Saturday, September 29, 2012


life of pi
Experience wonder and discover an unprecedented 3D experience in “LIFE OF PI” from Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee based on the acclaimed bestselling book by Yann Martel starring first-time actor Suraj Sharma.
Ang Lee returns home to Taiwan to make the exciting and altogether magical adventure “Life of Pi.” Suraj Sharma is Pi, the titular character, a boy who is lost at sea with a very hungry Bengal tiger, following the death of his family in a shipwreck. The boy and the animal have to survive a perilous voyage across the Pacific.
The film centers on Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) named in honor of a swimming pool in France. He is raised in Pondicherry India with his family who run a zoo. An inquisitive and unusually philosophical boy, he learns about animal behavior at the zoo, explores different cultures and traditions and falls for a beautiful girl. “Certain things happen politically and economically which force Pi’s parents to move to Canada and the family take their zoo with them on a ship. The ship sinks one stormy night and Pi’s whole family drowns,” said Suraj Sharma.
Ang Lee infuses Pi’s solitary voyage with emotion, humor and excitement in an all-new 3D experience. “I fell in love with the book when it came out but I did not think about it as a movie,” says the Oscar winning director of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Crouching Tiger,” “Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain.” He admits that he was initially reluctant to take on the project. “Later though I thought I wanted the audience to see this fantastic book made into a movie. I felt I needed to share Pi’s amazing voyage. So here I am. I have come all the way to Taiwan on a seemingly impossible mission which is now being realized. It’s a great adventure so far.”
To enhance the cinematic experience, the decision was made to shoot in 3d, “the scope of the story is grand, because of that I thought I needed another dimension. 3D really puts you there with Pi, demanding your attention. You feel like you’re with him. It’s a more intense experience. It’s more dense It’s closer, more intimidating,” shares Lee.
“Life of Pi” unfolds in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on November 28 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out the movie’s awesome and inspiring trailer at 20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

THE WOLVERINE First-Look Photo

THE WOLVERINE First-Look Photo

July 25, 2013 in Phils.

THE WOLVERINE firstlookphoto

20th Century Fox has finally released the hi-definition first look photo of “THE WOLVERINE” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold.

The movie is based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”

THE WOLVERINE on JULY 25, 2013 across Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, September 20, 2012




Reynolds as Guy THECROODS

“The Croods” is a prehistoric 3D comedy adventure from DreamWorks Animation to be distributed by 20th Century Fox that takes us back to the beginning of time. In a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious – we find the Crood family when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today hasn’t evolved yet is where the story all began.

RyanReynolds as Guy in THE CROODS

At the center of this world is the Crood family, led by Grug (voiced by Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage), an over-protective father who, like all dads, is doing all he can to hold his family together at a time when cataclysmic changes are happening. Together with his wife (Catherine Keener), kids (Emma Stone and Clark Duke) and ornery mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman) in tow, Grug guides his family through this spectacular environment, full of amazing creatures, to find a new cave to call home. Along the way, they encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an imaginative and resourceful newcomer who takes risks and wholeheartedly embraces the promise of tomorrow.

Inspired to tell a story of how a family survives during tough times, directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders set the story in a prehistoric frame when they don’t have to worry about bills, but is concerned on how they would adapt to the world changing before their very eyes. “This is the world’s first family road trip,” says De Micco while Sanders shares that “Our cavemen are very gifted, they can run 40 miles an hour, can throw a rock many many miles and very physically capable, but mentally we have a lot of beginner minds.”


Take a look at the world’s first family – The Croods family photo: (from left to right)

Thunk (Clark Duke): The middle-sibling who stands 6-foot and weighs 9, 320 pounds, and 9 years old who has the best heart and the worst coordination.

Gran (Cloris Leachman): The ferocious, almost crocodile-type woman and is the main antagonist for Grug’s pater families.

Sandy the baby: Who doesn’t speak but more of growls and is one tough kiddie survivor.

Ugga (Catherine Keener): The open-minded wife of Grug who like moms around the globe tries to keep her family alive and fed all the time.

Eep (Emma Stone): The adventurous daughter of Grug and Ugga who likes to try new things.

Grug (Nicolas Cage): He is the animated caveman version of well-meaning but hopelessly outdated dad and leader of the clan.

Guy (Ryan Reynolds, in a separate photo with his sloth-like pet): A prehistoric revolutionary guy who prefers using his brain and comes up with new ideas with whom Eep falls in love.

“The Croods” will open in cinemas March 30, 2013.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Korean specialties for the Pinoy palate


Korean specialties for the Pinoy palate



A successful Press conference and opening last Sept. 17 and was being held at 2nd Flr University Mall Taft Manila . Ms. Grace Lee is the endorser together with Chef Choi in Sun who both are Korean Ex-pat.

Chef Choi holding Chef's Noodle's Signature Dish

Delicious, fast, and affordable, hot Korean franchise Chef’s Noodle is now ready to start serving its signature dishes toPinoy foodies.

From Kpop to kimchi, anything Korean is definitely hot right now. This is why it’s not surprising that a lot of Korean restaurants have started to grow all over the country. While it usually caters to Korean expats who’ve already made the Philippines their home, Pinoy foodies who have already developed a taste for Korean dishes have also been frequenting such places to get their fix of  kimchi, bibimbap, and so many mouthwatering Korean specialties.

Chef’s Noodle Philippines

With that in mind, Simisim Group of Companies is proud to present Chef’s Noodle, a popular fast-casual Korean restaurant, which is set to make waves in the Philippines.

Having acquired the master franchise of Chef’s Noodle, the company already has big plans for the hip, new dining outlet, already partnering with popular Korean expats, like model/TV personality/DJ Grace Lee and Korean celebrity Chef Choi In Sun to be its local endorsers.

For its grand launch, held at University Mall along Taft Avenue (Chef’s Noodle’s first branch in the country), both Chef Choi In Sun and Grace Lee were present to show their support for the brand and of course, promote all the delicious Korean fare that they have to offer.

With a great range of Korean specialties that ranges from the traditional menu items that are unique to the restaurant, Chef’s Noodle definitely has something delicious for everyone.

Delicious, hearty, Korean specialties

___Chef's Noodle ___Rice Meals __Bibimbap __Kimbap __Mains and Pancakes __Noodles __Side Dishes

From the restaurant’s signature dish, aptly named, “Chef’s Noodle” (freshly-made Korean noodles with beef, anchovy broth topped with leeks, bean sprouts, fried tofu, spring onion, red pepper, egg roll, and bulgogi) , the restaurant is also proud to serve hearty portions of appetizers, rice and noodle dishes. Take a look at some of the yummy treats that Chef’s Noodle has in store, bibimbap (traditional Korean steamed rice with seasoned vegetables, beef, and egg), bulgogi leek jun (deep fried bacon sliced beef with leeks mixed eggs and seasoned vegetables),bibim noodle (Korean spicy cold noodle mixed with sweet and sour blend sauce topped with egg roll, bean sprouts, andbulgogi), bulgogi leek kimbap (seaweed rice rolls with beef and leeks), curry dupbap (or curry donburi warm rice topped with beef curry and seasoned vegetables),  jjampong (spicy Korean seafood ramen), and so much more.

It’s also interesting to note that Chef Choi In Sun had a hand in developing some of Chef’s Noodle’s mouthwatering specialties, something that should make your visit to the restaurant even more exciting.

Expansion in the Philippines

Given its timely entry in the Philippine market, Chef’s Noodle Philippines has also considered venturing in offering franchising opportunities for Filipinos. Relying on the brand’s good reputation and a strong and efficient support system from Chef’s Noodle Korea, the local management behind the franchise is very confident that they’ll be a great partner to their local franchisees.

Chef’s Noodle Philippines is very excited about its plans of expanding nationwide, provided that it offers a good business model, especially for startup businesses, interested parties who want to share the best of Korean fast-casual dining to the rest of the country wouldn’t have a hard time setting up their very own Chef’s Noodle franchise in their hometown.

Through rapid expansion especially through major malls and other commercial establishments, Chef’s Noodle will become more accessible to anyone who has an appetite for delicious, hearty, and reasonably-priced Korean dishes. Doesn’t matter whether you’re into Kpop or not, savor and enjoy the taste of what the hype on Korean food is all about by visiting Chef’s Noodle’s first-ever branch in the Philippines.

Chef's Noodle is located at the 2/F University Mall, Taft Avenue. For more details and updates on upcoming branches visit and like their page




liamneeson in TAKEN2

Olivier Megaton who helms Liam Neeson’s sequel starrer “Taken 2” panned Istanbul with a fast-moving crew that’s rarely done on this sort of scale of a movie. The director has stripped the crew to its bare essentials and took them into the streets of Istanbul.

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter in “Taken.” When he is targeted by a mysterious figure seeking vengeance, Bryan must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family against an army out to kill them.

“Taken 2” picks up two years after the events of “Taken.” Bryan’s relationship with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) has grown stronger, and he hopes to reunite with ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen). “Even before he encounters the new threat to his family, Bryan is on a mission to get closer to Kim and Lenore,” says director Olivier Megaton.

 TAKEN2_liam neeson

“I never thought I'd be here for a sequel,” Neeson says, casting an eye over the setting sun as the ferry crosses the border between Europe and Asia. Bolstered by its impressive action and wry humor, the first “Taken” film, directed by Pierre Morel and written and produced by Luc Besson, was an instant success with audiences all over the globe. And in Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson created an action hero for the 21st Century, to rival some of the greatest gun-handlers in cinema history, from John McClane to Jason Bourne.

“I don't know the statistics for parenthood, but let's say 8 out of 10 people are parents,” says Neeson. “You'll do anything for your kids, especially if they're in trouble. I think people just connected with that, on a real, visceral gut level, and it resonates with men and women. It wasn't just guys of a certain age; it was ladies, too. And yes, I would do the exact same thing for my kids.”

Much of the action in “Taken 2” unfolds in Istanbul, a locale rarely seen on screen. Megaton spent much of his prep time scouting locations and walking around the city for hours at a time. When principal photography commenced, he knew Istanbul's streets and passageways better than some of the local crew. Moving the shoot to Istanbul was crucial to ensuring a distinct personality to the film. It's also a location not especially well represented in modern cinema, an opportunity for the film to try something new.

Neeson says shooting in Istanbul was like nothing he has experienced. “Istanbul is where east meets west – a beautiful city full of wonderful people,” notes the actor, who has filmed on locations around the globe but remains most impressed with Istanbul’s singular sights and sounds.

“Taken 2” on screens nationwide on October 4 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, September 16, 2012



Zoe Kazan’s spark is aglow all over as her debut lead role and screenplay “Ruby Sparks” continuously merit positive and rave reviews since it recently opened in the U.S. More than ripe and timely for reaping movie audience internationally looking for a new kind of high in romantic movies, “Ruby Sparks” will soon open in Phil. cinemas on September 19.


In the enchanting, reflective and very funny “Ruby Sparks,” Paul Dano plays Calvin, a brilliant young writer who dazzled the literary world a decade ago when he was a young student. His first novel was greeted with accolades and awards. But since penning that book, he has failed to live up to expectations and that early promise. He hasn’t written anything for a decade. Life changes one sunny California day when Calvin wills the perfect woman into his life by the sheer power of his imagination. Ruby (Zoe Kazan) leaps off the page and into the kitchen of his house, filling it with her warm and joyful personality. But Calvin will have to decide soon what awaits Ruby at the end of his story.


It began with an idea that struck Zoe Kazan nearly as suddenly as Calvin comes up with Ruby Sparks. Kazan – renowned as a promising playwright and a rising actress with roles in “Revolutionary Road,” “It’s Complicated” and the indie Western “Meek’s Cutoff” – was coming home late one night from the set of a film when she was shocked to see a mannequin lying in heap of trash. The sight set off a creative chain reaction as Kazan, a Greek mythology buff, was reminded of the ancient myth of Galatea, in which Pygmalion falls in love with the statue he has crafted with his own hands. That uncanny moment, when the inanimate seemed to come alive, started her thinking about how fantasy, autonomy and identity collide and collude in contemporary relationships.

Zoe Kazan might have created all the tricky layers of Ruby Sparks on the page but doing the same thing as an actress was a completely different challenge. “As Ruby, Zoe had to become the heart of the movie,” notes producer Ron Yerxa, “Zoe plays her as a free-spirited, autonomous young woman. Ruby had a punk past and she’s now an artist. She’s sexy and attractive, but she very much has her own mind.”

For Kazan, it was exciting to explore a character who naturally mirrors some of her own creative outlook but who is in other ways decidedly unlike herself. “I gave Ruby some qualities that I probably possess, but she’s also very different,” Kazan explains. “I like to be taken care of and Ruby’s much more independent. She likes to speak her mind. She’s very brave that way. It was always important to me that she not seem at all like a dream girl, but very real, so the challenge was in figuring out how to do that.”


As Kazan wrote, she began sharing her work with her boyfriend, the actor Paul Dano, and though she had not set out to write something for the two of them, they couldn’t help but envision one another in the lead roles. “I think I was always subconsciously writing Calvin for Paul,” she muses. “But the weirdest thing is that I was writing a character who is writing my character! There was something very meta going on.”

She explains: “I was interested in the theme of control in relationships and the way we bring in ideas of who the person we love should be. How do you love the person you’re with completely without saying ‘I don’t want this part or that part?’ How do you make room in a relationship for two separate people? I’ve been in relationships before where I felt like the person was not seeing me, but something close to me, something just a little off center from me. That is what happens with Calvin and Ruby.”

Find out what happens to “Ruby Sparks” when it opens in theaters on September 19 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.





Dream Works Pictures and 20th Century Fox reveal the long-awaited trailer of “Lincoln.”From pioneering blockbuster maker and one of the world’s most influential filmmakers, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg directs Academy Award-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in the sweeping drama “Lincoln.”


Steven Spielberg’s biographical epic “Lincoln” puts Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role as the most beloved 16th president of the United States. The movie unveils Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office following his triumph in leading his country during the Civil War and leaving his greatest legacy on ending slavery.


Renowned for his Gettysburg Address “Four scores and seven years ago…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from earth” Lincoln, coming from a poor family is a self-educated man who became a politician and was able to unite the country with his steadfast moral compass and passion to succeed changed the fate of his country’s next generations.


Spielberg assembled a stellar cast which also includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Dark Knight Rises”), David Strathairn (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), James Spader (“Stargate”) and Lee Pace (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”).

“ Lincoln” will open in local (Phils.) cinemas on February 20, 2013 - from Dream Works Pictures and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Monday, September 10, 2012




parental guide

Old school meets new school parenting when comedy legends Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play Artie and Diane Decker, who are called in by their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) to help care for their three grandkids. When their parenting methods collide, the once-orderly household gets out of control.

From family filmmaker Andy Fickman (best known for “The Game Plan,” “You Again,” She’s the Man” and “Race To Witch Mountain”), “Parental Guidance” spins into a heartwarming chaos when Alice calls on her parents to help watch her kids when she needs to leave town for work. When left with their grandkids, Artie and Diane employ unexpected tactics which means using some new parenting style to help teach their grandkids how to act and behave like kids.

Written by Billy Crystal, the movie is inspired from his own experience when their granddaughters stayed with them for five days when their kids went away. “And on the sixth day, I rested. I came to the office and I said, ‘Okay, here’s the movie: it’s old school/new school. It’s trying to follow all the rules that my kids had about how to take care of the girls. And it could really be a movie for everybody; a family movie that could be really funny, which it is, and very touching, and have lessons learned. It took a long time to get this made, but here we are,” Crystal shares.

Crystal, one of the most celebrated and acclaimed personalities on and off screen when asked about his parenting style says that “The key to being a good grandparent is being a good parent first. It’s not necessarily right, just because the way things are done now, but you do have to respect the fact that they’re not your kids. So I think that’s a really important thing, is the time that you have with them has to be special. And it has to also be non-threatening and understood that you’re an extension of the parents. And then when nobody’s looking you spoil them.”

“Parental Guidance” opens January 16 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Official Statement of Tutuban Properties Inc. on The Cluster Building Incidence


Official Statement of Tutuban Properties Inc.  on The Cluster Building Incidence


Collective efforts of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and volunteer firefighters have not ceased since the fire broke out early yesterday morning at Cluster Building. At 10 am today, BFP officials have declared the fire control.

So effective 10am today, Centermall 1 and 2 and Prime Block buildings have resumed normal or "business as usual" operations, including the Robinsons department store and supermarket. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the resumption of operations will in no way hamper fire control efforts.

We believe that the current situation is but a minor setback in the redevelopment of Tutuban Center. Management affirms its commitment to move towards a new and revitalized Cluster Building.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bo’s Coffee Holds Poetry and Music Night at its Eastwood Branch


Bo’s Coffee Holds Poetry and Music Night at its Eastwood Branch


Aside from over 16 years of serving Just Roasted Coffee Freshness, Bo’s Coffee takes the coffee experience to another level. Situated at the peripheries of the usual hustle and bustle of the Libis crowd, the coffee shop’s Eastwood branch paves an avenue for Literary Creatives to express their thoughts and let their creative juices flow through a Poetry and Music Night.

Poetry Sessions happen at Bo's Coffee Eastwood every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

The said event is held every second and fourth Friday of the month, starting at 7 pm, and by the looks of its initial runs, there has been a rising number of regulars and fans that huddle up to share their creative prowess and whims throughout a comfortable audience. As Bo’s Coffee Franchisee, Joe Garcia mentioned, he wants Bo’s Coffee Eastwood to be remembered as a hidden gem for comfort-seekers. Bo’s Coffee Eastwood is the branch where most Libis workers can just relax, unwind, and even bond with their friends.

Blogger, Mervin Reyes recites his personal poem     Bo's Coffee Eastwood Franchisee, Joe Garcia recites a poem from Taylor Mali

They can read a good book, write their thoughts out, or just take a comforting sip of their favorite beverage without having to mind about their worries for the day, even just for a few moments. This vision about Bo’s Coffee Eastwood is just what the homegrown coffee shop experience aims for.


Bo’s Coffee is aimed to create an atmosphere where people can come and nurture relationships, make new ones, or simply flourish by themselves. With the finest homegrown coffee and the most delectable choices of cakes and pastries, which are served by warm and friendly baristas. Bo’s Coffee’s 58 existing stores started with a dream: the owner, Mr. Steve Benitez, thought of having a premier specialty coffee bar in the Philippines that roasts high-quality Philippine origin coffee beans. His dream became reality from humble beginnings of having a six-table kiosk situated in Ayala Center, Cebu. As the name of Bo’s Coffee became established in the Philippines, the quality of beverages and foods have been maintained at the highest standards, while it delivers excellent branded customer service in a friendly and cozy ambiance.

A home grown gem – this is perhaps one of the most apt descriptions for Bo’s Coffee Eastwood. With the location of the store in Libis, visitors and patrons alike can surely enjoy the well-loved and classic Froccino, Hot and Iced Espresso coffee selections with a variety of filling sandwiches, All-Day Breakfast Sets, and sumptuous cakes. Indeed, Bo’s Coffee continuously grows to bring world-class coffee experience to the country.