A Guide to the Terrifying "Escape" Rooms in the New Suspense Thriller

Are you ready to play for your life?

In Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Escape Room, directed by Insidious: The Last Key’s Adam Robitel, six strangers (Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, and Nik Dodani) who have chosen to be part of an escape room experience find themselves in a room — no windows, only one door — and it’s locked.  The madman games master (Yorick van Wageningen) who’s locked them in has set up a series of fiendishly clever and difficult puzzles that, when solved in the correct order, will lead to the key and their salvation. And to add to the difficulty, he’s set a ticking clock, with one hour to complete the puzzles and escape… or face the consequences.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Makes First Ever Philippine Stop to Kick off 11th Season

The biggest event of the season makes its highly-anticipated debut in the Philippines! Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series kicks off its 11th season in El Nido, Palawan, on April 12th – 13th, 2019. This year, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its regional debut in three brand new locations on its seven-stop global tour:
  • April 13  – El Nido, Palawan, Philippines – (NEW)
  • May 12 – Dublin, Ireland – (NEW)
  • June 2 – Polignano a Mare, Italy
  • June 22 – São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • July 14 – Beirut, Lebanon – (NEW)
  • August 24 – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • September 14 – Bilbao, Spain
Twenty-four (24) professional male and female cliff divers from eighteen (18) nationalities take off for the clear emerald waters of the Small and Big Lagoon in Miniloc Island, including record champions Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (GBR). However, each stop will feature four (4) wildcard divers seeking to earn their way up the ranks.

2018 NDAA Digital Art Awards Winners Revealed!

The 2018 NDAA Honors Digital Arts Winners at the NDAA Awards Night Pasig City, 26 February 2019 — The National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) honored the Winners of the 2018 NDAA during its awards night, held at the Jose Rizal Room, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. Since 2013, the National Digital Arts Award has been recognizing the deserving Filipino digital artists who showcase their exemplary creations and world-class talent on six digital categories, namely Digital Art in Print, Character Design, Animation, Digital Short Movie, Website usage experience and Drone Movie experience. A panel of renowned award judges — which includes Ali Silao, Avel Bacudio, Jobert Monteras, JM Matienzo,Vincent Aseo and internationally acclaimed short-film director Arvin Bellarmino, Jaime "Joel" Santos and Alvin Tan selected the winners of this year's Php 3.0 million worth of cash and prizes. 

ABS-CBN Global among the business ‘gems’ recognized by the Optical Media Board

ABS-CBN Global, Ltd. is among the business “gems” recognized by the Optical Media Board (OMB) for being a compliant exporter in the Philippines, in the recently held “OMB Appreciation Night” at the Winford Hotel in Sta. Cruz, Manila. For two consecutive years, the company was recognized for adhering to OMB’s mandate of securing licenses and permits before exporting content, which is part of the Philippine agency’s efforts in regulating the production, use, and distribution of optical media. OMB Chairman and CEO Atty. Anselmo Adriano said: “You are truly the gems of OMB. Your compliance and support of OMB’s mandate is greatly appreciated. It is no secret that regulating the businesses involved in optical, magnetic and other storage devices is not an easy job. This is the reason why we give recognition to those who had been religiously compliant.” ABS-CBN Global Ltd. is the subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the world’s largest Filipino media and entertainment company, that reaches out to Filipinos overseas through its wide variety of Filipino movies and programs online, on mobile, on IPTV, on cable and satellite, through ad sales solutions, through produced and partnered events, through online retail, through community engagement and partnerships, and through its philanthropic arm, ABS-CBN Foundation International.

ABS-CBN Global has also previously partnered with OMB globally for its “Bawal Kumopya” (Copying is Illegal) anti-piracy campaign.

Renowned swimmers, to teach in the ‘New Home of Champions’

Santé Fitness Lab and Santé Lacuna Swim School announce today its partnership in a bid to strengthen their drive in sports development particularly in swimming at Relish Luxe Café in Pasig City. 

Joey Marcelo, CEO of Santé, believes that the Santé Lacuna Swim Class is a step towards the fulfillment of Santé Fitness Lab’s vision of creating champions in sports particularly in the field of swimming as well as being a global leader in providing holistic and innovative fitness programs and sports rehabilitation.

"Abominable," "Ma" & "Yesterday" Launch New Posters

Universal Pictures has just unveiled the new one-sheet artworks for three of its highly anticipated films of the year -- the suspense thriller Ma starring Octavia Spencer, the rock-and-roll comedy Yesterday and the animated comedy adventure Abominable.

Check the posters below and watch Ma in Philippine cinemas on June 19, followed by Yesterday on June 26 and Abominable in September 25.

Ma, Yesterday and Abominable are distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/  

Have you Heard Of AQ? Know Them with Your Kids Through ZooMoo

We know IQ is Intelligence Quotient, EQ is Emotional Quotient, but AQ is a new term I just encountered. And this one is important to kids because it means Animal Quotient. Yes, we need to have an awareness of how we know animals and how to take care of them. Raising kids having good knowledge and values towards living things is indeed a great trait for every child.

Since TV is one of places where kids learn and understand the world, we continue to look for child-friendly channels and shows suited for them. Since the online world is a very risky place, we would resort to TV particularly cable. 

Good thing that ZooMoo is now available in SkyCable which is dedicated for child-safe shows and entertainment meant to develop their AQ. Think of it as a combination of your favorite animal channels cater made for your children. Plus since we usually don't have access to zoos and the wild, this is the best place where they can learn about animals, conservation, nature, and their participation in the future.

New, Exciting Actors Form an Unlikely Team in "Escape Room"

Meet the men of Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, the new suspense thriller from the director of last year’s worldwide horror hit, Insidious: The Last Key, and produced by the team behind the Fast & Furious series.

In Escape Room, six strangers have chosen to be part of an escape room experience and, they will discover, there’s a mystery that links them all together. Because each of the characters has an independent and unconnected back-story in the narrative, the casting goal of the filmmakers was to find an eclectic group of performers. Playing the men of Escape Room are Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, and Nik Dodani, whose characters have to work as a team (together with the characters played by Deborah Ann Woll and Taylor Russell) to successfully escape the mysterious rooms overseen by games master Woo Tan Yu, played by Yorick van Wageningen.

Ortigas Art Festival Now On Its Second Year With More Artists

Estancia in Capitol Commons continues its passion for the arts with staging an art exhibit that features more than 100 artists. Dubbed as Ortigas Art Festival, the celebration of artistry through paintings, sculptures, and photography showcases various art groups with diverse themes, designs, and mediums.

This 2019 is the second year of the art fair and it wanted more artists to come on board and spread their works for mall goers to see. Estancia is also the perfect place with their wide walkways and spaces that can host  the numerous artworks.

Solve the puzzle and survive “Escape Room” at SM Cinema!

Get ready for a mind-blowing psycho thriller as the latest SM Cinema offering, Escape Room, showcases puzzles, screams, and deaths.

Everyone definitely loves to join a game with a huge cash prize, but what if in the middle of the game, you discover that your life is at stake, and there is no way out? This is where Escape Room starts.

Six strangers take a challenge, and enter a mysterious escape room where they have to solve a series of puzzles in order to win a huge amount of money. However, as they continue to solve the puzzles, the simple game turns out to be an elaborate life-threatening trap. How will they survive this deadly game?

Directed by Adam Robitel, Escape Room features actors Taylor Russell as Zoey Davis, Logan Miller as Ben Miller, Deborah Ann Woll as Amanda Harper, Jay Ellis as Jason Walker, Tyler Labine as Mike Nolan, and Nik Dodani as Danny Khan.

Catch Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room starting February 27 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

America Ferrera Inspires as Astrid in "How to Train Your Dragon" Finale, "The Hidden World"

America Ferrera is proud to lend her voice to Astrid, one of the most popular characters in the How To Train Your Dragon film series, one last time.

Ferrera returns on the big screen as the voice of Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the celebrated Dragon franchise. While Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has always relied upon Astrid to help him find his way in the world, the bravest Viking on all of Berk has long prided herself on wild independence. When it comes to Astrid, this evolution from nomadic warrior to fellow leader of the team of Dragon Riders has been a source of pride to her vocal creator.

Taron Egerton as Elton John, Photographed by David LaChapelle for "Rocketman" Poster

Photographer David LaChapelle has photographed Taron Egerton as Elton John for the first official poster for “Rocketman.”

Visionary David LaChapelle has created some of the most iconic imagery in Elton John’s career, and now turns his lens on the “Rocketman” film poster,  with Taron Egerton as Elton John.

This image captures the originality and cinematic scope of “Rocketman” as well as the spirit of the icon that is Elton John.

“Rocketman” hits Philippine cinemas in June, but here is the first behind the scenes look at Taron Egerton recording ‘Tiny Dancer’ for the soundtrack.

Lunchtime Drama Intensifies With Hiram Na Anak

A new soap will be airing in the brunch time slot for GMA with HIRAM NA ANAK bringing together the lovable team up of Starstruck stars Yasmien Kurdi and Dion Ignacio. It has been a while since they had been paired up for a Kapuso drama. The show also brings together an incredible cast that brings excitement to every episode just in time for lunch

"Aquaman" Hits Major Milestone with $800-M at International Box-Office

James Wan’s DC Super Hero adventure continues to ride a huge wave of success andset records at international cinemas around the world

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Aquaman” has hit new heights at the international box office, with tickets pushing the DC Super Hero past the $800 million mark.  The announcement was made February 19 by the head of Warner Bros. Pictures International Distribution, Tom Molter.

The impressive box office run overseas has propelled the film to become the highest grossing DC title ever both globally and internationally, as well as in 36 territories, including the Philippines (at Php 582-million), China, Spain, Brazil and Taiwan.

Now United Pop Group Coming Back To Manila

NOW UNITED – the world’s first ever global pop group comprised of 14 different singers and dancers from 14 different countries – including our very own Bailey May from the Philippines is coming back to MANILA.

Fans are provided with open access to the group’s music and lives in real time, enabling fans around the world to engage with their every move. It is a new music group driven by the diversity and spirit of social media – one as energetic and ever changing as its fans. One where fans and artists are united as never before. The group is currently working with top choreographers WilldaBeast and Kyle Hanagami and recording their upcoming music with Grammy winning record producer and songwriter Red One.

Meet NOW UNITED and see them perform live this Sunday – February 24th, 6PM at the Eastwood Mall Open Park. Presented by Eastwood City and Wilbros Live.

"POKEMON Detective Pikachu" Spot Reveals New Footage

Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed a new TV Spot featuring never-before-seen footage from its upcoming live-action adventure “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.”

Check out the spot below and watch “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” in Philippine cinemas May 09.

Liven up your days with #WhatGetsYouUp

Every day, we’re flooded with endless tasks, whether at work or at school. While it may be easy to be bogged down by the daunting work ahead, the key is to re-focus on the things that get us up and actually make us happy.

Here are three tips to keep you in good spirits and ready for the everyday grind:

Surround yourself with people that uplift you

Keeping the right people by your side can completely change your life. There’s no better motivation than being surrounded by friends and loved ones who inspire you to be the best that you can be and who cheer you on in the process.

"Game of Thrones" Hero Kit Harington Back as Eret in "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

Even though he joined the How to Train Your Dragon series in the second film, Kit Harington has become as much a member of the Dragon family as any other.

Harington’s character, Eret, Son of Eret, one of the bad guys in 2014’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, is proof positive that anyone can change. “Eret has gone from being a nemesis to Hiccup who traps dragons to a man with a good heart trying to protect his men,” says the actor about his character’s evolution. “What we learned with Eret is that, through education, an angry young person’s good essence can be shaped into treating his fellow creatures better. This series has a lot to say about how we treat those creatures in the world around us.”

Women Characters Have Each Others' Backs in "Escape Room"

Teamwork is very important in solving puzzles in escape rooms. In Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Escape Room, the only two women in the group tasked to solve the mysteries defy pop culture stereotypes by working well together instead of competing against each other.

(Watch the trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZhZFiMFH4Yc.)

“I think so many genre films pit women against each other, they get catty and competitive, especially over the boys,” says Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Amanda, an army infantry woman who was wounded in action during an IED explosion and now lives with ongoing trauma.

The young actress, known for her fan-favorite roles in Marvel’s Daredevil and True Blood, says part of the reason she enjoyed making the film is the relationship between the two women in the group. “I love that this was a story about women who are allies, who find strength in one another and are different, distinct people.”

To play a veteran of war, Woll’s research involved visiting forum boards and talking about dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and survivor guilt. “It was a really helpful resource for me,” she says.

Escape Room director Adam Robitel says that the lingering effects of Amanda’s experience is something that all the characters are going through. “From my research, a lot of times PTSD survivors aren’t able to move on from [their traumatic] incidents,” says the director. “They replay it and it affects their lives. For our characters, putting them through the fire literally, they become stronger on the other side.”

The only other female character in the group, Zoey, is played by Taylor Russell. A science student, Zoey is a timid and introspective loner who survived an airplane crash in which her mother was killed. Russell, best known for her work on Netflix’s Lost in Space and the television series Strange Empire and Falling Skies, was excited by the chance to join the project. “Zoey is extremely smart and has a lot of anxiety; she’s trying to navigate alone through this life,” says Russell. “[Director] Adam is a huge horror buff and this is his genre and he really thrives at it. He brought a lot of passion that obviously comes from that love, and that was great to see.”

“It was important that Zoey have a vulnerable quality, but also could turn and rise,” says Robitel. “Taylor Russell just came in and destroyed it. She had everything I wanted — she could portray feeling powerless, but also showed how this character is incredibly smart.”

In Escape Room, six strangers have chosen to be part of the escape room experience and, they will discover, there’s a mystery that links them all together. “They all chose to be there — they haven’t been kidnapped or forced there,” says producer Ori Marmur. That said, they all get more than they bargained for. “They all go there expecting one thing and then it becomes a very different thing entirely.”

About Escape Room

From the producers of the Fast & Furious series comes Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a suspense thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  

In Philippine cinemas February 27, Escape Room is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #EscapeRoomMovie

Emma Stone In The Midst Of A Royal Love Triangle In Award-Winning “THE FAVOURITE”

Reimagining period films for today’s audience, the multi-awarded “The Favourite” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos breaks the tropes in the genre as it introduces the audience into Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) unusual reign, England’s least known ruler who has suffered from health problems throughout her life. By the time she became Queen in 1702, she was already stricken with gout, leading to a largely sedentary lifestyle and subsequent overall decline in her health.

Siargao surfers win Coca-Cola Barkada Award for instilling value of education, environmental protection

The twenty TAYO Awards finalists witness the fruits
of their labor at the 16th awarding ceremony.
Siargao has witnessed a major spike in tourism in recent years because of avid Filipino and foreign surfers flocking to the surfing capital. Because of this, many local children have also developed a passion for the water sport. Seeing this desire among the local youth, a group of dedicated individuals were inspired to put up the Sun Crew, using surfing as a tool to make a positive change in the lives of the island’s locals.   

At the 16th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) Awards, the Sun Crew was recognized as one of the main winners and was honored with the Coke Barkada Award for its innovative programs that have empowered local children and communities to build a brighter future and play a key role in protecting the environment.

Wemar Bonono, Sun Crew manager and co-founder, shared that his inspiration behind establishing the organization was to help the local children, especially because of his own experiences growing up in the island. At 14, Wemar dropped out of school and decided to work as a surfing instructor to provide for his family. 

The top ten accomplished youth organizations and the
esteemed board of judges share the stage at the 16th TAYO awards. 
“Actually, noong bata pa ‘ko hindi ako nag-e-eskwela kasi sobrang hirap ng buhay noon kasi wala pang tourists. Tapos ‘yung mga bata, ayaw ko rin na matulad sa akin. Marami silang nagtatanong kung pwede ba silang sumali at sabi ko ‘You’re welcome to join!’ Hindi kami namimili, basta nag-e-eskwela lang, ‘wag nila kalimutan yung pag-aaral, ‘yun ang importante,” shared Bonono.

To improve the children’s school attendance and to provide them with skills that will alleviate them from poverty, the Sun Crew started the Smart Sustainable Surfers (SSS) program where children earn Surfer Points for attending school and participating in other programs in exchange for surfboard use and surfing lessons. The SSS program resulted in a 100% increase in school attendance, with students attending 4 to 5 times a week.

Aside from motivating students to attend school; one of the main thrusts of Sun Crew is to make the children and the local community the custodians of the island’s environment. To address the increasing waste that is produced with rising tourist arrivals, Sun Crew conducts weekly beach clean-ups with the help of the Smart Surfers, locals, and volunteers; collects and segregates the waste of the barangay; and holds eco-bricking and up-cycling sessions.

Coca-Cola Foundation president, Cecile Alcantara,
awards the special Coke Barkada Award to Sun Crew
co-founder and manager, Wemar Bonono, for the Sun Crew’s
 initiatives on education and environmental protection. 
With its goal of creating a sustainable and waste-free Siargao and uplifting local communities through education, the Sun Crew best embodies the Coca-Cola company values and is aligned with the company’s vision of a World Without Waste. In January 2018, Coca-Cola announced its commitment to collect and recycle one bottle for each that it sells globally by 2030 and the company continues to work towards this goal.

Coca-Cola has been a proud partner of the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. and continues to recognize outstanding youth organizations that are building a better Philippines through innovative programs. 

“Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and TAYO go a long way. Our partnership began in 2005 through the Coke Barkada Award, a special recognition given to the TAYO finalist that shares our passion to improve wellbeing of communities with projects that are aligned with Coca-Cola’s sustainability priorities. We are grateful for this opportunity to stay connected to the youth through the TAYO awards,” shared Coca-Cola Foundation president Cecile Alcantara. 

The other 16th TAYO Awardees were AQILAH (Marawi City), Association of Young Environmental Journalists (Dumaguete City), Center for Sustainability Philippines, Inc. (Puerto Princesa City), Cuartero National High School Taliamba Ensemble, FLMIS YES – O (Iligan City), MIMAROPA Young Leaders (Oriental Mindoro), Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (Lapu-Lapu City), Team BakUNAWA (Iloilo City), and Tuklas Katutubo – Upper Lumabat Chapter.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

How To Train Your Dragon 3 The Hidden World - The Fitting Finale?

After almost a decade, the successful film franchise of How To Train Your Dragon will finally have its conclusion with The Hidden World. Based on the series of book by Cressida Cowell, the franchise has also produced TV and streaming series that complemented the films. Now that everything is coming to place, it is fitting for it close with a epic ending.

Hiccup and Toothless has been the best buds throughout the years and seems inseparable. But they do need to grow up and make a bold move to save the village and the dragons who are still constantly hunted. This time they will face Grimmel who aims to get rid of all dragons.

The movie has progressed from the goal of befriending dragons to save and train them in their town of Berk. Hiccup has also grown drastically with the events of the last film. Though it is still OK if you haven't watched the filler episodes which are mainly for side entertainment and added detail to them.

We also get to see Toothless' love interest the Light Fury. Personally she came in a little late, since it would be a great teaser if she had a spot on the second one. Nevertheless she finally fills the heart of our favorite dragon and made the Night Fury romantically ridiculous. 

#MegaGandaAngBuhay MEGA Sardines’ ‘First Day’ delivers a mega dose of ‘kilig’

MEGA Sardines, the No. 1 sardines brand in the Philippines,
 launches its third short film under its #MegaGandaAngBuhay
 trilogy titled “First Day” starring Jindric Macapagal.
Do you still remember your first day at your very first job?

In the wake of its first two viral videos “Adulting” and “Tipidity,” MEGA Sardines, the Number 1 sardines brand in the Philippines, treads lightly into 2019 with “First Day,” its third short film under its #MegaGandaAngBuhay trilogy.

“First Day” tells the story of Joseph, an idealistic, fresh-out-of-college young man from Cebu (played by Jindric Macapagal) who is caught in an awkward situation on his first day at work in a Makati office.

New Spooky Posters Up for "Us," "Pet Sematary"

Two of the year’s most highly anticipated horror thrillers have launched their brand new posters: Universal Pictures’ Us, the new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, (Get Out); and Paramount Picures’ Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King's terrifying novel. 

Check out the one-sheet artworks below and watch Us in Philippine cinemas March 20, and Pet Sematary on April 03.

Us and Pet Sematary are distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtags #UsMovie and #PetSematary.   

A World Without Beatles Songs in "Yesterday" Trailer

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles.  Today, only Jack remembers their songs. And he’s about to become a very big deal. Watch the brand new trailer for Universal Pictures’ new comedy Yesterday from the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire.

From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

X-Men's Nicholas Hoult In The Midst Of Royal Rumble In “THE FAVOURITE”

Nicholas Hoult dons outlandish outfits and puts on heavy wig in this year’s frontrunner Oscar contender and entertaining royal rumble movie “The Favourite” as Robert Harvey, chief minister to Queen Anne played by Best Actress nominee, Olivia Colman.  

Apart from the top nominations at the Oscars this year, “The Favourite” has so far opened to phenomenal box-office success overseas and will soon open in PH on February 20 (exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas).  Directed by Academy award-nominee Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” is also nominated for Best Picture – a story that traces a time in history when then Queen Anne’s reign was perhaps unfairly dismissed.  Such time was when Britain was at war, while in the Queen’s court the absurdities of palace life run rife. Gout-ridden and beset by grief over the loss of no fewer than 17 children, Anne relies on her only confidant, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who keeps the Privy Purse and offers much more than guidance in the matters of state. Her relationship with the Queen is as intimate as it comes, but when she introduces her downtrodden cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), to court, she soon discovers a rival for Anne’s affections, and so begins a struggle for power and love that might threaten the monarchy itself.

Catch Two Weeks of Mega Deals and Mega Savings at Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day

From February 15 to March 3, enjoy up to 90% off from top brands across all categories including Maybelline, Vivo, Robinsons Appliances, and more

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan officially kicks off Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day, with over two weeks of unmissable promotions. From February 15 to March 3, users can enjoy free shipping for purchases as low as ₱99, flash sales as low as ₱33, and Shopee vouchers worth ₱3 million. A mega lineup of top local and international brands, including Maybelline, Vivo, Reckitt Benckiser, Betadine, and Robinsons Appliances will also join Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Day to offer exclusive deals at up to 90% off.

Beware "The Curse of La Llorona" in Horror Film's New Trailer

An evil that has no bounds.  Check out the brand new official trailer of New Line Cinema’s “The Curse of La Llorona” and watch the film in Philippine cinemas on May 1st.

"SHAZAM!," "Godzilla" Sequel, "IT: Chapter Two" Lead Warner Bros.' 2019 Lineup

Warner Bros. Philippines has just announced its genre-diverse movie lineup for 2019.  The studio started the year with the release of the crowd-pleasing “The LEGO Movie 2,” and goes into full gear with “SHAZAM!,” “POKEMON Detective Pikachu,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “IT: Chapter Two,” “Joker,” “Doctor Sleep” and many more throughout the year.

Learn more about Warner’s 2019 offerings below.

“SHAZAM!” We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou).  Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.  But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Opens April 4.

Jay Baruchel Lends Voice to Hiccup One Last Time in "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in the beloved How to Train Your Dragon series, is feeling nostalgic.

“I’ve played this character through hundreds of hours and over 10 years,” says Baruchel about voicing the young Viking Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy and TV series. “Most people work their whole lives and are never lucky enough to be part of something that’s half as impactful as any of these movies — let alone all of them. It’s a pretty special thing.”

"Insidious: The Last Key" Directir Elevates Horror Genre in "Escape Room"

Adam Robitel, the director of Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Escape Room, sure knows a thing or two about creating horror hits for the big screen. After all, Robitel directed the record-breaking Insidious: The Last Key, which has grossed a whopping $167 million worldwide.

(Watch the trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZhZFiMFH4Yc.)

Escape Room began when producer Ori Marmur first tried out an escape room with his family and saw a potential for a film that plays out as much as a psychological thriller as a horror movie, by featuring an escape room with a twist. From the producers of the Fast & Furious series, Escape Room is about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues… or die.

Memories lead to regrets in the film "Alone/Together"

The regrets of the past will haunt the present in the film that stars Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, under the direction of Antoinette Jadaone, screening worldwide via TFC at the Movies

People do not always make the right decisions in their lives, and often this leads to life’s “what ifs” or simply called regret.

In one of Eric Jackson’s articles published in Forbes online, he has written about “The 25 Biggest Regrets in Life. What are Yours?” and fifth on his list is “breaking up with my true love/getting dumped by them”. Jackson said that “romance is a big area of regret for most of us…It is tough to simply be happy with the love that you've found and takes away from the special moments you have today, if you're constantly thinking back to what you once had.”

Relive the best of the historic event, ONE: HERO'S ASCENT!

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It was another memorable ONE Championship event held on 25th January 2019 with Filipino Superstar Geje "GRAVITY" Eustaquio versus Brazilian Adriano "MIKINHO" Moraes competing in the first-ever trilogy in ONE history in the main event for ONE: HERO’S ASCENT!

The rivals went the full distance in an epic battle that saw Moraes reclaiming the ONE FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP belt from Eustaquio via a unanimous decision to silence the hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Captain Marvel Streams Live From Singapore At The Block

February 14 was not only for Valentine's but also a day for Marvel fans who are excited as the cast and directors of the upcoming film Captain Marvel comes to Singapore! The celebration was also felt in Manila with a special exhibit at the Block SM north EDSA.

Bringing the vibe of the film, SM Cinema built stations at the activity center which lets the public experience the movie in different ways like a photo station, games, merchandise, and one for GMovies.

Meet the Light Fury in "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

When director-writer Dean DeBlois considered the engine of change for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, he began to wonder what coming-of-age would look like for the Night Fury aka Toothless…as the dragon grows to yearn for a life beyond humans.

New "Pet Sematary" Trailer Reveals Story's Dark Themes

They don't come back the same. Watch the second trailer for Paramount Picures’ Pet Sematary, based on Stephen King's terrifying novel. The film stars Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and John Lithgow (Netflix’s The Crown).

Check out the trailer below and watch Pet Sematary in Philippine cinemas soon.

Pet Sematary is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #PetSematary.   

Liam Neeson On A Vengance Spree Against Influential Drug Cartel In “COLD PURSUIT”

Vengeance knows no boundaries, Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller “Cold Pursuit” bleeds the drug cartel dry as the man known with a unique set of skills takes on the role of Nels Coxman, a snowplough driver whose only son was murdered by a powerful drug cartel in their town.

This twisted revenge story swirls around Neeson’s Nels Coxman, a snowplough driver in the Colorado ski resort of Kehoe. Just named Citizen of the Year for his services in keeping the roads open to the remote town, Coxman’s life swiftly spirals into amateur retribution and an escalating pile of corpses when his son (played by Micheál Richardson) is mistakenly killed by local gangsters over a stash of missing drugs. All he knows about killing people is what he read in a crime novel, but Coxman sets off with a sawn-off hunting rifle, and unwittingly begins a chain of events that will include a snowbound turf war, kidnapping, two rival crime lords and a host of hoodlums with colourful nicknames like Maverick, Mustang, and Smoke.

First Trailer of "The Sun Is Also a Star" Hints at Love Against All Odds

Love is a universe all of its own.  Don’t miss Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton in the Official Trailer of the new romantic drama “The Sun Is Also a Star,” which has just been launched by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Check out the trailer below and watch “The Sun Is Also a Star” in Philippine cinemas May 16.

“The Sun Is Also a Star” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  Use the hashtag #The SunIsAlsoAStar

Real Estate Startup Hoppler Celebrates Growth of Partner Broker Network

Online real estate startup Hoppler is expanding to new cities this year, and for CEO Ramon Ballesca, Jr., it’s the clearest course to take after a successful 2018. According to Ballesca, the growth that they experienced in the previous year reflects the hard work and dedication put into strengthening its brand presence.

The growth has translated into new milestones for the company, and the driving force behind its year of milestones is its network of Partner Brokers of more than 600 active members. In 2018, more than 900 real estate brokers and more than 1,500 property owners had listed their properties online. Hoppler also closed at least 1 deal with more than 150 individual brokers/agencies, totaling more than 200 high-end property sales and leases from the secondary market. 

Plan your Movie Date with SM Cinema exclusives from Crystalsky Multimedia

Prepare for a great day or night out as Crystalsky Multimedia brings three new SM Cinema exclusive movies just in time for your movie date this love month!

Witness all of life’s great ups and downs in romantic drama film, New Life. Benjamin (Jonathan Patrick Moore) and Ava (Erin Bethea) have known each other since they were young, with their innocent childhood friendship blossoming and their love growing and strengthening throughout the years. However, they soon learn that life does not always go the way you want it to as their entire future is thrown into uncertainty when their life takes a sudden turn.

"The Hidden World" Concludes "How To Train Your Dragon" Trilogy

As the trilogy based on the world she created comes to an end, no one has deeper feelings about saying goodbye to this chapter of Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World than their creator, author Cressida Cowell.

“It sounds very unlikely, but it’s based on my own childhood,” reflects Cowell, “and the Isle of Berk is a real place where I grew up as a child. Stoick the Vast is based on my relationship with my father. Of course, the ending, ‘There were dragons when I was a boy,’ are the opening words of the books that I wrote 20 years ago when I just had a child. I tell the story from the point of view of the boy growing up, looking back to my own childhood, and Hiccup is a father to Toothless. The themes are so enmeshed with my own life that it’s incredibly bittersweet.”

Tiffany Haddish Holds Court as Queen Watevra in "The LEGO Movie 2"

This tight-knit group of friends who went through so much and prevailed in the first “LEGO Movie” thought they could handle anything together.  But that was before they met Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, Empress of the Systar System, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy adventure “The LEGO Movie 2.”  

Queen Watevra is the mercurial ruler of a far-off galaxy of planets that are distinctly different from one another and are all pretty weird.  It’s the Queen’s proclamation that her subjects far and wide can be whatever they want to be, a philosophy for which she absolutely leads by example.