and a story by Woods, “Hitman: Agent 47” stars Rupert Friend in the titular role along with Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto.

Known only as 47, Friend dons the custom-tailored suit of the deadliest assassin who was genetically enhanced since conception bent on breaking the syndicate out to unlock his secrets as the undefeated killing machine the world has ever known. With two mysterious characters in tow, Katia van Dees (Ware) and John Smith (Quinto), 47 is on a race against time to fulfill his mission while he stealthily dispatches an entire phalanx of soldiers and unknown operatives in a series of split-second action sequences before they even realize he’s there.

“I'd say the action is heightened,” says Leitch, who doubled for Brad Pitt earlier in his stuntman career. “A term we use a lot is hyperreal, so I mean we might be using real techniques and practical techniques in terms of training the actor, but then when it becomes him killing 25 guys, you realise that's a little bit more fantasy than reality.”

“They understand action in the best way that I’ve ever seen working on set,” enthuses Friend. “They call it Gun Fu, which is basically kung fu, but with guns in your hands. So as you saw in the trailer, I’m breaking people’s necks with my legs, which I did about 65 times. It’s full on, and they want full contact.”

Action unit directors Chad Stahelski and David M. Leitch, stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio and fight coordinator Jon Valera – all from 87-11 Action Design, one of the industry’s premier stunt teams. 87-11 has also overseen the stunts and action for “Jurassic World,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “John Wick.”

Among the company’s fans is Rupert Friend, who notes, “87-11 doesn’t just create arbitrary fighting styles. Each character has a distinctive style.” To that end, Eusebio, Valera and stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara made John Smith a brawler with a big haymaker-punching style. He’s very much a bull-in-a-china shop, while 47 is a far more tactical fighter.

Their final confrontation highlights each man’s fighting style and strengths. “It features a close quarter gun battle, the likes of which you haven’t seen before on screen,” says Valera. “We’ve been trying to do something like this for a few years. It’s hand-to-hand combat with contrasting styles. Smith is stronger, but 47 tries to outsmart him.”

“47 is the opposite – he’s more linear and efficient in his movements,” Eusebio continues. So we trained Rupert in Malaysian Silat and Filipino Kali martial arts ‘empty hands’ styles.”

Adds Eusebio: “When Rupert grabs a weapon, he looks like he’s handled it for a long time. And I’m not just talking about 47’s signature weapon, the silver ballers handgun. We wanted Rupert to be able to use anything he could find – like a broken bottle, a plate, a pen, or a lamp – and turn it into a deadly weapon.”

But Friend made sure he was more than adept at wielding the silver ballers. “I spent weeks with a fantastic lead armaments team that trained me to the point where I could put a bag on my head and take the gun apart, and then put it back together.”

“Hitman: Agent 47” opens August 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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America's unluckiest lovable family returms in “VACATION”


New Line Cinema’s outrageous comedy “Vacation” starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth, marks the big screen return of the Griswold clan—and their epically disastrous family outings.

The Griswolds first hit the screen in 1983 with the release of John Hughes’s and Harold Ramis’s zeitgeist-shifting “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” based on Hughes’s short stories in the eponymous humor magazine. The film became a global phenomenon and opened the way for the Griswolds to bumble through an escalating series of hilarious highs and gut-bustingly funny lows in the three subsequent films that followed—1985’s “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” 1989’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and 1997’s “Vegas Vacation.” Collectively, the films have introduced a litany of outrageous one-liners into the American cultural lexicon, and garnered generations of fans.

Among them were filmmakers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the scribes behind films like “Horrible Bosses” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” who are making their directorial debut with the 2015 entry in the canon.

The creative pair grew up steeped in the misadventures of the luckless but ever-optimistic Clark Griswold, which Chevy Chase embodies as the ultimate silver screen father who tries too hard, along with Beverly D’Angelo as his wife and eternal voice of reason, Ellen. But the hapless father taking his family to Walley World this time around is Rusty Griswold—who as a teenager delivered some of the film series’ biggest laughs and as an adult is walking proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Goldstein calls the Griswold clan “the unluckiest family in the world, but that’s also what makes them relatable. We’ve all been in these situations where you get together with your family and nothing seems to go right. On the other hand, the things that happen to our Griswolds probably never happen to anybody in the real world to a large extent.”

“I would only hope,” Daley adds. “At the same time, it’s funny to watch someone fall down, but it’s never funny to fall down. You’re laughing at yourself, you’re embarrassed, but if you’re looking at it from an outsider’s perspective, it’s always going to be funnier than if you’re the one experiencing it. And I think that there is a certain sense of relief that people get in watching a family go through such terrible, terrible times—because it’s not happening to them.”

With the torch being passed to the current generation of gifted onscreen comedians, it makes perfect sense that the writer/directors would enlist The Hangover trilogy’s hapless dentist Stu—Ed Helms—to inherit the Griswold surname. As Rusty, Helms is joined onscreen by Christina Applegate, one of today’s most beloved cinematic comediennes, as Rusty’s wife, Debbie, with young actors Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins playing their warring sons, Kevin and James, and Chase and D’Angelo reprising their iconic roles.

Opening across the Philippines August 19, “Vacation” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chris Hemsworth displays comedic chops in “VACATION”


Australian actor and “Thor” himself, Chris Hemsworth dips his toes in the comedy pool with New Line Cinema's adult ribtickler, “Vacation.”

Hemsworth plays Stone Crandall, a popular on-air forecaster who has done very well and is on the cusp of even more success, with the ranch and cattle and man toys to prove it. And as the Griswold's trip spirals out of control, Rusty (Ed Helms) and his family find themselves on his doorstep.

To find the perfect man that is Stone Crandall, the filmmakers looked to the gods, or at least one of them. Hemsworth, who has notably saved the world as the popular mythical figure Thor, was excited to come on board. "I grew up on the 'Vacation' films like most people my age, so I was all in," says Hemsworth. "But this was also an opportunity to do something different. I loved the script and the character and the cast involved. It was a no-brainer. I knew it would be a blast."

Hemsworth describes his character as "a cheesy weatherman, a bit of a douche bag who has some old-fashioned views of the world. He gets away with a lot of the outrageous things he's saying and doing because he's charming and you kind of forgive him for it."

Although Hemsworth is known as a dramatic actor, he was thrown into the comedy deep end with the rest of the veteran cast.

"He was astounding. Just so funny and likeable," remarks director John Francis Daley. "You know, you wanna hate a guy who's that handsome but we all developed man crushes and just wanted to hang around him."

Hemsworth describes Stone's relationship with his wife, Audrey (Leslie Mann), as "hugely sexual, I believe. It's probably the only thing that they have in common or agree upon."

That isn't all that is huge. Even bigger than his ego are his family jewels. Stone Crandall is distractingly, epicly endowed. Unfortunately, having his brother-in-law's natural perfection literally in his face only makes things worse for Rusty, who holds his own relationship up to Stone's as a measuring stick....which leads to one of the film's most outrageous scenes.

“I don’t have a background in comedy, but everyone on this film couldn’t be more welcoming or more supportive,” shares Hemsworth. “I was nervous coming into it but they’ve all made it a wonderful experience.”

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

Opening across the Philippines August 19, “Vacation” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.



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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Hangover's” Ed Helms goes on an outrageous “VACATION”


One of the current generation's gifted onscreen comedians, Ed Helms (“The Hangover” trilogy’s hapless dentist Stu) makes his leading man debut as family man Rusty Griswold in New Line Cinema’s outrageous comedy “Vacation.”

In the film, we meet Rusty—a pilot for budget airline Econo Air—just as it’s dawning on him that all is not well in his Chicago abode. “It becomes clear to him very early on in the film that he's completely mistaken about this fantasy that he has the perfect family,” director and screenwriter John Francis Daley explains. “In fact, the kids really don’t look up to him. They don't get along at all, and his wife is not as happy as she could be in their marriage.”

Unlike anyone who has ever seen the original “Vacation,” Rusty has only glowing memories of that long ago trip to Walley World and thinks his own family could a dose of family bonding. “Rusty sort of has a case of selective memory,” director and screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein elaborates. “He’s somehow blocked out all the terrible things that happened on that trip, and thinks that if he can replicate that, all will be well with the Griswold family.”

Jumping into the only rental car Rusty can find—the Tartan Prancer (billed as the “Honda of Albania”)—the family heads west, and soon finds themselves getting a crash-course in misadventures.

Although there’s no denying the Griswold DNA, Goldstein attests that Helms’s Rusty is a completely different animal than Chevy Chase’s Clark. “Ed so perfectly personifies the well-meaning, somewhat innocent dad who finds himself up the creek, so to speak. But he does have some of those Clark Griswold characteristics—that dogged optimism of: ‘We’re going to get through this, whatever it takes, and it’s going to be great—even if it kills us.’ And Ed embodies that quality so authentically.”

Being himself a diehard fan of the original, he relished the opportunity to steer a new generation of Griswolds on their own collision course with destiny. “When you see the Griswolds fail, time and time again, you get a nice feeling of superiority,” he jokes. “You think, ‘At least I’m not that bad. At least my family’s not that crazy. But that’s also why you root for them, and I think, in the end, it feels good when this family gets it together and there’s cohesiveness. It feels gratifying.”

Helms was drawn to the clean slate he had with the adult Rusty. “And the script was just so damn funny,” he relates. “Jonathan and John just wrote this thing in the perfect tone. It felt contemporary, totally fresh and original, but also very much in keeping with both the comedy and the kind of heartwarming values of the original movie. And they shoot in a very specific way that elevates what’s on the page—that’s exactly what you want out of comedy directors.”

Helms emphasizes that while the laughs are not in short supply, it’s the heart the filmmakers have infused into the story that truly sells the jokes. “The Griswolds are good people who want to be a happy family, but the world makes that really hard sometimes,” he says. “What sets Rusty apart is just how hard he’s willing to fight to make it right and to make sure the family does have fun and that they love each other. And sometimes it doesn’t even matter if they’re actually having fun, as long as they’re just smiling and saying that they’re having fun. That’s almost enough for Rusty sometimes.”

“Hopefully, people will see themselves in these characters,” Helms concludes. “It’s the insane situations that the Griswolds wind up in and how they handle it that will make people laugh or cringe or feel empathy. It’s just that undying effort to do the right thing, that earnestness and desire to be a loving family against all odds. Yes, there’s a desperation there. Families are a mess, you know?” he laughs. “They’re all a little bit crazy. So when we see one on a movie screen, we want them to get it right, and the Griswolds want to get it right—they just can’t.”

Opening across the Philippines on August 19, “Vacation” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It feels good to fall in love once again (part 3)

I thought I could just let this pass, but I couldn’t. And I guess it’s simply because last Thursday night was probably one of the most “kilig” moments of my life ever. EVER.

Two of my friends invited me to have a quick dinner at Chowking along Rufino St. last Thursday night. I was hesitant to go home at that time, yet, since it was raining cats and dogs outside, thus, traffic was inevitably heavy as well.

We decided to set off to Chowking when we saw that it already began drizzling. We got there at around past 6PM. Food was terrible as expected. I was initially thinking of going to Chubby’s instead since it’s nearer but my friend said that she wanted some sweet and sour pork (when we got to Chowking, she instead ordered for a siopao).

A few minutes later, we were already thinking of going back when the rain started pouring heavily again. Good thing it was already after office hours and that we were already done with our tasks for that day.

At around 7PM, one of my friends said that she still needed to withdraw some money from a nearby ATM. It was still raining outside but we thought it was already somehow tolerable. We braved the rain while singing Mariah Carey’s “Through The Rain” in our heads. CHOZ!

Luckily, this BPI atm along Dela Rosa was still open. My friend stepped inside the atm booth while I was fixing my hot pink umbrella. My other friend went inside as well as she didn’t have an umbrella with her. She invited me to join them so that I wouldn’t get wet. I told them that I was ok and that I had my umbrella with me anyway.

A few seconds later, I somehow noticed that the rain was beginning to stop. I could hardly feel the raindrops on my umbrella. I turned back and decided to look up to check. I tilted my umbrella backwards, preparing to close it, to fold it, and to wriggle it dry.

And then all of a sudden, I realized that there was a guy who was also standing right behind me. He was wearing blue long sleeves. I thought he was carrying an iPad (or iPod) or a notebook on his right arm. Headphones plugged into his ears. His eyebrows still looking so thick. His hair a little wet. His eyes dazzling. His face captivating. He looked so handsome. He just looked so handsome.

My eyes opened wide. My heartbeat started racing. Time somewhat stopped.

Instantly, I thought I heard Jessie J. singing “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

Bang, bang into the room
I know you want it
Bang, bang all over you
I'll let you have it
Wait a minute, let me take you there
Wait a minute ‘til you….

And then, after a split second, the music changed to Toni Gonzaga’s “Catch Me I’m Falling”.

I don't know why but when I look in your eyes
I feel something that seems so right
You've got yours I've got mine
I think I'm losing my mind
‘Coz I shouldn't feel this way
Catch me I'm falling for you
And I don't know what to do….

I really didn’t know what to do. Was I supposed to offer him my umbrella?

Sukob na, halika na
Sabay tayo sa payong ko
Hawak na, kapit pa
Sa payong ko magkasama tayo….

I knew it was the right thing to do. I would’ve done it for anyone. Anyone BUT him. I just couldn’t….

I literally froze right that very moment. Just an hour ago it was raining so hard and I was complaining and all that, and then all of sudden “that” happened. I was like…Dear God….you really love me THIS MUCH?

I guess I was so obvious that my friends noticed that I was feeling quite uneasy outside the ATM booth. They peered out to see what was going on and the moment that they saw him they instantly knew who was driving me crazy that one cold and rainy Thursday night.

I reckoned that he was listening to some music at that time anyway so I gathered all my courage to speak up and to tell my friends to hurry up as we needed to leave as soon as possible.

Arriba! Arriba! Ándale! Ándale!

I used my umbrella to cover my face as we were leaving. I didn’t want to leave, yet, but I knew it was the right thing to do even if it felt kinda wrong. Me not offering him my umbrella. Him standing outside in the rain getting kinda wet. It was just so wrong.

Everything was just so wrong.

But as I was staring at him…when my eyes met his for a millisecond…as I tried to remember the feeling that I felt inside at that very moment….

How can something so wrong
Feel so right all along
Catch me, I'm falling for you
How can time be so wrong?
For love to come along
Catch me, I'm falling for you....



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Friday, August 7, 2015

High-octane action movie of the year opens August 19 - “HITMAN: AGENT 47”


Amplifying and transcending every rule in the action genre, the latest ultra-stylized action film “Hitman: Agent 47” introduces the latest assassin-hero to root for with Rupert Friend in the titular character along with Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto.

Friend, known to worldwide audience in the Emmy- winning Showtime series “Homeland” as Peter Quinn dons the suit of Agent 47, the titular elite assassin based on the popular video game of the same name. A complete reboot, “Hitman: Agent 47” brings together an iconic anti-hero, an empowered and surprising female protagonist, and a seemingly unstoppable antagonist, in a thrilling story spanning the globe. Friend’s Agent 47 has unexpected character shadings that transcend his profession as an elite assassin who remains a fiercely independent figure that moves in the shadows and has incredible tools and weaponry at his disposal. But 47’s defining quality is not his martial skills, but his humanity.

The titular character’s impact on, and importance to, the legions of fans who’ve followed his exploits across several media, did not go unnoticed by producer Adrian Askarieh, who initially came up with the idea of bringing Agent 47 and the Hitman video game franchise to the big screen. “With this all-new film, we’ve stayed true to the character and his world, while expanding that world in a very real and grounded way,” he explains. “We employ a gritty style that brings 47 into the ‘real world,’ if you will.”

“Hitman: Agent 47” is directed by Aleksander Bach, a noted commercials director making his feature film debut, from a screenplay by Skip Woods (“The A-Team”) and Michael Finch (“Predators”) and a story by Woods.

Friend, Quinto, Ware and the rest of the cast and crew certainly put their trust in director Aleksander B