Monday, December 29, 2014



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The wait is almost over, as “Love, Rosie” opens up in cinemas this January 8 in local (Phils.) cinemas where two of today’s most loved young actors Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star as Rosie and Alex who have been best friends since they were five. When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. But one awkward turn at 18, one missed opportunity...and life sends them hurling in different directions. Could they be the one true love for each other after all?

lily collins and sam claflin in LOVE, ROSIE

Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel “Where Rainbows End”, LOVE, ROSIE is a sassy, heart-warming, and utterly modern comedy-of-errors tale posing the ultimate question: Do we really only get one shot at true love? “How do you adapt a book that’s all texts and emails,” says producer Simon Brooks of one of the project’s biggest challenges – the novel’s epistolary structure, composed around the emails, letters and text messages which Alex and Rosie exchange. “How do you make that into a movie?”

In director Christian Ditter’s new film Love, Rosie, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star as Rosie and Alex, childhood friends seemingly destined to be together, yet a couple which fate itself seems determined to keep apart. The film paints a rich and textured canvas of a complicated yet lifelong bond between Rosie and Alex, beginning in their childhood, spanning a trans-Atlantic separation, and enduring ups and downs of romantic liaisons with everyone but each other resulting in some bittersweet consequences.

To adapt Ahern’s novel to the screen, Kulzer and Brooks turned to the British screenwriter Juliette Towhidi, whose credits include the 2003 award-winning hit comedy, Calendar Girls, with Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

“She was like a detective,” also says producer RobertKulzer of Towhidi’s process of adapting Ahern’s unconventional novel. “She was extracting plot and story points, creating her own world around these episodes that Cecilia had created in her novel.”

“It was clear to everyone that how Cecilia had written ‘Where Rainbows End’ wouldn’t translate verbatim to the screen,” explains Towhidi, who also reset the story in England. “What the filmmakers wanted me to do was to keep the spirit of what Cecilia had written.” “Cecelia has a delightful love of her characters which makes it easy to bring them to life, and I wanted Rosie and Alex’s relationship to be real,” Towhidi continues.

“Indeed, I loved writing for all the characters, even the minor ones. You want to give them all killer lines so that every appearance on screen counts, no matter how small the role.” “I think what Juliette did with the book is fantastic,” says Ahern, who phoned the filmmakers directly to congratulate them once she’d read the final draft of  Towhidi’s screenplay. “She brought out the humor – it was both funny and edgy – and it also had a lot of heart,” says Ahern. “What was important to me was that the essence of the novel was brought out in the film and I was really proud of the script Juliette had delivered.”

From Pioneer Films, “Love, Rosie” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide.





In “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” Ben Stiller returns as security guard Larry Daley, together with a highly impressive group of comic actors. Owen Wilson is back as the irrepressible miniature cowboy Jedediah, along with his equally small buddy, the Roman general, Octavius, (Steve Coogan). Both are embroiled in the latest adventure, directed by Shawn Levy. As always, the legendary artifacts at New York’s Museum of Natural History come to life, but this time, problems arise when they start malfunctioning. The magic that keeps them alive is waning and Larry’s friends are in danger. Saving them involves an urgent trip to the British Museum in London.

While the first two films were set in the U.S., the new adventure takes the team to the United Kingdom. Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, reprise their roles as the duo of American cowboy Jedediah and Roman Centurion Octavius, both miniatures from historic dioramas. They’re the smallest characters with the biggest friendship. Wilson says, “There has been an arc to our relationship. We started off sort of as adversaries, and now it’s evolved into more of a team. We’re practically a buddy comedy within a funny family movie.”

The friendship is all the more unexpected because the characters come from very different cultural backgrounds and eras. “There’s a brashness to Jedediah,” says Wilson, “that sort of runs up against and chafes the gentility of what Octavius represents.” The picture of civility, Octavius is a military leader from ancient Rome. He and Jedediah face their greatest peril yet when they fly through a museum air duct and find themselves in a Pompeii diorama where Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt.

On being funny, Wilson relates that “My dad had a great sense of humor and on both sides of my family, humor was the way that the family related to each other. My mom had a good sense of humor, but my dad was hilarious. My dad was the head of the public television station in Dallas and that was the first station to carry MONTY PYTHON. He really loved MONTY PYTHON. So I think that being around him and his friends growing up was very helpful for me. And though I didn't have a background as a stand up comedian and as a child I didn't ever think about becoming a comedian. In school I wasn't really a class clown, but I would get into trouble and sometimes give colorful answers to what I perceived to be banal questions from teachers, and that would make the other kids laugh and sometimes I’d get the teachers laughing a little bit. So maybe there’s a little bit of that in my background.”

Returning to “Night at the Museum,” Wilson believes that like the movie, there is an underlying magical charm in the movie, “Apart from its great adventure, what's also nice is that it’s led to an upswing in kids' interest in museums - and the Natural History Museum. So that's a great thing that's happened and I think that is really because of Ben and Shawn and the way Shawn's able to mix the laughs with something that can be very touching. He just seems to have that touch.”

One of the most gifted and versatile actors of his generation, Owen Wilson has starred in a slew of hit films. His early credits include “The Cable Guy,” “Armageddon” and “Permanent Midnight.” He further starred “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “Zoolander,” “Marley & ME,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Meet The Parents,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “The Internship,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” (for which Wilson and Anderson received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination), “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and most recently, the highly praised film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Here’s the trailer link :


“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Friday, December 26, 2014




20th Century Fox, Avant-Garde studio behind breakthrough concepts in filmmaking such as the immersive 3D technology in “Avatar,” the better-than-ever sequels of franchise films such as “Ice Age” and superheroes such as “X-Men” films, non-stop heart-pounding action flicks and phenomenal book-to-film adaptations of “The Fault In Our Stars,” “Life of Pi” and “Maze Runner” welcomes 2015 with unforgettable and highly-entertaining movies poised to set new box-office records.


Ben Stiller and the his magical friends and new ones are back in the third and final instalment of “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” The adventure begins when Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the iconic historical heroes, seems to be out of control – fighting, brandishing guns and causing chaos at the Museum of Natural History, where Larry runs the extraordinary ‘Night Program’ and must find a way to keep the magic alive.

liam neeson TAKEN 3

“Taken 3” will prove that Brian Mills is up to the task and better than anyone there will ever be in protecting his family with his particular set of skills as ex-covert agent in this third instalment of the hugely successful action franchise. In the movie, the game has changed and the stakes at its highest, Mills is a fugitive on the run, after being framed for a murder and is hell-bent to uncover the group behind the killing.

Michael Keaton as “Riggan” in BIRDMAN. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima. Copyright © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox.

Michael Keaton puts on his winning cape in the highly-acclaimed “Birdman” (or “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”)along with an ensemble of an impressive cast including Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone. Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a washed up actor who refused an offer to play the fourth time to reprise his role in the highly successful “Birdman” movies. Instead, he tries to reinvent himself by writing and directing a stage play that would push him further as an actor.


Academy-Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in “Wild,” an adaptation of the biographical book (of the same title) by Cheryl Strayed that reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book likewise was the first featured reading material in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 where Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who decided to take on a journey to self-discovery by trekking a 1,100 mile lone hike to put her life back together again.


Taking the audience into the depths of thrills in the espionage game, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduces a team of newly-trained spy recruits who battle a twisted genius, based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Taron Egerton.

While in “Spy,” the world’s most covert of spies have been injured and exposed where the only remaining choice to save the world is an unassuming unsung desk analyst within the undercover organization directed by Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney and Rose Byrne.

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A supernatural team in “B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations)” comes to the rescue dedicated to protect humans from evil hauntings, the agents of B.O.O. have a secret weapon: they are ghosts themselves! When newbie agents Jackson Moss and his odd-ball partner Watts uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O. by the agency's Most Wanted Haunter, they must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate.

Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tm Wilkinson work hard to play hard in “Unfinished Business,” – where the three travel to Europe for the deal of their lives and keep on getting tangled in a series of unfortunate hilarious events that will make or break their budding business venture.


2012’s box-office surprise hit “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s” sequel “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is about to charm the second time around where Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel reprise their roles. Joining the sequel is Richard Gere where we see the famed hotel is now expanding into a chain.


Four-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rianna and Jennifer Lopez lend vocal star power in DreamWorks Animation’s delightful family film “Home.” Parsons star as the voice of a purple alien called Oh and meets Tip (Rianna) on his attempt to hide from the rest of his species. Lopez stars as Tip’s mother, Lucy. Both on the run, Oh and Tip embark on a thrilling road trip to save the earth.


Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, “The Longest Ride” tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life with his deceased wife as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. In his first major leading role, Scott Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga.


Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same title, “Far From the Madding Crowd” stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene – an independent, beautiful and single-minded woman who attracts three distinct suitors. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explore the nature of relationships and love in the midst of hardships.

The most horrifying horror movie of the 80’s is back for another haunting in the reimagining and contemporizing of“Poltergeist” in 3D. Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan team up to bring the horror classic about a family whose home is invaded by very angry evil spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

“The Fantastic Four” reboot is the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team. The movie is about four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

At the heels of the highly successful adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars,” Green’s “Paper Towns” has also been adapted to film starring Nat Wolff about a geeky high school senior’s search for the most popular girl who disappeared on the eve of their graduation.

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“Hitman: Agent 47” is based on the top-selling and award-winning videogame franchise "Agent 47”. An all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits – 47 – of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts. And this time, his number may be up.


The second book of “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, “The Scorch Trials” has also been adapted on the big screen following the successful release of the first movie and will continue where the first one left off. This time, after the Gladers have escaped the Maze, they now face a new set of games out in the world ravaged by flares and diseases.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in “Victor Frankenstein,” based on Igor’s (hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein) perspective – of his dark origins, his redemptive friendship with young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein and how Frankenstein, the legend we know today came to be.


Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest in “Peanuts Movie” (3D).


Andy Weir’s phenomenal self-published book, “The Martian” also leaps from pages to screen. Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie is about an outer space adventure starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig that follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people on Mars. He is left behind by his crewmates after a dust storm tears through the area and has to find a way to survive being stranded on the Red Planet.

Saturday, December 20, 2014



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One explosive finale will end it all in the non-stop, catch-your-breath action thriller “Taken 3” starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, as-covert agent Bryan Mills forced to step out of retirement to save his family using the extraordinary set of skills that only he possesses.

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“Taken 3’s” gripping and fantastic action sequence brings Bryan to track down the real killers of a murder that he is being framed of. Director Olivier Megaton smashes Bryan Mills and his enemies into breathless action scenes when Mills’ long-awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is tragically cut short when she is murdered. Mills, overtaken with anger, goes on the run for justice to prove his innocence and trace the mastermind behind his ex-wife’s murder. With the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit, for the last time, he channels his rage to protect the one remaining important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).

But before it opens in cinemas on January 14 (Philippines), folks from the distributing studio, 20th Century Fox prepared this heartwarming, high-octane holiday video showing Bryan’s particular set of skills ready for his post-Christmas mission.

Check Out This Cool “12 Skills of Christmas” Homage Video

Trailer link here:

Friday, December 19, 2014



 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 Imagine walking into the world’s most magnificent museums, where the wonders and history of the world come to life in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” That was the starting point for the Night at the Museum motion pictures, which have captivated audiences globally and grossed over one billion dollars. Now, its third instalment takes all of its beloved characters around the world for their greatest adventure yet.


Ben Stiller reprises his role as museum guard Larry Daley, and Shawn Levy is once again at the helm, producing and directing. When New York’s Natural History Museum’s exhibits, which come to life at night, start to behave strangely, Larry, the newly-promoted director of nighttime operations at the Museum, must find out why. The Tablet, which magically brings the creatures to life, has started to decay and the only way to restore it may be at the British Museum. Larry, who’ll do anything to save his museum “family,” along with his son Nick and the museum exhibits, travel from New York to London, where they must discover the Tablet’s secret.


Beloved actors/comedians Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney, who, sadly, passed away earlier this year, reprises their roles as Teddy Roosevelt and retired security night guard respectively.

“Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing naturalist, botanist, environmentalist and hunter,” noted Williams. “He had this sense of the great outdoors, that the wild environment is where you find yourself. And part of his legacy was founding the National Park System, helping get that up and running. He was, truly, an exciting man.” In the Night at the Museum films, Teddy is also a true romantic. There’s a charge between Teddy and the museum figure of Lewis and Clark’s guide and interpreter, Sacajawea. As Teddy jokes, “I’m wax, she’s polyurethane, but somehow it works.”


Joining Williams as key returnees to this world are Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, as the surprising duo of American cowboy Jedediah and Roman Centurion Octavius, both miniatures from historic dioramas. They’re the smallest characters with the biggest friendship. Another Museum veteran, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winning British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais returns as McPhee, the head of the Museum and Larry’s boss.


Dan Stevens, who captivated television audiences as Matthew in the acclaimed British series “Downton Abbey,” stars as Lancelot, the epitome of chivalry, valor and bravery. Another new face is Tilly, the night guard at the British Museum. Tilly sits outside the museum, in a small guard shack, chatting on the phone and taking the occasional snooze. She longs for company and wishes she were armed with a weapon more intimidating than just a hammer.

Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley stars as Merenkahre, Ahkmenrah’s father and Pharaoh of the Nile. Merenkahre has held the secret to the Tomb for 4,000 years and only his knowledge can keep the Tablet, and the museum creatures, alive.

It’s one thing for Larry to deal with an ancient Pharaoh. It’s quite another to wrangle his teenage son. Seventeen-year old high school senior Nick Daley, played by Skyler Gisondo, is at odds with Larry. While his father wants him to go to college, Nick wants to be his own person and pursue his dream of being a deejay in far off and exotic locales. For Gisondo who was age ten when Night at the Museum came out, working on the new film was an unforgettable experience.

Another young man – this one from Ancient Egypt – gives his name to the magic tablet that brings the Museum to life. That would be Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, the young Egyptian mummy whose family holds the secret of the Tomb. Rami Malek reprises his role as Ahkmenrah. Malek notes a special highlight of coming back for the new film: “Ben Kingsley is an icon and someone I’ve admired my whole life,” he explains.

Patrick Gallagher returns as Attila, the lovable Hun. The real Attila the Hun was a badass warrior in the 4th century, and legendary for creating one of the fiercest and most-feared armies the world, or any museum corridor, has ever known. But to know our Museum’s Attila is to love him, and while Attila is the go-to guy when muscle is needed, he’s also a great big teddy bear.


Mizuo Peck returns as Sacajawea, one of the legendary women of the American West. Sacajawea was the daughter of a Shoshone chief whose skills and smarts enabled her to serve as a guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark’s famed early 19th century expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for her ability to lead and track, in this film her expertise and motherly advice are vital in helping Larry and the gang on their mission to save the Tablet.


Here’s the trailer link for this movie :


This New Year’s adventure-filled movie for the family, children, and kids-at-heart, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

Thursday, December 18, 2014



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Manila Philippines—Coming home has never been this sweet as SM Global Pinoy honored an OFW who came home to spend Christmas together with her loved ones. This tribute video is SM Supermalls’ way of saying ‘thank you’ to OFWs for their hard work and support, not only for their families, but also to the SM Global Pinoy Program. 

Watch the heartwarming SM Global Pinoy Video through this link:

Now on its 3rd year, the SM Global Pinoy Program through Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy held a grand homecoming last December 15, featuring celebrities like Piolo Pascual at SM City Dasmariñas, Angeline Quinto at SM City Clark, Xian Lim at SM City Bacolod, Sam Milby at SM City General Santos, and Daniel Matsunaga at SM Southmall. Our Global Pinoys and their families also enjoyed exclusive discounts from selected stores at the SM Supermalls’ Balikbayan Specials.

The SM Global Pinoy Program aims to honor the OFWs and their families. To pay tribute and appreciation for our modern day heroes, SM Global Pinoy provides them with an exclusive lounge inside the SM Supermalls malls nationwide and gives them access to exclusive events, activities, perks and privileges.

This December 29, our Global Pinoys may also get a 10% discount on all items for a minimum of P2, 000 single-receipt purchase at The SM Store Pasalubong Sale. Simply present your SM Global Pinoy or BDO Kabayan card.

To add to their #MerrySMChristmas, our SM Global Pinoy guests received several prizes and freebies from the SM Global Pinoy partners: BDO, SM Store, SM Cinema, E-Plus, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, Barrio Fiesta SkinWhite, Tom’s World, Informatics Institute, V.Y. Domingo Jewellers, Nokia.



SM Global Pinoy offers exclusive privileges, discounts and services to its OFW members and their families. Just visit the SM Global Pinoy Center at your favorite SM Supermall to become a member. You may go to or email for more details.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amid tremor concerns, strict testing of local cement assures quality on par with US standards



Manila, Philippines. December 15, 2014 – Since a 2.7 magnitude earthquake last October, PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) has been closely watching Metro Manila’s Valley Fault System.  A major earthquake caused by the Valley Fault System will impact most of the buildings and infrastructures in Metro Manila according to PHIVOLCS.

A 7.2 magnitude quake will test the safety and quality of locally manufactured cement, the main component of concrete structures, which according to the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) undergoes strict quality control and monitoring.

CeMAP, the organization of cement manufacturers in the country, ensures consistency in the production of high quality cement and spearheads the implementation of sustainable development initiatives for the local cement enterprise.

CeMAP performs a series of tests through its Cement Testing Center (CTC) in Pasig that ensures only the highest quality cement is used by contractors and builders for the booming construction industry.

CTC, the leading and most established cement-testing laboratory in the country, performs monthly physical testing and chemical analysis of samples from each of CeMAP’s member cement companies. CTC staff tests three samples direct from the plant and two samples from retailers such as hardwares nationwide. Testing is done to determine the chemical content, compressive strength, density, consistency, fineness, and other properties of cement products being sold in the market.

CeMAP President Ernesto Ordoñez shares, “CeMAP’s monthly review and rigorous analysis of the products both from the market and direct from the plant ensures consistency in the production of high quality local cement. With the stringent testing processes that we perform on these products, the consumers can trust to get safe, top quality cement with every bag they purchase.”

Aside from complying with Philippine National Standards set by government agencies, CTC also guarantees that the products they certify are at par with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)’s standard specifications.

Ordoñez further promotes the use of local cement by stressing the advantage of having a local office in addressing any issues. “If the company has a local office, any concerns can be addressed accordingly and much faster. This is impossible to do for imported cements. The proximity of the customer to the manufacturer makes the process much easier and more efficient.”

Since causing its last major earthquake in the 16th century, PHIVOLCS believes the Valley Fault System could have a major movement anytime.

Amidst this threat, CeMAP keeps the interests of local builders, property developers, and home owners in mind.  Its high standard for quality assurance among members and customers’ support system serve the infrastructure needs of a growing country that lies along active tectonic plates in the Pacific.



Michael Keaton as “Riggan” in BIRDMAN. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima. Copyright © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox.“Birdman” or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opened to rave reviews and has so far dominated this year’s awards season kick-off at the recently concluded Gotham Awards where it won Best Feature (Alejandro Gonzales Iῆárritu) and Best Actor (Michael Keaton).

Living up to its hype from early screenings, critics are raving about “Birdman” reaching a virtuous peak at filmmaking saying the film is grand, spectacular, star-powered cinema where Keaton stars as Riggan, an actor who used to play an iconic superhero in the blockbuster franchise ‘Birdman.’ After years of playing the masked superhero, Riggan eventually decides to reinvent himself by starring in a play that he has written and will direct himself for a much artistic higher aspiration.

birdman_clip_pulls_051514-LUT.00070587.tifThe movie’s stellar cast include Zach Galifianakis as he plays Jake, Riggan’s best friend who also acts as his lawyer/publicist who produces the play and casts an eclectic mix of known and unknown actors to play Laura (Andrea Riseborough), Leslie (Naomi Watts) and Mike (Edward Norton).

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Emma Stone joins the seasoned cast in the movie as Riggan’s daughter who has just been out of rehab and has become his bridge in today’s social-media driven society. However, with Riggan’s ego and unresolved family issues standing in the way, the task to debut on a stage play becomes more complicated as its debut nears.

“Birdman’s” cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, shares that the camerawork and editing were manipulated to give the appearance that most of the film is one continuous long take. The screenwriters have also shared that the long take approach was part of Iñárritu's initial idea behind the film although "huge" and "important" people warned them not to write it and shoot it that way. The camerawork, which depicts most of the film as one continuous take, was met with unanimous acclaim for its execution and usage.

Michael Keaton as “Riggan” and Zach Galifianakis as “Jake” in BIRDMAN. Photo by Alison Rosa. Copyright © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox.

Keaton, on his acceptance speech at the recent Gotham Awards took the opportunity to embrace his comedic chops towards his fellow actors and his past roles - "Thanks! I want to say something about Steve Carell. The courage Steve showed to redo all that plastic surgery and go back to his original nose, says a lot about commitment. My folks at Gotham, feels good to be back home. I don't wanna toot my own horn but when's the last time you saw The Joker or The Penguin causing any problems? I gotta get back to Wayne Manor any minute so let's wrap this up," said Keaton.

Further accolades kept pouring on “Birdman’s” rave reception, Rotten tomatoes reflects an initial 94% positive rating based on 167 reviews where its critical consensus states -"A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton."

“Birdman” has also been named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year by the National Board of Review where Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, respectively, are winners in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor category.

“Birdman” opens very soon in (Phils.) cinemas this 2015 from 20th Century Fox.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hydrating Healthily in Life 24/7 with Pocari Sweat


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It is already a fact that we need water every day to keep our bodies healthy, functioning well and strong enough to withstand sickness. Yet we still go for drinks that quench our thirst and at the same time are flavorful and enjoyable to drink – juices and carbonated drinks are the usual suspects. They do taste good and give us some added nutrients; however, it is probable that some of them have chemicals that will not be as healthy as some minerals that are needed by the body.

Fortunately, Pocari Sweat, a health hydration drink by Otsuka Philippines Pharmaceutical Inc., brings hydration to a healthier but enjoyable level. Pocari Sweat is highly recommended to those who are in need of immediate hydration, most especially those who have an active lifestyle and those who suffer from dehydration because of illness.

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Pocari Sweat has a refreshing mild taste, even best when it’s cold, you won’t need another beverage to wash off a strong taste and flavor from your usual drink. Yet, children as young as one year old can safely drink it. It does not have artificial coloring, no preservatives, no caffeine, and no artificial sweetener, which then makes it safe for anyone who needs immediate hydration. Especially now during these months when “ber-month” celebrations are close at hand, numerous parties will be held with family, friends, and co-workers from before the Christmas season until the New Year.

Alcohol will definitely flow and other fun activities will get you into that party mood that lasts up until the sun rises. Those who love to go on a night out after work can get over hangover easily just by drinking Pocari Sweat before they turn in after their night cap. There is no fun in having those head-cracking hangovers. When we drink alcoholic drinks like beer and cocktail, we get dehydrated easily because we tend to do  a lot of restroom breaks. Alcohol also drains the electrolytes that our bodies need to function that is why when we get drunk, we sometimes can’t get a hold of ourselves  Coffee and some warm soup may give us some relief for a time, but still, the best way to battle hangover is to replenish our body with enough electrolytes – something that a bottle of Pocari Sweat can give.

Pocari Sweat comes in 330ml can (Php 24.00), 350ml PET bottle (Php 24.00), 500ml PET bottle (Php 35.00), 2L PET bottle (Php 125.00). Pocari Sweat is available in major chain drugstores, supermarkets and convenience stores.

SM Supermalls World Choir Day 2014 Celebration


5 SM General Santos Chorale  December 9, 2014 Manila Philippines- Last December 7, hearts were filled with joy of music as SM Supermalls celebrated World Choir Day 2014— an international event of remarkable music that was started in order to bring communities together with the values of unity, peace, and understanding.

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For more than   20 years, choirs have celebrated World Choir Day crossing cultural boundaries with the aim of uniting people through heartwarming choral songs. This December, SM Supermalls joined millions of singers and choral groups across the world to celebrate this great event.


A musical feast with a series of concerts, World Choir Day 2014 at SM Supermalls featured  the angelic voices of talented Filipino choirs with their beautiful renditions of Christmas holiday classics across SM Malls nationwide. The best choral groups in different cities showed their support in the festivity and shared their talent in singing and art of musicality.

To see more photos of the SM Supermalls World Choir Day celebration and to get more information about more upcoming choir performances, check out the SM Supermalls Christmas blog Have a #MerrySMChristmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Victoria Court Offers Mini Parties and Events Venue , Beyond Ordinary




Today, Victoria Court has taken its giant step for Innovations, Indeed a big leap for Motel Industries to consider having the place to be more exquisite  and formal than ever. Victoria Court offers world-class suites, each one distinct from the other. The most sought after suites are the Asgard inspired from the movie Thor, the romantic Marrakesh Suite, Batcave from The Dark Night and other fun exciting themes for you to choose from.

vcbatcaveOur guests have a wide choice of rooms depending on size, design and preferred themes: Standard, Deluxe and Suites with variants of mini-suites, regular suites and super thematic suites, all different themes. At Victoria Court, no two rooms are the same.


Now known for its Thematic Parties and Events, Victoria Court offers a wide array of Suites and Amenities that promises a party beyond ordinary.

Bachelorette and Stag parties are one of our biggest clientele but we have our share of Celebrity Shoots, MTVS and Press Conferences too.

We’ve recently had several Press Conferences such as Asia’s Next Top Model and Juana Change the Movie. We also housed the Flip Top


International Artists for their Araneta Dreams Battle Royale and Japan’s RWB Legend Nakai-San. Hitting number 1 on the MYX charts is Kyla who shot her MTV in our James Bond inspired room – Casino Royale.

We also have an award-winning F&B team working round the clock to create extraordinary dishes available 24 hours a day. Our team has recently won top cooking competitions such as the Chefs on Parade, the Philippine Culinary Cup Challenge and the MAFBEX Cooking Competition. Try our extensive menu. Taste our distinction.

So many events, so many suites, all with different themes… Choose the theme that suits your needs. Parties Beyond Ordinary… Only at Victoria Court. For inquiries and reservations, please call us at 0917-9810084. Follow @victoriacourtvc on Twitter and Instagram and like our Facebook Fan page or check our website at for new promos and events.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bierra, Fresh Seafood Paluto Restaurant

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From the moment you walk through our door, you can expect a warm welcome, lively atmosphere and a burst of exquisite flavors. Take a look and you’ll find a host of authentic features, the freshest ingredients and mouth-watering delicacies that capture the very essence of all things Filipino in Tex Mex Style. Put all of these together and you’ve got a vibrant and laid-back fiesta feeling that Bierra has become famous for. So sit back, relax and enjoy as Bierra takes ordinary dining into an extraordinary experience.

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Bierra’s extraordinary experience will take you to a good food experience that no other Paluto Restaurant can do. Bierra’s must try dishes are the following: Buttered Shrimp with Garlic is sumptuous and very buttery with a hint of garlic. Sinigang sa Misong Tanigue will surely make your day, the soup is not too sour and the fish is very delectable. And last but not the least for their must try food is Sizzling Gambas has a lot of flavor and spiciness that you will ask for it every time you go to Bierra.


The Bierra’s menu boasts a wide variety of delicacies of seafood, chicken and meat. To excite your appetite, here is a glimpse of what’s in store at Bierra:


Calamares, Buttered Shrimp with Garlic, Baked Tahong with Cheese, Sizzling Tanigue Steak, Prawn in Chili Sauce, Sinigang sa Miso, Halaan Soup and Ginataang Kuhol.


Sizzling Chicken, Tinolang Manok, Buttered Chicken and Fried Chicken

Meat (Beef / Pork):

Sinigang na Baboy, Pork Adobo and Ihaw Marinated BBQ.

Adobong KangKong, Chopsuey, Ensaladang Lato and Ensaladang Mangga.


Bierra’s décor is engaging and have earth hues, it has Mexican feel and ambiance, but truly Filipino in taste. They have a nice wooden glass door, 4 wall light fixtures. The dining room can seat 100 plus people and they accommodate Baptism, Company Christmas Party, Debut and other occasions. They also have Live bands, Acoustic Nights, Stand Up Comedian, Videoke Nights and Rock Bands.

It’s all here waiting for you at Bierra Paluto Restaurant!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014




Here’s a film that would make you’re imagination and sensitive emotions make you quiver and of course eventually being fearful of what pyramid and its relics continues its existence  and how they retaliates with those explorers who wants to see their secrets and how they are being preserved.

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who've dared to uncover their secrets. Most notable among afflictions is the so-called “Curse of the Pharaohs” – vengeance against adventurers who disturb the sacred tombs of the pyramids. For almost a decade, none dared to disturb the stillness of the tombs, until a group of archaeologists have unearthed “The Pyramid.”


In “The Pyramid,” while investigating their find, father and daughter archaeologists Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) and Miles (Denis O’Hare), along with a news camera crew, find themselves lost and trapped in a maze inside the pyramid. “A movie like this only works when you have a strong starting point,” notes producer Alexandre Aja. “I liked the idea of using this new technology to find a lost civilization because it felt so real. It was a chance to explore a clash between the old and new school of archeology.”


Casting the characters resulted in an eclectic cast of performers led by Ashley Hinshaw as Nora. “Nora is the one that pushes them all to go into the pyramid,” says director Gregory Levasseur. “She makes the story happen. Nora is s so sure of herself that they all go along with her, convinced that what she says is true – that they’ll find the biggest archeological discovery in history. But it blinds her to the dangers and she brings everyone into a hellish environment.”

Hinshaw, who made an indelible impression with her performance in Fox’s 2013 hit CHRONICLE, understood Nora’s motivations. “How many archeologists actually get to go on a dig?” she wonders. “I think the vast majority is behind desks, at museums and universities, and that would drive me nuts. I would need to be in the thick of things, like Nora.”

She elaborates, “Nora has been hungry for adventure and discovery her entire life. Her father is an archeologist and their relationship hinges around her interest in archeology.” The downside of being so self-assured is that Nora is also the last person to realize the dire situation in which she’s put her colleagues. “When things start going wrong it takes her longer to accept it,” Hinshaw confirms. “You start to see her unravel. But despite the horrors enveloping her and the group, she’s not going to give up.”

Another on-screen duo has a similarly antagonistic dynamic: Sunni and Fitzie. “They’ve known each other for years,” reflects Buckley. “And you get that from watching them. You understand they have this working relationship.”


“Sunni is a strong character who knows what she wants,” says Christa Nicola, who makes her feature film debut in THE PYRAMID. “I think that’s why they chose me for the role, because I have that same cockiness.”

Fitzie is in many ways the polar opposite of Sunni. “He’s a younger brother to her really,” Nicola says. “But I think she really trusts him. He annoys the hell out of her, but he’s good at what he does and that relaxes her.” James Buckley is a well-known actor in Britain, thanks to his role as Jay in the hit comedy show THE INBETWEENERS. “James brought something genuine and fun to the character,” Levasseur says. “Fitzie is the audience – the one they can relate to. It’s his point of view for the first part of the movie, and we come to rely on him. With James’s talent for improvisation, he was an ideal choice.”

“The Pyramid” opens December 10 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox. Check out latest trailers here: ;




Walk into the world’s most magnificent museums in the third installment of the global hit franchise Night At the Museum that have captivated audience round the globe starring Ben Stiller. The latest “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” completes the trilogy that started some eight years ago and now, all of its beloved and new characters come alive for their greatest adventure yet.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3Ben Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley, the museum’s night security guard. This time, trouble simmers anew at New York’s Museum of Natural History. The iconic figures from the past, which come to life each night, are malfunctioning and wreaking havoc. The magic has gone awry. Larry, to the rescue, has to take urgent action to save the lives of his historic friends. That means embarking on a trip to the British Museum in London.

As the sun goes down on New York and the legendary museum exhibits turn into living, breathing people and creatures as always. But they are not acting normally. Larry Daley (Stiller) is shocked to find that his friends Teddy Roosevelt, (Robin Williams) the miniature Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and the two inch tall Roman centurion Octavius, (Steve Coogan) are on the rampage, fighting and creating pandemonium. They are all out of control. Larry discovers that the ancient Egyptian tablet, which brings them to life each night, is losing its special powers. He sets off across the Atlantic to London with his son Nick, (Skyler Gisondo) and the rest of the familiar crew. They are hoping that when they arrive at the British Museum, the great Pharaoh Of The Nile (Ben Kingsley), father of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), will be able to solve the problem and reboot the tablet.


Also returning is Patrick Gallagher as Attila The Hun and Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck). Mickey Rooney (in his final role), Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cobbs are back as the retired security guards, and Dexter the Capuchin monkey is up to mischief again. There are some wonderful new characters, including the suave, debonair and very funny Sir Lancelot, (Dan Stevens). Rebel Wilson stars as Tilly, the British Museum’s security guard who falls for the primitively rugged charms of Laaa, a Neanderthal man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Ben Stiller.

Director Shawn Levy and the writers wanted to take some of the rules from the previous films and take them to a new level, so they created a sequence where Larry, Teddy and Lancelot fall into one of Escher’s lithographs, “Relativity,” setting off what may be the most unique chase sequence in cinematic history. It’s a race through an impossible world, with multiple planes, three levels of gravity and endless possibilities.

Stiller was delighted to return as Larry Daley in the third, eagerly anticipated instalment of the hugely successful franchise and this time, take on an extra role – as a caveman. That meant doing some scenes where he is literally acting opposite himself. It was, he says with a smile, surreal and ultimately, a lot of fun.


“So he comes to life, his name is La and he sees me, and immediately thinks that I’m his father, and he gets a little jealous of my real son, Nicky (Skyler Gisondo), so I had to do a bunch of scenes with myself as two characters. I’d never done that before, and that’s where that motion control stuff comes in, which was very interesting.”

Director Shawn Levy – who also helmed the first two films – and his team utilised motion capture technology to enhance the look of Stiller as La. And the actor admits that it was a fascinating learning curve. “It was probably the most involved technical thing I’ve ever done in a movie. You have to first figure out who is driving the scene, and then you do that character first.”

“Shawn and I would rehearse, and he would play whichever role I wasn’t. Then I would do both sides of it with him, and we would figure out which side was the character to do first—so I could then react.”

“There were a couple of times when we saw that we’d made a mistake, and should have done the other character first, so we would come back and do the other side again because I knew how to react more to what I was doing than the first time. That was an interesting learning process for all of us. I’d never done anything like that before, that’s for sure.”

Action-packed with breathtaking visual effects, “Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.