Friday, February 29, 2008

VHONG NAVARRO and VALERIE CONCEPCION in Star Cinema's "Supah Papalicious"

After releasing a number of box-office hits, Vhong Navarro is back with another character that will be remembered alongside with his portrayal of Mr. Suave, Hesus of D Anothers, Agent X44, and Lastikman.

This time, Vhong marks his anticipated return to the big screen in Supah Papalicious.

"Todo na �to! Hinding hindi n'yo makakalimutan ang pelikulang hinahanda namin para sa inyo. Haping hapi na sa akin napunta ang role na 'to dahil tawa ako ng tawa binabasa ko pa lang ang script. Tapos si Manong Gilbert [Perez] pa ang direktor so ineexpect ko ang kakaibang atake sa comedy. Ang gagaling din ng mga kasama ko, si Makisig [Morales] at Valerie [Concepcion]. So kumpletos recados talaga," Vhong points out.

Valerie tries a different route from hosting as she engages in a comedic role via the film Supah Papalicious. "First time kong gumawa ng ganitong kalaking pelikula. I'm deeply honored and thankful sa Star Cinema kasi they gave me a chance to be Vhong's leading lady and takot ako at the same time, super excited dahil comedy naman itong ginagawa ko, something I haven't done before." It was reported in PEP recently that Valerie's contract as a Wowowee host was just renewed and that she is being considered for a role in the remake of Betty La Fea.

Child star Makisig Morales also tries his hand at comedy-with funnyman Vhong Navarro no less. After starring in Super Inggo and Pedro Penduko at mga Engkantao, Makisig is expected to conquer the big screen as well when he makes his debut in Supah Papalicious.

Makisig says enthusiastically: "Grabe po ang blessing na �to ang bata-bata ko pa, alagang-alaga talaga ako ng ABS-CBN at ngayon ng Star Cinema. Tapos si Supah Papalicious pa ang kasama ko. Ang saya saya!"

Star Cinema's comedy flick Supah Papalicious opens in theaters nationwide starting March 22.

Source: pepdotph

CHARO SANTOS-CONCIO Appointed as The New ABS-CBN President

ABS-CBN Chairman and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Gabby Lopez announced during the closing of the giant network's Management Conference at the Camp John Hay in Baguio City on February 29, the appointment of Charo Santos-Concio as the new and the fifth President of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network, effective March 1, 2008.

The 52-year-old TV executive now holds the distinction of being the first woman president of the giant network. Her predecessors are Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr., Freddie Garcia, Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, and Cito Alejandro.

Charo, who has been in the Kapamilya network for 20 years now started her career at ABS-CBN on June 24, 1987 as consultant. She then worked as production director, and slowly rose through the ranks, becoming vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president, which was her last post before her promotion.
Charo also hosts the long-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya on ABS-CBN.

As president of ABS-CBN, all subsidiaries and divisions will report to her. This includes Studio 23, ANC, Cinema One, ABS-CBN Publishing, Interactive, the PR Group, to name a few.

Gabby Lopez remains as chairman and COO of ABS-CBN.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

PACQUIAO - MARQUEZ 2: Unfinished Business on GMA 7

Ang pinakahihintay na boxing spectacle ng taon ay ipapalabas nga­yong Marso sa GMA Network sa pamamagitan ng muling pagsasanib pwersa ng Kapuso Channel at ng Solar Sports.

Ieere ng GMA Network ang rematch nina Manny �The Pacman� Pacquiao at Juan Manuel �Dinamita� Marquez sa Marso 16 (Linggo, Philippine Time) nang 10:00 a.m. mula sa Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino sa Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Si Paquiao ay 29 y/o, 5�6�� ang taas at may 45 wins, 3 losses, 2 draw, 34 KO�s.

Si Marquez ay 34 y/o, 5�7� ang taas at may 48 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, 35 KO�s.

Ang radio grupo ng GMA -- Super Radyo DZBB, Barangay LS-FM, at ang lahat ng RGMA radio stations sa bansa ay magbibigay ng live blow-by-blow account ng laban.

Pinamagatang PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS, inaasahang sa labang ito ay aapaw ang aksyon at ring drama na ihahandog ng dalawang pinakamagaling na super featherweights sa kasaysayan ng boxing.

Kontrobersyal ang unang pagtatagpo nina Pacquiao at Marquez na nagtapos sa draw apat na taon na ang nakakaraan.

Nagkaroon ang GMA Network at Solar Sports ng press conference kahapon nang tanghali sa 17th floor ng GMA Network Center.

Sina GMA Network EVP at Chief Operating Officer Gilberto Duavit Jr., Solar Entertaiment President Wilson Tieng, at Solar Entertainment COO Peter Chan Liong ang nanguna sa contract signing ceremony.

Sabi ni Wilson Tieng, hindi pa tiyak kung sino ang aawit ng Lupang Hinirang sa laban na ito ni Pacquiao.

�He�s entertaining si­ngers for auditions. I don�t know how he�ll do it,� sambit ni Wilson Tieng. �May short list na kami pero ayaw naming i-divulge. Baka magkaroon ng gulo gaya ng dati.

�Sabi ng candidates, huwag i-leak sa press ang pangalan nila.�

Na-phone patch si Pacquiao sa presscon at aniya, �Unang-una mara­ming salamat sa Mahal na Panginoon para sa ibi­nibigay niyang la­­kas sa akin sa araw-araw. Maraming salamat din sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa akin!�

Sa ngayon ay 135 lbs. na raw ang timbang ni Pacquiao. Kailangan pa niyang magbawas ng 5 pounds, at magagawa naman daw niya iyon.

�Ito ang pinakama­tinding pag-eensayo ko sa buong career ko sa Amerika,� sabi pa ni Pacquiao.

�Everyday, nakaka-33 hanggang 36 rounds ako. Dati, sa training ko, hanggang 20 rounds ako.�

Panay-panay rin daw ang pagtakbo ni Pacquiao at naikot na nga raw niya ang �Hollywood.�

Source: Jerry Olea, abantedotcom

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

TRANSFORMERS (The Pinoy Version)

Just want to share with you some of Pinoy Transformers which I recently received through e-mail.

Katuwaan lang...

1. Regine Velasquez
Before: Down-to-Earth Songbird
After: Alien-like Diva

2. Bernard Palanca
Before: Lanky member of �The Hunks�
After: A Pregnant Chunk of Lard

3. Kim Delos Santos
Before: The Cute-as-Marshmallows Love Interest of Dino Guevarra
After: The Marshmallow Woman / Battered Wife of Dino Guevarra

4. Aiza Seguerra
Before: Prodigious Little Girl
After: Talented Little Boy

5. Angelica Panganiban
Before: Photogenic Missy
After: Photoshopped Hussy

6. Jackielou Blanco
Before: Jackielou Blanco
After: Jackie Lou Ferrigno

7. Rosanna Roces
Before: Outspoken Attention-Whore
After: Outsized Carbohydrates-Whore

8. Rachel Lobangco
Before: Dark-Skinned, Mustached Shh-Boom Girl
After: Bleached and Waxed Bombshell

9. Rustom Padilla
Before: Fair-Skinned Matinee Idol
After: Emaciated Fairy Doll

ANGEL LOCSIN Finally Dares to Bare in "Cosmopolitan"

Trust Angel Locsin to take everyone by surprise. Despite being a constant fixture on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, Angel has chosen to pose in a swimsuit for the very first time on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

"First time ko �to," she told the Cosmo team during the shoot, "I hope it turns out well. Inisip ko kasi, if gagawin ko �to, it might as well be on Cosmo." After all, posing for Cosmo would mean reaching fun fearless females like herself.

Despite being one of the biggest names in the industry today, Angel was surprisingly shy at the Cosmo cover shoot, getting quite jittery over the sexy summer shoot and clowning around with the Cosmo team just to loosen up. The jitters don't show in Angel's confident pose, as she says, "Lahat naman tayong mga babae, may body issues, di ba? But you should be happy with your body and comfortable in your own skin."

For Angel, being comfortable in your own skin shows in the way you carry yourself. She encourages Cosmo girls everywhere to make an effort to always look presentable and even dare to be kikay.

"Iba rin yung feeling �pag nakaayos kapag lalabas ka't alam mong okay ang itsura mo, ready kang harapin kahit sino." Angel points out, "It's great to be in jeans and T-shirt, but it's also great to be in a dress."

Angel continues to strive towards becoming a better version of herself by branching out of her comfort zone. Since 2007, she has taken time off to study fashion in London, become a first-time producer with the movie Angels, and is now learning how to play the guitar. "You have to keep on learning," she says, "You shouldn't get complacent." Clearly, Angel has become a woman of substance.

Angel sizzles on the cover of Cosmopolitan's March issue, now available in all newsstands and magazine stores nationwide at P125 per copy.

Source: Ingrid Villafuerte, pepdotph

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

MANDY MOORE: I�m Older & Wiser

When Mandy Moore comes for a concert at the Eastwood City on March 12, it will be, to quote one of her movies, �a walk to remember.� Eastwood City happens to be the home of the one and only Walk of Fame hereabouts, the Philippine counterpart of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is the brainchild of German �Kuya Germs� Moreno in cooperation with Wastwood City.

For the event, Eastwood City will transform its outdoor stage into a unique 2,500-seater amphitheater to accommodate the fans of Mandy who has visited the country twice.

As a refresher, Eastwood City sent Funfare this backgrounder:

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 10, 1984, Mandy has emerged as one of the hottest young stars of today. Since her first CD release with So Real in 1999, Mandy�s career has flourished as she has released even more hit records, starred in several movies (Princess Diaires 1, A Walk to Remember, Saved, Try 17, Chasing Liberty, Americam Dreamz, How to Deal, License to Wed and, coming soon, Because I Said So).

She has released her own clothing line called MBLEM and has reached enormous success with it as her clothes have been sold in stores all across America.

Her new (fifth) CD, called Wild Hope, was released late last year.

Mandy is never too busy to mind the less fortunate. She donated her time to various charities.

Funfare did an exclusive one-on-one with Mandy a few days ago; she was in New York. The STAR (again, the only Philippine broadsheet Mandy talked to) has done two interviews with Mandy. The first was sometime in 2000 when she was just starting as a singer, during the launch of her album Wanna Be With You in Bangkok and then in 2003 when she came to grace the MTV World Music Summit (and also to promote her album Coverage.)

It�s your second time to visit the Philippines. Any fond memories from your first visit?
�Oh, memories! I remember having a chaotic and crazy time at the hotel we were staying in...I remember having a lot of fun...I remember the people being such lovers of music...Well, I just remember really enjoying myself.�

Of course, the Philippines must be memorable to you because of your �special friendship� with a Filipino, pop star Billy Crawford (who once confessed that he briefly went steady with Mandy who confirmed it).

�Oh, yes, yes, I remember Billy. But I haven�t seen or heard from him in a long time. The last time we performed together was years ago, with the *NSYNC. I haven�t talked to him since then.�

I�m sure your fans in the Philippines are eagerly waiting for your concert...

�...Oh, I�m just as excited to sing for them. I�ll be doing songs from my new (fifth) album, Wild Hope, which was released last year. My concert will be a bit different from the last one over there because it shows me going in a different direction. I�m just too excited to share that piece of myself with my fans over there.�

You�ve been performing in concerts and doing movies. Which one are you more comfortable in, singing or acting?
�In singing, I performing before a �live� audience. There�s nothing more satisfying than seeing your audience enjoy what you are doing and yourself enjoying the whole experience with them. But I do love doing movies, too.�

You write songs, too, don�t you?
�Oh yes, I do!�

How much do you draw from your personal experience when you�re writing songs?
�Subconsciously I do that, I think, just like every other songwriter. You can�t help it.�

Do you write songs better when you�re in love or when you�re out of love?
�You know, it�s easier for me to write songs when I�m not in love. Yes, I my limited experience. Don�t ask me why.�

I�ve seen some of your movies, including A Walk to Remember, Princess Diaries and License to Wed (released recently in the Philippines). You have two more coming soon, Dedication and Southland Tales. In movies, where are you more comfortable, drama or comedy?
�I love doing romantic-comedies because the roles I play are close to who I am, and that makes things easier for me. I play one of those roles in Because I Said So, one of my new movies.�

Who among the actresses do you admire?
�There are a couple of people out there, especially young actresses, people like, uh, Reese Witherspoon. I love the fact that she can do really big mainstream films and kind of go up and do quirky little independent films. She�s loved in both kinds of roles. She�s my role model.�

In an interview published in a recent issue of Jane magazine, you revealed that you went through a period of depression and you arrtibuted it to your split-up with Zach Braff, star of Scrubs. (According to Jane, while promoting his new film, The Last Kiss, Braff opened up about the troubles of dating in Hollywood, saying that his break-up with Mandy in 2006 was due in part to their nine-year age difference and that the scrutiny put on celebrities can be overwhelming. �A relationship is hard, doing it in the public eyes is something that�s very new to me, I was a waiter five years ago and when I was a waiter nobody was telling lies about me in the tabloids. But it�s par for the course.�)

(Mandy was quoted by Jane as saying): �A few months ago, I felt really low, really sad � depressed for no reason. The break-up added to what I was going through, but it�s not the complete reason.�

How do you cope with a broken heart?
�Hmmmm...I guess I just surround myself with people I love and who love me, no matter what. Or I spend some time just being by myself. That helps, I guess.�

By the way, how did you spend Valentine�s Day?
� home.�

Do you find it difficult to combine your career and your love life?
�No, not really. I would I say I don�t find it any more difficult than anybody else would. It�s all about prioritizing and finding equal time for both.�

As far as dating and courtship are concerned, are you the old-fashioned type?
�Hmmmm...A bit old-fasioned and a bit modern. But I don�t find doing my fair share when I�m out on a date.�

You�re 23 and you�ve have gone through a lot of things since you were 15 when you entered showbiz. How different are you now from what you were then?
�Hmmmm...good question. Let me see...Yes, I�m older and wiser. I�ve met new friends and wonderful people in my life. I�ve done things that I�m really proud of. I�ve been through ups and downs but, yes, I�m good!�

(Note: Mandy Moore Live at Eastwood City will be held on March 12, starting at 7:30 p.m. For ticket inquiries, call 687-1499 or 687-6770 to 74; text 0917-8-EWCITY.)

Source: Ricky Lo, Philstardotcom

DAVID HERNANDEZ of American Idol 7: Gay Stripper?

An interesting rumor has just surfaced that David Hernandez was a stripper in Phoenix before his time on American Idol. Obviously we're not 100% sure, but here's what we've found so far. After rumors were posted around the internet that David has a steady boyfriend of 2-3 years and that he stripped at Dick's Cabaret, we found pictures of David working at Burn, a gay nightclub that just recently closed in Phoenix. Obviously you don't wear the club's logo if you don't work there. So although we haven't found any pictures of him stripping just yet, we're still on the hunt, and the pictures we found are leading us in the right direction. We'll keep you updated.

Source: votefortheworstdotcom

2008 Oscars Ratings Sink to All-Time Low

US television ratings for this year�s Oscars sunk to an all-time low, preliminary figures showed Monday, as viewers turned their back on a ceremony dominated by dark, bleak films.

According to figures from Nielsen Media Research, Sunday�s three-hour-long ceremony at the Kodak Theatre averaged an audience of only 32 million viewers, the worst since records began in 1974.

The previous lowest figure had been in 2003, when only 33.04 million people tuned in for a ceremony won by �Chicago� that took place just days after the beginning of the US-led war in Iraq.

Final figures are due to be released on Tuesday but are not expected to change significantly. If the 2008 figures are confirmed, it would represent a drop of more than 20 percent from last year�s average audience of 41 million.

The record-low audience came in a year when the Oscars race for best picture was dominated by films that received critical acclaim but struggled to perform at the box-office.

Only one film out of the five best picture nominees � the teenage comedy �Juno� � broke the 100 million dollar barrier this year.

Analysts say there is a high correlation between the box-office popularity of films nominated for the Oscars best picture and television viewership for the Academy Awards.

The largest average audience ever for the Oscars telecast came in 1998, when 55.25 million watched the ceremony which was won by �Titanic�, the highest grossing movie of all time with box-office earnings of 1.85 billion dollars.

Sunday�s Oscars were won by Joel and Ethan Coen�s bleak thriller �No Country for Old Men,� a grim adapation of Cormac McCarthy�s novel of the same name.

The film won four awards � best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actor.

The acting awards on Sunday were swept by non-American actors for the first time since 1965.


Youtube sensation Charice Pempengco was featured on QTV�s Pinaka as one of the �Pinoys Who Made It Big On The Internet�.

And here�s a video montage featuring different performances of Charice from the very first singing contest that she joined to the present�

Source: Starmometerdotcom

Monday, February 25, 2008

JENNYLYN's Letter To Her Unborn Child

To my dearest baby,

First of all, I want you to know that Mommy loves you very much. I may not be sure how to show it or how to make you feel it, but I love you deeply because you are my life and I know that you know that because you are keeping me strong. God has given you to me to be my strength and inspiration.

Baby, I also want to tell you that I am very sorry. If I could have chosen a better circumstance for you to be brought into this world, I would. But I couldn�t, kaya I�m sorry that you will have to grow up in an imperfect world. Mommy did not have an ideal childhood, and I wanted sana to spare you from the complications of being born into a broken home. But Daddy and I are both not ready, kaya hindi namin maibibigay sa�yo �yung complete family that you deserve. Pero, Baby, we love you very much at kahit hindi buo ang family natin, our love for you will keep you whole. I promise you that.

As much as natatakot ako that I will not be a perfect mommy, I am excited to have you na, Baby. I want to cuddle you and kiss you and witness all your firsts. We will sing together and laugh together and have sobrang madaming-madaming fun.
I promise you that, as best as I can, I will protect you from harm. I may not be able to prevent other people and things from hurting you but I will always be here to cry with you and to comfort you. I will take care of you the best way I can because I love you very much, Baby.

You came into my life as a blessing from God, and I will forever be thankful to Him for that. You are the reason why I am happy because God gave you to me as a promise that everything will be okay. And, I assure you, all will be okay, Baby. Just be strong and I will also be strong for you.

Mommy loves you very much.


Source: Ricky Lo, PhilStar

Sunday, February 24, 2008

OSCAR 2008 Winners

Best Picture: 'No Country for Old Men'

Best Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men)

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Best Animated Feature Film: 'Ratatouille'
Best Foreign Film: 'Counterfeiters' (Austria)
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody (Juno)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)
Best Documentary Feature: 'Taxi to the Dark Side'
Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli ('Atonement')
Best Original Song: Falling Slowly ('Once')
Best Film Editing: Christopher Rouse ('The Bourne Ultimatum')
Best Documentary - Short Subject: Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth ('Freeheld')
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood)
Best Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne ('Elizabeth: The Golden Age')
Best Sound Mixing: Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Best Sound Editing: Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Best Live Action Short Film: 'Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)'
Best Animated Short Film: 'Peter & the Wolf'
Best Makeup: Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald ('La Vie en Rose')
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo ('Sweeney Todd')
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert F. Boyle Art Direction/Production Design
Best Visual Effects: Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood ('The Golden Compass')

REGINE VELASQUEZ Speaks Up Regarding "Lipatan" Issue

Regine Velasquez, guested live on The Buzz to finally put an end to the weeklong controversy about her career status.

Regine Velasquez - The Buzz
by starmometerdotcom

GRETCHEN Nag-Walk Out sa Entertainment Live

Nag-walk out si Gretchen Barretto sa guesting niya sa Entertainment Live noong Sabado. Hindi nagustuhan ni Gretchen ang report ng Entertainment Live tungkol sa away nila ni Nadia Montenegro. Galit na galit si Gretchen kaya minabuti niya na mag-walk out.

Friday, February 22, 2008

PAULA ABDUL - Dance Like There's No Tomorrow Music Video

Dance Like There�s No Tomorrow� is Paula Abdul�s first single release in twelve years. The song was written by Obi and Josh (known as DEEKAY), Lil� Eddie, Shae Patrick Skinner and Eritza Laues. The track was produced by DEEKAY and Randy Jackson. Additional vocal production was done by Oliver Leiber. Abdul sings in breathy vocals over a uptempo electronic beat. Abdul�s last single was �Ain�t Never Gonna Give You Up� released in 1996.

Dance Like There�s No Tomorrow
(Paula Abdul)

All I wanna do is stay right here on the floor
Get lost in the night
And dance like there�s no tomorrow
Don�t care about the sunrise
Somebody please just hit the lights
All I wanna do is dance like there�s no tomorrow

Today just wasn�t my day
Everyone�s getting me so fed up
I�ve gotta find a way
I know what can make me feel better
Stepping out in my best
Looking hotter than ever
Wherever the party is
That�s where I�ll be in a second

I�m so ready to move my body
Forget about all my problems
When I hear that song
I�m lose control
Hey, here I go

All I wanna do is stay right here on the floor
Get lost in the night
And dance like there�s no tomorrow
Don�t care about the sunrise
Somebody please just hit the lights
All I wanna do is dance like there�s no tomorrow

I�m loving the atmosphere
Feels like I�m floating in heaven
The music�s all in my ear
Taking over me
My heart�s racing
Feeling so Hollywood
How I got everybody staring
Their eyes are the cameras
And I�m loving all the attention

Get up, �bout to move my body
Forget about all my problems
They�re playing our song
I�m lose control
Hey, here I go

All I wanna do is stay right here on the floor
Get lost in the night
And dance like there�s no tomorrow
Don�t care about the sunrise
Somebody please just hit the lights
All I wanna do is dance like there�s no tomorrow

Please DJ
Don�t say it�s the last one
Cause I know what it means
And I don�t want you to play no slow song
I�m still building the nerve to talk to that guy
Just give me another song and make it right

All I wanna do is stay right here on the floor
Get lost in the night
And dance like there�s no tomorrow
Don�t care about the sunrise
Somebody please just hit the lights
All I wanna do is dance like there�s no tomorrow

All I wanna do is stay right here on the floor
Get lost in the night
And dance like there�s no tomorrow
Don�t care about the sunrise
Somebody please just hit the lights
All I wanna do is dance like there�s no tomorrow

Source: Starmometerdotcom

TV Ratings (Feb. 19-21): "Joaquin Bordado" Finally Reaches the 40% Mark

The result on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines from February 19 to 21 among Mega Manila households, is basically the same as in the previous weekdays.

While Marimar is strongly holding on to its No. 1 position in the primetime race, Eat Bulaga! is still in command in the daytime race.

Having said that, it is interesting to note that consistent second-placer Joaquin Bordado has reached the 40-plus mark for the first time last Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Robin Padilla-starrer accumulated 41.1 percent behind Marimar's 46 percent.

Kamandag, Coffee Prince, and 24 Oras held the third to fifth positions, respectively. The rest of the Top 10 were occupied by TV Patrol World, Kung Fu Kids, Lobo, Palos, Kung Ako Ikaw, and E.S.P., in no particular order.

In the daytime race, the inclusion of Prinsesa ng Banyera in two succeeding days (Tuesday and Wednesday) is quite amazing. The Kristine Hermosa afternoon soap managed to grab the last spot in the Top 10 in those mentioned days before bowing out again yesterday, Feb. 21.

Here are the Top Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from February 19 to 21 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

February 19 (Tuesday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.6%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 20.8%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 18%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 17.4%
My Only Love (GMA-7) - 16.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) / Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.4%
Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) - 14.3%
Come Back Soon-Ae (GMA-7) - 12%
Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 46%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 41.1%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 40.9%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 34.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 32.1%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 24.6%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 23.5%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 23%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) - 19&
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%

February 20 (Wednesday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 23%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 22%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) / My Only Love (GMA-7) - 18.4%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 16%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 15.4%
Come Back Soon-Ae (GMA-7) - 13.4%
Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) - 13.1%
Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 43.6%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 39.6%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 37.5%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 34.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 27.7%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 23.3%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.1%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.2%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) - 18%

February 21 (Wednesday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 23%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 22.8%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 18.6%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 18%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.8%
My Only Love (GMA-7) - 17.7%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 16.3%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
Come Back Soon-Ae (GMA-7) - 14.2%
Pinoy Movie Hits (ABS-CBN) - 13.7%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 43.3%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 38.8%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 37.6%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 33.7%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.9%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 22.7%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 19.6%
E.S.P. (GMA-7) - 18.1%

Source: Erwin Santiago, pepdotph

SANDARA Starts Career in Korea

What can Joseph Bitangcol say now that his ex-girlfriend, Sandara Park, is starting her own career in Korea? The latest report about Sandy is that she has been hired by a top TV station to star in a Koreanovela and she submitted herself to a total makeover that makes her so beautiful on screen.

�Well, I�m happy for her,� says Joseph. �Sana, magtagumpay siya sa sarili niyang bayan. Sayang nga, wala na kaming communication at all, unlike before na nage-email pa kami.�

Source: Mario E. Bautista, Journal Online

RICHARD, MARIAN 2008 Box-Office King and Queen

My Bestfriend�s Girlfriend na co-produced ng Regal at GMA Films ang top-grossing Valentine movie of 2008 (so far) dahil sa mahigit P50 million gross nito after four days of release.

Masayang-masaya naman si Richard Gutierrez dahil tinangkilik ng mga tao ang unang tambalan nila sa pelikula ni Marian Rivera.

Sobrang happy rin ang producers dahil sa magandang turn-out ng mga moviegoers para panoorin ang pelikula.

Umaasa ang mga producer na mas lalo pang madaragdagan ang kita ng BFGF in the days to come.
Puwedeng lumaban para maging box-office king si Richard �pag nagtuloy-tuloy ang magandang kita sa takilya ng BFGF. Box-office queen naman si Marian �pag nagkataon.

Dahil sa super-success BFGF, balitang sobrang naiinggit daw si Angel Locsin kay Marian Rivera.

Nakapagsabi pa nga raw ito na sana ay hindi muna siya umalis sa GMA-7 at ginawa muna niya ang kanilang tambalan ni Richard. Dapat kasi ay si Angel ang ka-love team ni Chard sa BFGF.

Source: Ricky Calderon, Journal Online

Thursday, February 21, 2008

ANNE CURTIS is Not Moving to GMA-7, Renews Contract with ABS-CBN

Matagal nang kumakalat ang usap-usapan na hindi diumano maganda ang relasyon ngayon sa pagitan ng Viva Artist Agency (VAA) at ABS-CBN. Dahil daw sa conflict na ito kaya binabalak daw ng VAA na ibalik sa GMA-7 ang mga talent nilang nasa Kapamilya network, gaya nina Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista, at Anne Curtis.

Ayon pa nga sa source , si Anne daw ang ang napili ng Kapuso network na gumanap bilang Darna sa pagbabalik ng Pinoy superheroine sa telebisyon sa pamamagitan ng Captain Barbell Meets Darna.

Kung saka-sakali, makakatambal pihado ni Anne ang ex-boyfriend niya na si Richard Gutierrez na siyang gaganap ulit bilang Captain Barbell. Ang Captain Barbell Meets Darna raw ang next project ni Richard pagkatapos ng Kamandag.

Nang kausapin ng PEP ang isang opisyal ng Viva Artist Agency upang kumpirmahin kung totoo ngang in-offer-an ng GMA-7 si Anne na gumanap na Darna, ito ang naging sagot sa amin trhu text message: "Wala naman formal offer sa amin, sa diyaryo ko lang nabasa."

So, some things are really not meant to happen. Hanggang ngayon kasi ay nananatiling haka-haka ang sinasabing pagbabalik ng Viva artists sa GMA-7.

Sa katunayan, napag-alaman na pumirma na pala ulit ng kontrata si Anne sa ABS-CBN noong nakaraang linggo. At noong Linggo nga, February 17, ay binigyan pa ng special tribute si Anne sa ASAP �08.

Kasama raw sa bagong kontratang pinirmahan ni Anne sa ABS-CBN ang isang fantaserye na pagbibidahan niya, kapalit ng hindi na raw matutuloy na The Wedding. Tatapusin din daw ng young actress ang pelikula niya with Aga Muhlach as her leading man, ang Waiting For Love.

A Viva artist ever since, Anne started her TV career with GMA-7 in 1995 appearing on the following shows: TGIS, Anna Karenina, Ikaw Na Sana, Mornings@GMA, May Bukas Pa, Beh! Bote Nga, Kakabakaba, Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw, SOP, Love To Love, and Nuts Entertainment.

Kasabay ng iba pang Viva artists, lumipat si Anne sa ABS-CBN noong 2004 pagkatapos ng hindi pagkakaunawaan ng GMA-7 at Viva Films. Ilan sa mga naging unang shows ni Anne sa Kapamilya network ay ang musical variety show na ASAP at ang soap opera na Hiram. It is safe to say na sa mga programang ito ng ABS-CBN nahasa nang husto ang hosting and acting skills ni Anne.

Then in 2005, Anne got her biggest break when she reprised the role of Vilma Santos in the TV remake of Kampanerang Kuba.

Napapanood ngayon regularly si Anne sa ASAP '08 at sa Book 2 ng Maging Sino Ka Man.

Source: pepdotph

Hollywood's Worst-Dressed Celebrities of 2008

Aretha Franklin, Marilyn Manson, Eva Longoria, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue are the WORST-DRESSED CELEBRITIES of 2008, according to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Christina Ricci, Martha Stewart and Alicia Keys said they'll never again wear fur after getting the same negative recognition last year from this animal rights organization.

How �bout some R-E-S-­ P-E-C-T for animals?
Aretha, when you waddled into the Grammys in yet another vulgar fur, you looked as if you were going to perform I Am the Walrus by The Beatles.
You may be a queen, but you don�t know jack about compassion.

Always draped in lea­ther from head to toe, Manson has enough skeletons in his closet to fill a pet cemetery.
As if wearing dead ani­mals isn�t foul enough, Manson says that he wears his cow-skin pants 24/7, only peeling the smelly things off to have sex.
That alone should be enough to tarnish leather�s dated sex appeal.
Manson may just be the shock-rocker�s stage name, but his wardrobe is a real-life tale of blood and guts.

Eva Longoria is short on compassion.
In her trashy furs, she looks like the street walker of Wisteria Lane.
Eva is one �despe­rate housewife� who needs a quickie divorce -- from her stylist.

I Know Who Killed Me isn�t just the title of Lindsay Lohan�s last bomb --it�s also the cry of the ani­mals snuffed out so that this �mean girl� can pose in their pelts.
Lindsay, there�s no road to recovery for the foxes who are anally electrocuted so that you can look skanky.

Nothing completes the transition from supermo­del to super-tramp like a fur coat.
If Kate could see clearly through those bleary eyes, maybe she�d clear her closet of those furs.

What does Kylie Minogue have in common with her python purse? They are both cold-blooded.
Come on, Kylie -- it�s not cool to clutch onto an accessory made by nailing snakes to trees and skinning them alive.

According to PETA, �Animals are living, feeling beings who don�t want to die -- they aren�t �fabrics.�

�Cows killed for their skin have their horns and tails cut off without any painkillers, some snakes and lizards are nailed to trees and their skin is ripped off their bodies while they are still alive, and alligators on farms may be beaten to death with hammers and axes -- just for their skin.�

Source: petadotorg

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ABS-CBN Bags 14 Awards while GMA-7 Got 8 in the 4th USTv Students' Choice Awards

ABS-CBN won 14 trophies while GMA-7 bagged eight awards in the 4th USTv Students' Choice Awards held last night, February 20, at the UST Medicine Auditorium. The said award-giving body is a pioneering endeavor of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to recognize artistic excellence and to promote Christian values in television programming.

See list of winners below:

Student's Choice of Local News Program: TV Patrol World
Students' Choice of Male and Female News and Public Affairs Hosts: Julius Babao and Karen Davila
Best Variety Talk Program: Boy & Kris
Students' Choice of Reality Show: Pinoy Big Brother Season 2
Students' Choice of Drama Program: Maalaala Mo Kaya
Students' Choice of Sitcom: That's My Doc
Most Popular Entertainment News Program: The Buzz
Most Popular Variety Show: ASAP '07
Students' Choice of Foreign Soap: Princess Hours
Students' Choice of Public Service Program: Salamat Dok

Studio 23
Students' Choice of Education Program: Sineskwela
Students' Choice of Public Affairs Talk Show Program: Y Speak
Country's Most Responsible Youth-Oriented TV Station: Studio 23

Students' Choice of Public Service Program: Wish Ko Lang
Best Magazine Program: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho
Best Documentary: I-Witness
Most Popular Gag Show: Bubble Gang
Students' Choice of Full Animated Program: Slam Dunk
Most Popular Drama Series: Marimar
Most Popular Actress and Actor in a Drama/Miniseries: Marian Rivera & Dingdong Dantes

The 4th USTv Students' Choice Awards is organized by the Office of the Secretary General in cooperation with the Office for Student Affairs, Central Student Council, the Student Organizations Coordinating Council, the Office of Public Affairs, the Social Research Center, the Institute of Religion, Educational Technology Center and other related offices.

Source: pepdotph


Daniel Betancourt asks the loveteam Kimerald about romance in this season of love...

On Dating:

How do you ask out somebody you like?
Gerald Anderson: I'll ask hervery politely and plan to eat out together.
Kim Chiu: I will invite him to go out once we are "super" friends already.

Where can you have the most romantic meal?
GA: On the beach, at a rooftop or in a romantic restaurant.
KC: At a fine dining restaurant where we can have a quiet conversation.

What is the best date movie ever?
GA: The Notebook.
KC: A Cinderella Story.

Do you think the harana (serenade) still works?
GA: Yeah, but I've never tried it yet!
KC: Of course. I think it would be very romantic, but I don't think there is any guy who would bother to do it.

On Getting Serious:
How do you know she/he is the one?
GA: When my knees get weak when I'm around her (laughs).
KC: That is difficult to determine. Maybe when I am older and mature enough. [Perharps that is the time] when I feel he is the "one".

What do you do if your parents do not like the person you are seeing?
GA: If my parents know that I really like that person, they would also like her.
KC: I will try my best for him to be friends with my parents.

What does it take to make a "loveteam" last?
GA: Make sure that you do not fight (laughs) and respect each other.
KC: Love your work and be sincere.

On Romance:
What is the most romantic thing a guy/girl can do for a girl/guy?
GA: Set up a dinner date.
KC: Kapag nagharana yung guy. Like the old style ng pangliligaw. (If the guy serenades. Like the old style of courtship).

How do you say "I Love You" without saying it?
GA: Care for her and make her feel special.
KC: Iha-hug ko sya ng soooobbbrraaannnggggg tight (I will hug him very tight).

On Travel:

What is the most romantic place in the Philippines?
GA: Palawan.
KC: There is no such thing as romantic place. If you are with your someone special, that is already romantic.

Source: Smile Cebupacific

American Idol Top 12 Guys Performance Review

�People are saying that this year�s talent is the best yet,� host Ryan Seacrest says. Kicking off night of February 19, Tuesday is the performances by the Season 7 American Idol Top 12 Men singing songs from the 60s.

1. David Hernandez (Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett) - Amazing.

2. Chikezie (More Today than Yesterday by Stevie Wonder)- Shakey vocals.

3. David Cook (Happy Together by The Turtles) - Decent vocal, decent performance.

4. Jason Yeager (Moonriver by Andy Williams) - One of better vocals but still not brilliant.

5. Robbie Carrico (One is the Loneliest Number by Harry Nilsson) - Good vocal, love the song choice.

6. David Archuleta (Shop Around by The Miracles) - Potentially great but vocal was a shaky.

7. Danny Noriega (Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Prestley) - Really average. Not a great song for him.

8. Luke Menard (Everybody's Talkin by Harry Nilsson) - Horrible. Very weak performance.

9. Colton Berry (Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley) - OK but nothing special.

10. Garrett Haley (Breaking Up is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka) - Weak and insipid.

11. Jason Castro (Daydream by Lovin' Spoonful) - Love his voice and personality.

12. Michael Johns (Light The Fire by The Doors) - It was just ok.

Black Eyed Peas Singer Joins "Wolverine" Cast

Black Eyed Peas singer will make his feature acting debut in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the "X-Men" spinoff starring Hugh Jackman.

Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins also have joined the Fox project, and Ryan Reynolds is making a cameo. Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi") is directing.

"Wolverine," set 17 years before the "X-Men" movies, traces the origins of the popular mutant superhero., whose real name is William Adams, will play Wraith, a mutant with the power to turn himself translucent.

Huston, who most recently appeared in "30 Days of Night," is playing Stryker, the military general who subjected Wolverine to the experiment that laced his bones with an unbreakable metal called adamantium. Brian Cox played the character in "X2: X-Men United."

Kitsch, one of the stars of NBC's "Friday Night Lights," is playing Gambit, a Cajun thief whose powers include the manipulation of kinetic energy, which allows him to use card-throwing to deadly effect.

Collins ("The Number 23") will play as Kayla Silverfox, Wolverine's lover and a member of Team X, a superpowered covert ops team.

Reynolds, onscreen in "Definitely, Maybe," will appear as Deadpool, a wisecracking mercenary.
Liev Schreiber already has been cast as Victor Creed, a mutant with bestial superpowers who also is known as Sabretooth.

Production began this month in New Zealand before moving to Australia. A New Orleans shoot also is on the docket. Fox is releasing the film everywhere May 1, 2009.
Source: yahoodotcom

Monday, February 18, 2008

TIRADOR Wins Special Award in Berlin Film Festival

Brillante �Dante� Mendoza�s latest feature film Tirador (Slingshot) won the Caligari Film Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival last week. This is the second international award for Tirador after the Special Jury Award it won in Marrakech last December.

According to the Berlinale website, �the Caligari Film Prize, three-person jury awards the Caligari Film Prize to a film in the Forum. The prize is sponsored by the German Federal Association of Communal Film Work and Filmdienst magazine. The winning film is honoured with 4,000 Euros, half of which is given to the director, the other half is meant to fund distribution. The 2008 jury: Andreas Heidenreich, Dagmar Kamlah, Julia Teichmann.�

Tirador is the first Filipino film to be shown in Forum to win the special award.

Aside from Tirador, four other Filipino films screened in the Forum section were Jim Libiran�s Tribu (Tribe); Mes de Guzman�s Balikbayan Box; Khavn dela Cruz�s The Muzzled Horse of an Engineer in Search of Medical Saddles; and John Torres� Years When I Was a Child Outside. Libiran, Dela Cruz and Torres presented their films in Berlin.

It was the first time that Berlin has featured five films from Filipino filmmakers.

Tirador has been previously sold to Peccadillo Pictures for UK and Ireland. France�s Swift Distribution has acquired the French�s broadcast and video rights. In Berlin, however, its theatrical company Equation has added the theatrical rights for the film. Negotiations are underway for possible distribution in North America and Germany.

Tirador will compete at the Singapore and Indianapolis International Film Festivals in April where the major winner will receive North American distribution by Film Movement and at the Cines del Sur in Granada, Spain in June.

Aside from Martin, Tirador stars Jiro Manio, Kristoffer King, Nathan Lopez with the special participation of Jaclyn Jose, Simon Ibarra and Julio Diaz. Ralston Joel Jover wrote the script. The movie was produced by Centerstage productions.

The Film Development Council headed by chairman Jacky Atienza, festival committee chairperson Christine Dayrit and executive director Lali Suzara subsized the trip to Berlin of the Filipino delegation.

Article Source: Ferdinand D. Lapuz , PDI

�Mutya ng Pilipinas� Beauty Awes Malaysians

MANILA, Philippines - A funny thing happened to 2007 Mutya ng Pilipinas Anna Marie Morelos when she went to Malaysia last December to compete in the first Miss Tourism Metropolitan pageant.

The 18-year-old nursing student was surprised to be greeted by a crowd taking photos of her as if she was a celebrity.

Apparently, they had mistaken Morelos for Malaysian superstar Pasha Shandra, who was also arriving on the same day.

�At first I didn�t understand [why] they also wanted to have their pictures taken with me. Still, I gamely posed with them,� Morelos told Inquirer Entertainment.

�I only realized they were waiting for another person when they showed me her photograph,� Morelos said. �Kamukha ko nga siya!�

No superstar

She had to explain to the people that she was not Shandra.

A few hours after that amusing airport scene, Morelos arrived at the hotel and was assigned a room with fellow contestants from Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

The pageant calendar spanned three weeks. Since coronation night was on Dec. 31, Morelos had to spend her first Christmas away from her family and where the holiday season is not traditionally celebrated.
But this was not the only sacrifice she had to make.

Before flying to Kuala Lumpur, Morelos crammed her hospital training hours so that she�ll be ready if she needs to extend her stay overseas.

All these paid off when the 5�7� Filipina beauty landed in the Top 5, ending the Philippine�s 2007 pageant season with a bang. Her victory likewise redeemed the country from dismal results in the previous four major international pageants.

�When my name was called in the Top 10, I told myself, �okey na to�,� Morelos recalled. �During intermission, I texted Mama and told her I made it to the semifinals.�

Winning answer

She also related to Inquirer Entertainment that she was not too excited when her name was called. �I was happy, but it felt different knowing that your family is not there to see you being called on stage,� she explained.

In the interview segment, a judge asked Morelos where she would prefer to go on a holiday trip. Replying that she�d like to explore fascinating sights in Southeast Asia, Morelos expounded that the experience would in turn help her promote the Philippines as one of the world�s most exciting tourist destinations.

The answer helped her clinch the fourth runner-up slot, which she didn�t expect.

Sorina Neacsu of Romania won the title.

�I had no idea who would win,� Morelos confessed. �I thought every girl had an edge and a distinct beauty. So I thought, �mapapansin pa kaya ako?�.� She also did not receive any �subsidiary awards� in the preliminaries.
However, she noted how appreciative the Malaysians were of her own qualities. �They really admire Filipinos. They think we�re smart and intelligent. It made me proud � And the Filipino bellmen in the hotel kept shouting, �Go Philippines!� whenever they saw me. So that boosted my confidence and self-esteem,� Morelos said.

The whole experience has also given her the impetus to consider joining other competitions in the future.
But that would have to wait. She wants to finish her studies as an incoming senior nursing major at Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela City.

What a gorgeous nurse she�d make.

Source: Armin Adina, PDI