Resident Evil's "Final Chapter" Goes Into Production‏

Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has just announced that the sixth installment of the Sci-Fi, action horror film series, “Resident Evil”, has commenced principal photography in South Africa.

Titled “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” this will be the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Constantin Film will produce “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” Director, Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film on location in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

ALDEN RICHARDS receives his first Gold record award from Universal Records!

Alden Richards, the hottest leading man on Philippine TV, is now a Gold record-awardee as Universal Records recently announced that his self-titled debut album has officially reached its Gold record status.

On Friday, September 25 in Eat Bulaga, Alden received a Gold record plaque from Universal Records’ General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go where our “Pambansang Bae” went emotional and thanked his album producers and supporters for making this possible.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Universal Records for trusting me with my first album na kahit hindi po ako singer ay binigyan nila ako ng chance. Sa lahat po ng sumusuporta ng album, salamat po!” said the teary-eyed actor. Alden is currently a host of GMA 7’s Eat Bulaga and popularly paired to Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza in the phenomenal segment “Kalyeserye.”

Two newcomers take centerstage in 39th National MILO Marathon Iloilo race

After a two-week hiatus, the 39th National MILO Marathon made a big return in Iloilo this Sunday, and drew over 17,000 runners who participated in the country’s most prestigious footrace. The local government of Iloilo showed its support for the MILO Marathon with the presence of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa, III. Mayor Mabilog demonstrated the importance of exercise to his constituents by participating as a runner in the 5K race while Vice Mayor Rojas sounded the gun start.

With the advantage of two additional weeks for training, NMM regulars Romulo Balinas and Lorena Blanco shared the spotlight at the 21K centerpiece event. Balinas clocked in at 01:17:13, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. Bennis Murillo (01:18:04) and Norlan Warizal (01:19:20) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers.

The male champ was delighted with the outcome of his performance despite a setback during the race. “I am glad I was the first to cross the finish line even though I knew I was losing speed towards the finish,” Balinas said. “The cramps slowed me down in the last 5K of the race but it’s a good thing I was able to cope up with the pain - a skill that I owe to my training,” he said. After placing seventh from last year’s elimination race, the University of St. La Salle Bacolod alumni steeled himself to reach for the top rank. “I literally pushed myself to undergo rigorous training in the last three weeks,” he said. “With this victory, it only shows that hard work does pay off.”

Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall," Theme Song to "Spectre" Out Now‏

Multi-platinum selling British artist Sam Smith has become the latest musician to record a James Bond theme song, for the forthcoming SPECTRE. “Writing’s On The Wall” was released Sept. 25 via Capitol Records and is available to purchase and stream now.

“Writing’s On The Wall” was co-written by Sam Smith and fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Napes. The track is awash with cascading orchestration and delicate keys, whilst Smith’s impeccable vocals elegantly glide above the instrumentation, strewn throughout with his effortless falsetto. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965.

On the SPECTRE theme song Smith comments: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

"Straight Outta Compton" Now Highest-Grossing Musical Biopic of All-Time

The filmed story of N.W.A. is straight outta record books. Thanks to consecutive weeks atop the US box-office, Universal Pictures' "Straight Outta Compton" has earned its place in history as the highest-grossing music biopic ever, with a smash box-office haul of #157 million (as of September 17, 2015). The previous champ, "Walk The Line," about Johnny and June Carter Cash, had grossed $119 million.

The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job,” “The Negotiator”). The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein.

Visionary Director Takes You to the Haunted World of "Crimson Peak"‏

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes Universal Pictures' gothic romance “Crimson Peak” starring Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”), two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Interstellar”), Tom Hiddleston (“Thor” series) and Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”).

In the film, when her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind the place called Crimson Peak. Here, they will discover the power that love has to make monsters of us all.

Fil-Am Cinematographer Shoots Acclaimed “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”

Don't look now, but a Filipino-American contributed to the enormous critical and commercial success of Universal Pictures' “Straight Outta Compton,” which traces the rise of influential (and notorious) rap group N.W.A. The film's Director of Photography is none other than Oscar-nominated Fil-Am cinematographer Matthew Libatique, himself a life-long fan of hip-hop music.

Libatique describes to ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) Magazine, how he got involved with the film. “I was watching TV in a New York hotel room when I saw Ice Cube on Queen Latifah [the talk show], and she asked what he was doing next. When Cube said a film called `Straight Outta Compton,' I literally jumped up and grabbed the phone. For the first time in my career, I called my agent and said I really want that project.”

Follow The Teen Big 4 Pinoy Big Brother On Mobile

Fans of Pinoy Big Brother and the Teen Big 4 can now follow the group’s journey wherever they are and at any time they want.

Just when we thought that Ylona Garcia, Bailey May, Franco Rodriguez, and Jimboy Martin are out of the house and just waiting for the big night, Big Brother has given them new tasks.

Together they’ll go to their respective provinces and must sum up their experiences by composing a song and turning it into a music video with video clips taken from their trip.

Ice Cube's Son Plays Dad in "Straight Outta Compton"

Casting for the key roles of a complex, emotional, real-life street drama like Universal Pictures' “Straight Outta Compton” was highly personal and took an immense effort by director F. Gary Gray. Of course, their goal when casting the five coveted roles was the full package of triple-threat performers—who could act, look the part and perform with an unfiltered intensity that channeled N.W.A. members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren.

The role of Ice Cube were the first to be cast. As the early development stages of the project began to take shape, Ice Cube could easily envision his then-20-year-old son stepping into the on-screen role of Cube’s younger self. One look at O’Shea Jackson, Jr., and there’s no mistaking he is his father’s son. It’s not just the striking physical similarities between the two, but subtle nuances that genetics can’t deny—like a confident swagger that comes from a deep and strong sense of self.

Manny Pacquiao is Asia Society’s 2015 Asia Game Changer

Asia Society today announced the 2015 Asia Game Changers, recognizing those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Manny Pacquiao will be honored as the 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year, following in the footsteps of Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, who took the honor in 2014.

"The Asia Game Changer Awards address the lack of recognition for Asians who are transforming ideas into action and improving lives," said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. "This year's honorees could not be more different from one another. They include a group of scientists, a comedian, a dancer, a fighter pilot and a boxer. What they share in common is that they all fight for a better today and inspire the world to do things differently."

Jessica Castain In Command In Ridley Scott's Immersive 3D Spectacle "THE MARTIAN"

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, who’s also considered as one of the most sought after actresses of her generation who gave memorable portrayals in groundbreaking movies such as “Interstellar,” “Zero Dark 30” and  “Tree of Life” stars in Ridley Scott’s space adventure “The Martian” with Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Sebasyian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Kirsten Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean.

Based on the highly successful book by Andy Weir, “The Martian” tells of the gripping story of botanist Mark Watney, played by Damon in the film.   Watney is one of the six-man crew of the Ares 3, an exploratory fact finding mission to Mars that goes radically wrong when the astronauts are caught in the middle of a ferociously violent sandstorm. As the crew scramble to get back on board their ship, Watney is speared by an antenna - leaving him injured and destroying his space suit’s bio monitors in the process.

ZsaZsa Padilla Starts Again With "Beginnings"

The country’s celebrated singer and iconic diva, Zsa Zsa Padilla returns in the recording studio with BEGINNINGS, her new release in three years and home to several standout tracks in the 10-song easy-listening collection released by Polyeast Records. 

Dubbed as Divine Diva for her impeccable talent, Zsa Zsa’s music has evolved since her debut as a PolyEast Records artist.  The new album is lauded with refreshing ‘70s and ‘80s covers and expresses an inspirational warmth, honest talent and humble grace of a woman who’s paying tribute to a love the second time around. 

It is easy to see why she is thrilled about this album as Zsa Zsa said on her liner notes, “The last studio album I did was a personal to me. Although it was filled with original OPM songs, I had just lost a great love so when I listen to it now; I find it a bit sad and yes, at times angry. I was still grieving and never I though it possible to love again.” 

First Applebee’s Grill & Bar® to Open in the Philippines this September

Applebee’s Grill & Bar®, the quintessential American restaurant since it first opened in 1980 outside Atlanta, Georgia and which has since grown to be the largest casual dining brand in the world, is opening its first location in the Philippines, it was announced today by Daniel del Olmo, President of International, DineEquity, Inc.

The new Applebee’s, which represents another step forward in the international growth strategy of parent company DineEquity, Inc., is located at the Ground Floor of the W Global Center, 30th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

I'm So Stoked With Heroes Reborn On Jack TV

I was not a fan of American series back in college, but when I saw Heroes back them, it triggered the fan boy in me. Since I am also into superheroes and comics, the series was the only series I got so much engaged on that I even looked into their comics, mini-series and wiki. However it also ended when they decided to end the series back in 2010.

But that excitement is back with the revival of the series with Heroes Reborn. This still follows the story of the original series with some old characters returning for this show. Created by Tim Kring,  HEROES REBORN will have an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. 

Fans can look forward to seeing some of the original Heroes cast members return to the series, such as Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh. 

“I will give my life for children”—Luistro

“I can say with all sincerity: I will give my life for children.”

This is what Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said when he was asked if the Department of Education (DepEd) can protect the students from armed conflicts during the deliberation of the 2016 proposed budget for the Department of Education at the House of Representatives.

Luistro said, “Without any second thoughts, a teacher's first move is to protect children.” The education chief reiterated that all schools are zones of peace, adding that education and children should not be casualties in any conflict nor be subjected to any form of violence.

Herrera, Nobleza victorious in 39th National MILO Marathon Bacolod race

Philippine Navy member Rene Herrera and full time runner Jennylyn Nobleza led the pack at the Bacolod leg of the 39th National MILO Marathon on Sunday. The country’s most prestigious footrace saw 10,400 runners answer the starting gun in the festive streets of the City of Smiles.

Herrera and Nobleza each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy; and earned their slots to the National MILO Marathon Finals. The finals will be held in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Being NMM regulars for years, Herrera and Nobleza used their experience to their advantage to clinch the top spots of the 21K centerpiece event. In the men’s division, Herrera clocked in at 01:14:12, relegating Maclin Sadia (01:15:04) to second place and Jason Agravante (01:16:41) to third place.

Dakota Johnson Leads the Women of "Black Mass"‏

Though, in the context of the time, the FBI and the mob were each something of a boys’ club, there are women in the story Warner Bros. Pictures' new thriller “Black Mass” who have a distinct impact on what transpires. Portraying them are Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Juno Temple (“Maleficent”) and Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”).

“Black Mass” explores how a deal between ruthless gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) enabled Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, as Connolly—blinded by his own ambition—shielded him from investigation, ignoring the rising body count.

Latest "Spectre" Vlog Hypes Real Action‏

The newest behind-the-scenes vlog from Columbia Pictures' SPECTRE focuses on the action sequences which may be viewed here at

Director Sam Mendes says: “The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions,” while Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould adds, “It’s going to be a real rollercoaster ride.”

SPECTRE follows the release of SKYFALL, the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.

REEL DEAL: Straight Outta Compton REVIEW

Rap music is one of the most recent genre of music that has been recognized by the whole world. Building the music is not an easy feat, as well are the culture and the people that are around it. And one of the pioneering group in this industry is NWA which is top-billed by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, MC Ren and Easy-E. 

Showing the groups roots from Compton, California, they engage in a uncharted market of rap particularly  gangsta rap which many expressed opposition due to language, lifestyle and supposed invocation to violence.  Despite this, the groups becomes a ht and even went on tour across the states. The conflict arises with individuals having various issues.

The movie bares individuals evenly and real as possible with the cussing, violence, drugs, and partying that made a mark to the group. They were able to assimilate the rap culture to the viewers either you are a fan or not. Though it may not be far from the present time, it does detailed effort to bring us back to the late 80s and early 90s.

One would also appreciate their contribution to the music industry which was greatly boomed and one of the most followed music genre all around the world. Though there are also a lot of contributors to this, many can attest the role of NWA and how they have changed the world.

Behold the First Trailer of "The Angry Birds Movie"‏

The highly anticipated first trailer of Columbia Pictures' “The Angry Birds Movie” has just been released and may be viewed here at

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, “We're the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses”), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since “Frozen”), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, “This is the End”) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Top Comedians Bring Funny Back to Monsters in "Hotel Transylvania 2"

Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf, the Invisible Man and the Mummy return for their full reinvention as cool monsters in Sony Pictures Animation's new animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Providing their voices are top comedians Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Keegan-Michael Key.

Once upon a time, Dracula (Adam Sandler) was a controlling, dominating guy who used his strength and charisma not only to create the world’s only hotel for monsters, but to become the world’s worst helicopter dad right up until his daughter’s 118th birthday. He’s better now – or is he? Now that he’s a grampa – make that “vampa” – no one could be happier… but when his grandson, Dennis, looks like he might be human instead of a vampire, Drac cracks – determining to bring out the “late fanger’s” fangs no matter what.

Recreating the Twin Towers of World Trade Center for "The Walk"‏

“We were not able to shoot between the two towers of the World Trade Center, of course, because, sadly, they don’t exist anymore, but we were able to replicate them in a way that I think is an enormously loving homage to those buildings,” says Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the upcoming “The Walk.”

(Watch “The Walk” featurette “A Love Letter to New York” at

Jardine Distribution, Inc. and Advanta plants seed of partnership to benefit corn farming

Jardine Distribution, Inc.(JDI), one of the country’s leading agro products company and global seeds producer Advanta Seed International (ASI) recently sealed a partnership that will see the introduction of several biotech products into the country.

In a joint conference between JDI and Advanta at the latter’s breeding and research facility in Lopburi, Thailand, Advanta Business Manager Seraj Ahmad said that the first product to be introduced in the Philippines is ADV Maize Doble, a genetically modified seed product with double stacks gene (MON 89034*NK603) technology that will help corn growers increase their yield. 

Iconic Musical Ushers Opening of Circuit Makati’s Power Mac CenterSpotlight

Inspired by the lyrics of Vehnee Saturno, Stages Production Specialist Inc. is unveiling a musical comedy poised to become this season’s theatrical hit. 

Saturno, a multi-awarded composer best known for creating popular hits such as Be My Lady (Martin Nievera), Sana Kahit Minsan and Simple Lang (Ariel Rivera), Isang Lahi (Regine Velasquez), Mr. Kupido (Rachel Alejandro), Bakit Pa? (Jessa Zaragoza), Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig and Dahil Tanging Ikaw (Jaya), celebrates his 35th anniversary in the industry with Chuva Choo Choo – The Mr.Kupido Musicale, where his most popular compositions will be featured. 

Lights of Hope: WWF-Philippines Deploys Solar Lamps in Beton, Palawan

About 15 million Filipinos have no access to electricity. Living in far-flung villages which are not directly connected to power grids, they instead rely on highly-flammable kerosene to light up their homes. This lack of access to a safe, stable, and sustainable energy source hinders opportunities for social and economic advancement.

Located in the municipality of Taytay in northern Palawan, the remote island-community of Beton is home to an estimated 300 families who rely on subsistence fishing and seaweed farming for food and livelihood. The majority of them make do with living in darkness after sundown.

Lampara Books Launches Moymoy Lulumboy Book 2: Ang Nawawalang Birtud - For Young Adults

Lampara Publishing House beams with pride with the launching of ‘Moymoy Lulumboy Book 2: Ang Nawawalang Birtud ” set on September 19 at the SMX Convention Center, Meeting Room 5.

“Moymoy Lulumboy” became a byword among the young adults all over the country who love to read original Filipino novels when the book “Moymoy Lulumboy – Ang Batang Aswang” was launched last February 2015. 

And due to popular request, the second installment regarding the adventures of Moymoy Lulumboy continues in “Moymoy Lulumboy Book 2: Ang Nawawalang Birtud.”

And yes, the successful formula: Fifty percent mythology, fifty percent adventure, a hundred percent Filipino: are still present in this novel. 

RE/MAX: A new concept that benefits consumers

RE/MAX, the world's highest-rating franchise, has changed the real estate sector in the Philippines by providing more options to people looking for property to own or lease.

For brokers, it means a more professional approach to doing business. 

"Our people aren't just in it for the money. They love what they are doing and are looking forward to what happens every day. They don't just have jobs. They have careers," explains RE/MAX Philippines country manager Michelle Perlas.

But the biggest benefit of RE/MAX being in the Philippines, according to Perlas, is felt by consumers.

Alcatel Flash 2 Ups The Level Playing Field In Mobile Photography

New Prime Model From Alcatel Flash Pushes The Limits In Camera and Phone

Alcatel Flash today announced their latest prime model, the Alcatel Flash 2, with an even stronger focus on mobile photography than ever before. Fresh with their new brand color “Flash Green” signifying innovation, youth and energy, the Alcatel Flash 2 builds upon Alcatel Flash’s commitment in providing mobile users a unique mobile photography experience – mobigraphy.“Mobigraphy is not just an action, but is now a lifestyle. We understand this from the very beginning when we created the Flash series,” Albert Wong, General Manager, Alcatel Flash. “What we have done for Alcatel Flash 2 is to continue to improve on what we already have and make it better yet at the same time continue to provide accessibility and convenience to the users to shoot their best moments.”

Anne Hathaway, a Self-Made Fashion Mogul in "The Intern"

Anne Hathaway stars opposite De Niro as Jules Ostin, the founder of an e-commerce site, About the Fit, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new drama comedy “The Intern.”

In the film directed Nancy Meyers (“It's Complicated,” “The Holiday”), seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site that's growing at hyper speed. When owner and founder Jules agreed to have senior interns join the company, however, she assumed that meant seniors in college.

Aiza Seguerra’s new album now certified Gold!

After the successful release of singer-songwriter Aiza Seguerra’s latest album, “Araw Gabi: Mga Awit ni Maestro Ryan” has scored a gold record award. Aiza’s gold record was awarded to her by Universal Records’ General Manager, Kathleen Dy-Go, in Eat Bulaga last September 16, 2015.

As the acoustic singer pays tribute to Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, it also features Mr. C playing the piano for single “Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka.” The album also includes fresh takes on some of the most-loved Ryan Cayabyab compositions like “Araw Gabi,” “Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako,” “Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika,” “Kahit Ika’y Isang Panaginip Lamang,” “Paano Na Kaya,” “Tunay Na Ligaya,” “Iduyan Mo,” among others.

The album is still available at all record bars nationwide. Digital tracks can also be downloaded on iTunes, Spinnr and Amazon. You may also listen to the full album on Deezer and album preview on YouTube.

For more information, follow Universal Records’ official social media accounts at, and

SureSeal: Your leak solution this rainy season

Living in the Philippines, which goes through months of monsoon every year, have taught us to be prepared when long days of rain is just around the corner. One of the measures we take is keeping our roofs free from debris like stones, dirt, and fallen leaves, among others to protect it from leaks. However, there are times that there are cracks and holes already. In situations like this, the smartest and most convenient solution is applying sealants to ensure that our most precious homes are safe from damages caused by leaks. However, can current sealants in the market do the job?

DepEd sets out career guidance campaign and early registration guidelines for incoming SHS students

The Department of Education (DepEd) has rolled out a Career Guidance Program (CGP) for incoming Senior High School (SHS) students to guide them on their career path in time for the National Early Registration Day for Grade 10 completers in October.

Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the CGP will assist Grade 10 students make informed choices regarding their preferred SHS track. “We want our students to be aware of the importance of choosing a track that suits their interest while at the same time matches the available resources as well as job opportunities that await them,” he added.

Robert De Niro Begins Again in "The Intern"

Robert De Niro plays a 70-year-old widower and retiree who gets the chance to begin again as an intern at a local Brooklyn start-up, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new drama comedy “The Intern.”

In the film directed Nancy Meyers (“It's Complicated,” “The Holiday”), De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

"Black Mass" Explores Rise of Gangster with Help from FBI‏

For more than a decade—until his capture in 2011—Boston’s most infamous crime lord, James “Whitey” Bulger, was hunted by the FBI, surpassed only by Osama Bin Laden at the top of the Bureau’s Most Wanted List. But the ironic fact is that Bulger might never have risen to the level of power he achieved were it not for the aid and abetment of the FBI.

Warner Bros. Pictures' new thriller “Black Mass” explores how a deal between ruthless gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) enabled Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, as Connolly—blinded by his own ambition—shielded him from investigation, ignoring the rising body count.

John Legend With Madonna's Dance On For "Breaking Through" Unique Casting Call

The upcoming intense dance movie “Breaking Through,” went for a unique casting call that had John Legend (who serves as producer of the film) teamed up with Madonna’s DanceOn, a leading YouTube dance video network that serves as a source for undiscovered talent which was also founded by Guy Oseary, Allen DeBevoise and CEO  Amanda Taylor.  

John Legend, a multiple Emmy Award-winner also produced original music for “Breaking Through” and has pooled together the most talented dancers and choreographers in the movie.  Along with John Swetnam,  known for his breakthrough screenwriting work in “Step Up All In” that reached blockbuster status pens the movie’s screenplay and takes on the director’s chair. 

Disney's "The Jungle Book" Trailer Dazzles the Eyes‏

Walt Disney Pictures has just launched the teaser trailer of its new, imaginative take on the classic children’s adventure “The Jungle Book” which may be viewed here at

The new film blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.

Blockbuster "Straight Outta Compton" Goes Straight to Ayala Malls Cinemas‏

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.

Taking us back to where it all began, Universal Pictures' “Straight Outta Compton” tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

“Straight Outta Compton” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting September 30.

Golden Globe Winner Emily Blunt Headlines Male-Dominated Territory In "Sicario"

In Mexico, “Sicario” means hitman. In the intense, action drama on the fight against drugs, “Sicario,” Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt stars as FBI agent Kate Macer who  finds herself in the midst of the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico enlisted by an elite government task force official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

“Sicario” is directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), a searing emotional-thriller that descends into the intrigue, corruption and moral mayhem of the borderland drug wars. 

Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assassins, clandestine American spies and thousands of innocents.  Says director Denis Villeneuve, “Sicario takes a powerful look at black-ops operations and the Mexican cartels. But this story is also about America, about the idealism and realism that clash when it comes to dealing with the problems of other countries.” 

First DRT Show Philippines a huge success

The first ever Dive and Resort Travel (DRT) Show, presented by premier international exhibitions organizer, LX Development Group, and the Philippine Department of Tourism, was a huge success as it was highly supported and attended by numerous diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists, and industry stakeholders.

As the three-day expo held at the SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City featured top-level exhibitors – from dive equipment manufacturers, water sport equipment manufacturers, dive resorts, national tourism organizations (NTOs), as well as marine conservation and diving organizations – visitors were immersed in a grand showcase of the latest industry developments and innovations. The event also featured talks led by seasoned diving professionals, photographers and writers from all over the world who shared knowledge and learning that are valuable to anyone passionate about underwater world exploration. Another important highlight is the expo’s efforts on spreading awareness and encouraging support for the preservation and protection of marine ecosystems. Most significantly, the DRT Show Philippines provided a venue to promote the country as a premier diving destination in Asia.

Across the Asia Pacific, DRT Shows are considered as the biggest and highly important regional event advocating business and partnership among members of the diving community. The expo has been making waves in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Okinawa, bringing together over 600 exhibitors from 48 countries and more than 50,000 registered visitors from some 56 countries over the last two years.

The DRT Show is the only professional dive exhibition in the region supported the by General Administration of Sport of China (HR Resources Development Center), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention & Visitor Bureau (OCVB), Japan Recreational Diving Association (JRDA), Japan Wetsuits Manufacturers Association (JWMA), and Japan Scuba Association (JSA).

How to pack smart when going on a trip

Planning a trip is always exciting, whether you’re set to go long-haul or just plan to zip around a few neighboring countries. But even as you visualize the thrill of seeing new places or revisiting old travel haunts, you know that there are mundane matters you need to deal with, including your itinerary, flight schedules and hotel accommodations, airport security checks, and a seemingly endless list of pre-travel arrangements to do.

And then there’s the major task of knowing what—and how—to pack.

Believe it or not, packing can make or break your trip. Bringing the right clothes, accessories, and other essential things ensures worry-free trekking around your destinations, leaving you free to enjoy the sights and relish the entire travel experience.

"Spectre" World Premiere Announced as 2015 Royal Film Performance‏

Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE, has been selected for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s Royal Film Performance 2015.

The World Premiere will be attended by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and will take place on Monday 26th October at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

The CTBF Royal Film Performance is annually held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, dedicated to providing support for those working behind-the-scenes in times of hardship. SPECTRE will be the third Bond film chosen as an RFP title since its inception in 1946.


The life of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic church’s 266th Pope who was elected in March 2013 will soon be unveiled in Philippine cinemas on September 30 in the upcoming film “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” also known as “Francis: Pray For Me.”

Based on the book “Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by acclaimed journalist Elisabetta Piqué, a close friend of the Pope and a correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for La Nación, Argentina’s main newspaper, Pique offers an intimate, in depth portrait of Pope Francis, drawing on interviews with over 75 individuals including lay people, priests, bishops, cardinals and the Pope s family and friends, as well as her relationship with the Pope as a close family friend.

DepEd sets out career guidance campaign and early registration guidelines for incoming SHS students

The Department of Education (DepEd) has rolled out a Career Guidance Program (CGP) for incoming Senior High School (SHS) students to guide them on their career path in time for the National Early Registration Day for Grade 10 completers in October.

Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the CGP will assist Grade 10 students make informed choices regarding their preferred SHS track. “We want our students to be aware of the importance of choosing a track that suits their interest while at the same time matches the available resources as well as job opportunities that await them,” he added.

Green Inferno: Casting The Cannibals

How do you teach an Amazon tribe, who has no idea what a movie is to act like angry savage cannibals? 
Eli Roth’s solution: Make them watch Cannibal Holocaust.

From director Eli Roth, the horror mastermind behind some of the scariest movies of all time such as Cabin Fever and the blockbuster Hostel franchise, comes GREEN INFERNO, a terrifying new film about a group of college students who take their humanitarian protest to the Amazon jungle, only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save.

Crowdsource the BLISS of a #LiveFreePH

How do you feel about the future? Is your family doing okay? Are the people around you hopeful or gloomy? With the Brighter Life Index: Social Sentiment or BLISS, Sun Life will show how optimism, prosperity, and the bayanihan spirit can produce a positive ripple from ourselves to our loved ones and to the community where we live.

BLISS is a Facebook application that aims to get the pulse of Filipinos about their current financial situation as well as their outlook for the future.