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"I don't mind living in a man's body as long as I can be a woman in it." ~VinVin Jacla

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Man and apes' final face-off in “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” on July 12 (Phils.)


The last trailer reveal of “War for the Planet of the Apes” sees two legendary leaders Caesar (performed in motion capture by Andy Serkis) and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) face each other off to protect their own species from extinction.

Reaching fever-pitch in anticipation as reflected in global indicator such as www.rottentomatoes.com, the movie has so far scored a 98% high in the want-to-see meter and enjoys a 96% high on the critics’ corner stating that the movie combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative that concludes the blockbuster trilogy. Meanwhile, on the local scene at www.clickthecity.com, “War for the Planet of the Apes” enjoys a full 5-star Users’ Rating on the said online portal.

Breathless action, big ideas and potent storytelling combine as “War For the Planet of the Apes”, the third and final chapter in the trilogy pushes the blockbuster series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization. It all comes to life driven by the most complex and intense performance by Andy Serkis yet as the majestic Caesar, and groundbreaking visual effects from Weta Digital. Also returning to the series is Karin Konoval as Caesar’s trusted advisor, Maurice, Terry Notary as Caesar’s right-hand man, Rocket, as well as Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife Cornelia and Toby Kebbell as Koba.

Unforgettable new characters include two-time Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson as the Colonel, the brash human soldier who believes only an apocalyptic war can salvage the last vestiges of humankind; Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, a lonely chimp who brings heart and humor to the apes in their darkest hour; Amiah Miller as Nova, the human child who becomes an unexpected link between the apes and humanity; Aleks Paunovic as Winter, the stunning but anxious white gorilla; Michael Adamthwaite as Caesar’s gorilla lieutenant, Luca, who forges a bond with Nova; and Ty Olsson as Rex, a turncoat gorilla who works for the Colonel as his “donkey.” Featuring more apes than ever, including a dozen key characters, as the tide turns against homo sapiens, the film also for the very first time brings performance capture action into the rugged, frozen mountains and a world of snow – all captured in spectacular 65mm under the masterful eye of cinematographer Michael Seresin and set to a stirring score by Oscar® winner Michael Giacchino.

For director Matt Reeves, who returns to the franchise to take the next step after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the large-scale ambition of the third film was clear: to follow the increasingly upright and capable – but also haunted and questioning -- apes not only into the spectacle of total warfare but into stirring psychological territory as Caesar fights to hold onto his own most humane instincts.

More than ever, Reeves realized, the trajectory of the apes mirrors the archetypal myths of humanity. “As this story starts, there is no more peace with humans, which thrusts Caesar into a deeply emotional, universal kind of conflict,” Reeves describes. “Caesar has always been unique in that he is part ape, part human, yet neither one fully. The hope has been that he might be able to bridge the two societies, but now it is clear that this will not come to pass. What’s so exciting is that in exploring Caesar’s internal dilemmas at this profound moment it becomes a chance to look at a battle we all know: the war between our intelligence, our empathy and our instinctiveness, and how that forms what defines our humanity. At the same time as this is a very dark journey, it is also a story with so much spirit in it.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 (Phils.) nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya in "GREATEST SHOWMAN" teaser trailer


Prep up for the most wonderful time at the movies as 20th Century Fox teases with the initial trailer of “The Greatest Showman” starring an exciting cast of performers led by Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the movie celebrates of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

“The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with powerful original music and songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”).

Opening on January 24, 2018 – “The Greatest Showman” is from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (in Phils.).



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Young actress Amiah Miller plays pivotal role in “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES”


One of the most surprising characters in the highly-anticipated “War For The Planet of the Apes” is not an ape or a man … but a little girl with breathtaking courage. Amiah Miller, in her first major role plays a mute, virus-ravaged human child who comes to be known as Nova – and becomes an essential part of the apes’ journey to their new home.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set fifteen years after a scientific experiment had gone wrong that gave rise to the intelligent Apes and almost wiped out the human race. The colonists and apes struggled to coexist but their fragile peace was shattered and Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), leader of the apes, attempted to restore order. But there was no turning back from the brutal fighting that has already begun.

At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand. As peace between species has collapsed -- and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) makes a final, all-out attack -- Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed. Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead. In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.

The enchanted quality of new character, Nova, did not escape director Matt Reeves and scribe Mark Bomback. Bomback says, “Here is a little, seemingly orphaned girl living with apes – Matt and I immediately thought she seemed like a character out of a fairytale. From Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood, there’s a whole tradition of stories about little girls in the woods with dangerous animals who nevertheless become their protectors. That’s part of the inspiration for Nova. And the name Nova of course is a bit of an Easter egg from the original film.”

“One of the beautiful things about Nova is that even in this divided world, you see there are apes and humans who are able to form deep emotional relationships,” says Peter Chernin. “In that moment when Caesar is in the darkest place, when he wants to hate all humans, Nova touches him in a way no one else can. In Nova, we’re also seeing the growth of the Simian Virus and what survival means to humans.”

Taking the part, an especially demanding and complex one for a child actor, is 12 year-old Amiah Miller in her first major feature. Reeves describes how Miller won the role: “Amiah is such an intuitive young actor. When she came in to audition we threw away the script and I just asked her to relate to the apes. It was clear right then that she was special and had a talent way beyond her years. She and the actors became like a family. She has a bright future ahead of her, I can't wait to see what she does.”

Because Nova develops a strong bond with the orangutan Maurice, who insists on bringing her on the apes’ long journey, Miller spent a month working with Karin Konoval, who plays Maurice. “Amiah and I needed to have a very strong, very real connection,” says Konoval. “So Amiah and I actually got to know each other wordlessly as Maurice and Nova before we even had any conversations. Luckily, our connection was immediate and organic and it only grew from there. It was absolutely magic that the filmmakers gave us that opportunity to develop this true bond.”

Says producer Dylan Clark: “Matt, our casting director Deb Zane and I were all in agreement that there was only one young actor to bring in for the role of Nova and it was Amiah.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan in high-speed sci-fi action "VALERIAN"


“Valerian” also known as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the visually captivating new movie from renowned film maker Luc Besson the legendary director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan as the unlikely duo tasked to protect the galaxy.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives charged by the Minister of Defense with keeping order throughout the human territories. They are tasked with protecting the intergalactic planet Alpha who after years of prosperity is attacked by an unknown threat.

The movie is based on the groundbreaking French science fiction comic novels "Valerian and Laureline" written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It was first published in 1967 and has since inspired a generation of writers, artists and film makers.

The film stars, Dane DeHann, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and Rihanna. It is also written and produced by Luc Besson.

Valerian” opens July 21 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

Motion capture - before & after photos in "WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES"

Somebody give Andy Serkis an Oscar already! Amazing!



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Protect chimpanzees - "WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES"

20th Century Fox Partners with the Jane Goodall Institute to Aid in Rehabilitation of Chimpanzees in Honor of “War for the Planet of the Apes”

In honor of the upcoming release of War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to provide care for rescued chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades. Housed and cared for on three forested island sanctuary sites and a mainland sanctuary site at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo, nearly 150 chimpanzees will benefit from this partnership.

“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped”.

“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said the film’s director Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”

The island sites where many of these chimpanzees now live, not only provide a partial return to the kind of habitat from which they were stolen, but also the opportunity to build strong, dynamic social communities together in the wild - a true second chance. Just as the apes in the film franchise work together to establish their own community, the chimpanzees who live at Tchimpounga are building their own communities. Many of them are not family members, and so through observation and rigorous personality research the Institute’s staff pairs chimpanzees they believe will thrive together in their new communities within the sanctuary.

“One of the main threats to great apes is hunting and wildlife trafficking. Many of the chimpanzees rescued by JGI were orphaned to be taken as pets or for “roadside attractions,” said Dr. Carlos Drews, the Institute’s executive director. “While use of great apes in entertainment may be diminishing in some regions, it is increasing in others. Not only is there no need to use chimpanzees and other great apes in entertainment, but it is a moral imperative to find alternatives. With films like War for the Planet of the Apes using effective and magnificent human actor performance capture and computer generated imagery, it demonstrates to the world a better way forward for chimps and all animals.”

As a token of gratitude for this partnership, the Institute has named the housing on Tchindzoulou island, the largest of the three island sanctuary sites, after War for the Planet of the Apes’ hero chimpanzee, Caesar.

In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 12 in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide from 20th Century to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check 20th Century Fox (PH) Facebook page, YouTube 20thcenturyfoxph, IG 20thcenturyfoxph and Twitter @20centuryfoxph for more updates.



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Monday, June 12, 2017

Male Model Spotlight: Charles Aquino for Lonliwen Photography (Caution: HOT!!!)

They say you've already made it as a model if you've got the chance to work with "the" Lon Liwen and God knows how much I love this photographer's work. He's like one of my most favorite photographers in the world.

I blogged about his collaboration before with Brazilian male model Luciano Stranghetti and my forever love (Teehee!) Heydar Hosseini and they were just so more than superb.

And right now, there's this male model who got to work with Lon Liwen and he also caught my eye as well. And he's very Filipino this time. And he's very hot. He's very handsome. His sex appeal is like oozing everywhere in his body. And his eyes are just to-die-for.

Everyone, let me introduce to you Charles Aquino. He's a freelance male model and he has this stare that can melt a thousand hearts. Myself included. Ahihihihi!



Photos from Lonliwen Photography.

I choose to comment on this photo in silence. LOLZ! But, yeah, I love his tattoos. Look at those. Look. At. Those.
Look at how defined his abs are. His body is just perfect. And his chinito eyes compliment the shape of his face really magnificently. I'm at awe right now.

I'll be posting some more photos of Charles Aquino in the coming weeks. Or probably even days. I promise.

I wish you all the best in your modeling career, Charles!



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Mindaugas Grazys (MG) for Folded & Hung (F&H)

I'm really very much fascinated by Mindaugas Grazys (MG) because he's just so nice to look at. I mean...he looks young, funny, full of life. He's handsome and his jawline shouts perfection.

And I think it's also because he reminds me so much of one of my crushes, Cliff Ho. Teehee!

Anyhow, here are MG's photos from his latest campaign with Folded and Hung. And for me, he looks so amazing in these photos.

Way to go, MG!

That look, though....

Gahd...he's so handsome!

Click here for more of Mindaugas Grazys.



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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Love me like you do....

I just had the weirdest dream ever. 😳😳😳 And it was cut short.

It was raining and there's this tall, blonde guy I was saying goodbye to. Short hair. I couldn't quite picture his face at first so I initially couldn't recognize if he's someone I know in real life or not.

"So this is goodbye," I said.

"Yeah, bye VinVin." He smiled.

"Bye...." I smiled back.

I hugged him and that gesture kinda caught him off guard. My eyes were closed. He didn't hug me back. He just tapped my back instead.

I opened my eyes and turned to him and looked him in the eye. His eyes were blue. I looked down and picked up my Longchamp bag on the floor (yeah my dream was that vivid) and then I headed to the elevator as it opened behind me.

I stepped inside the elevator. It was empty. The "G" button was already illuminated.

My eyes were fixated on the floor. I tried not to look at him anymore as tears were already forming around my eyes. But deep inside I was somewhat fighting the urge to have that one last look at him. And so I did. I looked up and I saw his face. I could recognize him already. And that's when the tears finally started to fall. He looked startled so I just stifled a laugh and faked a smile as the elevator doors closed between us.

I got out of the building as fast as I could. Rain started to pour heavily this time. My knees were trembling (and weird enough I also quite couldn't feel my legs for a quick bit when I woke up). My car was just parked nearby. I knew it was just a dream because my car was a white Mercedes SUV and not Clint, my silver Montero. 😅😅😅

I fondled for my keys inside my bag but my thoughts were all over the place.

That's when I started to break down and just cried my heart out.

And then I heard someone call my name.


I looked to the direction of the voice. I wiped my face with my hands and patted my wet hair to one side to see who it was.

It was him.

He ran towards me and then all of a sudden....

All of a sudden....

He put his arms on my shoulders and then he kissed me. 😮😮😮

And then I heard this very loud music playing on the background. So loud that I felt like I was in a climactic scene of a movie. It was the chorus of my most fave song in the world.

It was Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do." Yeah, my dream can't get any weirder than that.

"Love me like you do...la...la...love me like you do...."

And then I woke up. The chorus of the song was still playing.

"Love me like you do...la...la...love me like you do...."

And then I realized that it was my phone's alarm telling me that it's already 4 AM. And, yeah, "Love Me Like You Do" is my alarm every morning.



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Friday, June 9, 2017

22nd French Film Festival at Ayala Malls Cinemas' Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street on June 9 - 17


From the land of romance and haute couture, Ayala Malls Cinemas brings a slice of the good life from France with the upcoming 22nd French Film Festival that started June 9 until June 17 at Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas. The film festival is in cooperation with the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance Français de Manille and Cebu and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

One of the country’s highly-anticipated film festivals, the French Film Festival showcases twelve (12) critically-acclaimed full-length films featuring the (French’s) charming culture. The film festival aims to immerse the local audience with the French’s unique storytelling of their culture.

Included in this year’s French Film Festival are Géronimo, Le Dernier Diamant - The Last Diamond , L’Ombre Des Femmes – In the Shadow of Women, Jamais De La Vie – The Night Watchman, Les Chevaliers Blancs – The White Knights, Tour De France, Je Suis Un Soldat – I Am a Soldier, Un Château En Italie – A Castle in Italy, Nocturama, Le Malheurs De Sophie – Sophie’s Misfortunes, “21 Nuits Avec Pattie – 21 Nights with Pattie” and Bastille Day.

“21 is set during the height of summer, Caroline, a forty-year-old Parisian and mother, arrives in a small village in the south of France. She must hastily organize the funeral of her mother, a flighty lawyer, whom she barely used to see.Caroline is welcomed by Pattie, who likes to talk about her love affairs with the local men to anyone who'll listen. While the whole valley gets ready for the traditional mid-summer dance, Caroline's mother's corpse mysteriously disappears.

As the French Embassy celebrates its 70th year anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations, the festival also pays homage to Filipino films that have been selected at the Cannes Film Festival namely “Nakaw” by Noel Escondo and Arvin Belarmino; “Ma’Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza; “On the Job” by Erik Matti and “Anino” by Raymond Red.

Additionally and for the first time, the festival dedicates one weekend for free public outdoor screenings at Circuit Makati on June 17 and 18.

An advocate of friendly relations among nations, Ayala Malls Cinemas continues to utilize its über -cinemas as a venue for institutional exchanges such as the French Film Festival as France reiterates its commitment to contribute to the country’s booming film industry.

Experience joie de vivre at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas when the French Film Festival runs June 9 – 17, tickets are priced at P100. Check www.sureseats.com for the films’ schedules and advanced booking.



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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?