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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween from HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2!!!


Columbia Pictures has just released a special video featuring the spooky but beloved characters from “Hotel Transylvania 2” wishing everyone a fa-boo-lous Halloween this Friday, Oct 31. The video also shows Count Dracula giving safety reminders on how to make this Halloween a “monster of a celebration.”

Catch the featurette here:

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 smash hit “Hotel Transylvania” from Sony Pictures Animation. Director Genndy Tartakovsky returns to helm the sequel, as do screenwriters Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Travel beyond galaxy in INTERSTELLAR (Opens Nov. 6)


With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars, in Warner Bros. Pictures' futuristic thriller “Interstellar.”

From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight” films, “Inception”), “Interstellar” stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn and Oscar winner Michael Caine. The main cast also includes Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy and Topher Grace.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

ANNIE original motion picture soundtrack out on Nov 17


For generations, families everywhere have fallen in love with the musical score to “Annie,” and such iconic songs as “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and “Maybe,” have provided the soundtrack to countless childhood memories.

Now, as a new vision for the classic show is set to hit Philippine theaters in January 2015 in Columbia Pictures’ Annie, Roc Nation Records/Overbrook Entertainment/Madison Gate Records/RCA Records announce the “Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released on November 17th, 2014.  The soundtrack features newly recorded versions of the film’s signature songs plus new tunes performed by Sia, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and more.

Marvel Studios releases AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON teaser trailer


The first trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has landed and we've got your first official look right here:

True Believers! Feast your eyes on the chaos and make sure to check out the film in Philippine theaters in April 2015.

It's up to Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to save the planet from Ultron (James Spader), and you can check out the trailer to see the gang back in action, along with a few new faces and the official teaser poster just below.

The Philippines' Lambanog is Now Ready for the World!

If you're a true blooded Filipino, I bet you've tasted or even heard about Philippines' signature liquor called lambanog.  Every now and then, in almost every celebration, our very own lambanog has been a house hold name.  (And I heard that for towns where lambanog is the main produce, the drink is always the centerpiece!).

Philippine Craft Distillers, Inc., a licensed world-class distiller of liquor and spirits has ventured into crafting a fine spirit that pays homage to Philippine roots with the first extra premium lambanog in the market.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES unveils character posters


The character poster artworks for Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” have been unveiled online.

The one-sheets individually feature in close-up shots the film's eight major characters namely Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Galadriel, Legolas, Tauriel, Bard and Thandruil.

Keanu Reeves is back as hitman in JOHN WICK (Opens October 30)


One of Hollywood’s top lead actors, 50-year old Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game- physique and stamina even better to-date in the full-throttle action-packed film “John Wick” as he takes on the titular role of a retired assassin who hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend.

After the sudden death of his beloved wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan), John Wick (Reeves) receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy, and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John’s mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen). When John refuses to sell the car, Iosef and his henchmen break into his house and steal it, beating John unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Unwittingly, they have just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever seen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sineng Pambansa Horror Film Festival 2014: UNLI SCREAM this Halloween! (Showing from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4)


It’s that time of the year when stories of ghosts and paranormal entities send a heightened chilling sensation down your spine. This October, get ready to relive Filipino folklore horror as SM Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) bring you Sineng Pambansa Horror Film Festival.

Titled after the well-known (and feared) folklore characters, the T’yanak and the Hukluban, will take you back to when you were a child, listening to your grandparents’ stories of murderous monster babies and the Philippine version of the grim reaper.

Here comes the all-star main poster of HORRIBLE BOSSES 2!!!


Good guys and villains huddle up for the main poster of New Line Cinema’s adult comedy “Horrible Bosses 2,” the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

The new one-sheet art features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs.  Posing with them are returning castmembers Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, and new “bad guys” Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Witness the horror from ancient times in THE PYRAMID


 The curse from ancient times continues to the present times when “The Pyramid” was unearthed by a team of a father-daughter,  both scientists along with their crew and two  journalists looking for proof of civilization from centuries past.

Believed to be the curse of the pharaohs against adventurers who dare disturb their sacred tombs, history has recorded ample proofs that the curse is indeed a strong unseen force not to be toyed with even at the time of breakthroughs in technology.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chris Hemsworth's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA releases teaser trailer


Take your first look at the teaser trailer of Ron Howard's “In the Heart of the Sea,” the new action adventure based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the New England whaling ship Essex. Watch the trailer here:

In the winter of 1820, the Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

“In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

ILUSTRADO - Another groundbreaking drama series from GMA Network! (World Premiere on Oct. 20, 9:20 pm)


The search for good Philippine TV programs is like the hunt for fish in Manila Bay. You know what I mean. So the moment you found one, you celebrate, you feast, because it's like experiencing a miracle! :)

Let's set aside news and information programs because we definitely can excel in that field. But in drama? I actually read an online article why Philippine TV dramas can't be like Hollywood. While I agree with most of what the writer said but I can't say yes with the rest because there were some that showed promise. And... we don't need to follow Hollywood if we want to excel in this field. We just need to excel. Exclamation point. We don't need to copy anything.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER premieres tonight on the new Sony Channel


Newly launched Sony Channel has announced that “How To Get Away With Murder”, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”), premieres today, October 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. on the Sony Channel.

 Academy-Award nominee Viola Davis stars as the brilliant, charismatic criminal law professor who is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor would be. She teaches a course she boldly refers to as “How To Get Away With Murder”, choosing the brightest students in her class to join her at her firm.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sharapova, Williams, Murray and other tennis stars to play in the IPTL games in the Mall of Asia Arena


In just a little over two months, the Philippines will lay witness to the first ever international tennis competition featuring worldwide tennis superstars Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and Carlos Moya as headliners of the Manila Mavericks team. Garnering PHP 23 Million on its initial ticket sales, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is expediently gaining traction as the sports event of the year.

What do we really know about the up and coming three-day competition? Here are a few interesting facts about the IPTL:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Planet's Rarest Babies at Wildlife Reserves Singapore!

In celebration of the World Animal Day this year, Wildlife Reserves Singapore announced the arrival of some of the world’s rarest babies, among them the critically endangered Sunda pangolin that is native to Singapore.

Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Between January and August 2014, over 400 animal babies were born or hatched in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. Nearly one in four births belongs to animals listed as ‘threatened’ in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species* and these include the Bali mynah, Javan langur, proboscis monkey and giant anteater.

WWF reports highest recorded growth of Tamaraw population


The tamaraw, the Philippines’ largest and rarest endemic land animal, is on a comeback. In 1969, the global population was thought to have dropped to less than 100 heads, threatening the species with extinction.

Today, due to strong conservation efforts, the tamaraw population stands at 382 – the highest ever recorded.

Which Kakao Friend Are You?!

In addition to KakaoTalk’s unique and diverse features, the fast, fun and free mobile messaging app is best known for its Kakao Friends characters. No matter your personality, you will be able to find your perfect avatar among the seven distinct and colorful characters.

So which Kakao Friend best represents you? Are you an attention-seeker like Neo? Or more playful and silly like Muzi? Check out the Kakao Friends profiles, then dig deep and bring out the Kakao Friend inside of you!

Experience DRACULA UNTOLD in IMAX Theatres starting Oct 15!


IMAX Corporation and Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and Legendary Pictures recently announced that “Dracula Untold,” the origin story of the man who became Dracula, starring Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hobbit” series), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres internationally, including The Philippines, beginning Oct. 15, 2014.

Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces this epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.

When robot becomes man's best friend in BIG HERO 6


Disney showcases the bond between a boy and his robot in the action-packed big-screen adventure, “Big Hero 6.”

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Christmas Season is On with Canon!


It may only be October, and the Christmas countdown won’t kickoff anytime soon, but for Canon, the festive season is in full swing as they treat everyone with early Christmas gifts that are sure to delight techies and gadget-crazed shoppers.

So whether you want to upgrade that Jurassic printer of yours or get yourself—or somebody else—a really nice camera that would document the rest of the amazing year that is 2014, now’s the perfect time to splurge—and save at the same time! The global imaging and optical product manufacturer is offering not one, but six awesome deals that you can take advantage of from August 15 – September 30, and the best part is, you don’t have to wait for the Christmas season to roll around.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FYI, A+E Networks rebrands Bio Channel to FYI!


On October 6, BIO Channel will rebrand to FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people live their lives today, across Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. The announcement was made today by Alan Hodges, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks. BIO was also rebranded to FYI in the US on July 8th .

For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI will be a personalized experience for each viewer. The network embraces the way audiences really live their lives – proudly-hyphenated and not constrained by one passion or interest. Never an instruction manual and always an inspiration engine, FYI offers viewers a more adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to programming with a range of stories that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest.

WWF calls to pursue renewable energy to solve power crisis


With the Department of Energy’s warning that an impending power shortage will befall the Luzon grid next year, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reiterates its call for the Philippine government to pursue more actively mainstream renewable energy (RE) solutions to meet the growing demand for electricity. Especially if we aim for enhanced national competitiveness through increased control over the supply and cost of power, RE must be integrated as the primary solution to the power development plan of the Philippines.

The Giants of Ilocos Norte – The Philippines has immense RE potential. Shown are the famed windmills of Bangui in Ilocos Norte, which provides clean and unlimited power for 40% of the province. Renewable energy sources are perfect for developing nations. (Gregg Yan / WWF)
Based on the current power situation, there is already an adequate supply of grid-connected base-load power plants. The predicted shortfall that the DOE has stated will mostly affect intermediate and peak loads. Thus, intermediate or peak power plants are required to address coming needs.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

e-PLUS and SMAC bring back Movie Marathon in SM Cinemas!


Do you watch movies not just to have fun but bond with your family and friends?  If your answer is yes, then you are a definite cinephile!  And if you are, you will enjoy this exciting treat from SM Lifestyle Entertainment – the SM Cinema Movie Marathon 2!

SM Cinema Movie Marathon is a special treat for all e-PLUS Tap to Pay cardholders and SM Advantage card (SMAC) holders for their steadfast support to SM. To stretch appreciations to these cardholders, this month, SM Lifestyle and Entertainment Inc. is giving them a first-rate movie experience!

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