Monthly Archives: November 2016

Vic Sotto Returns to the Big Screen as Enteng Kabisote In “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” on November 30

Enteng Kabisote 10

Durability. Consistency. Influence. Staying power. For a star to enter the top echelon, he or she should possess such. In contemporary setting, not all showbiz denizens are able to sustain their names’ lustre for long. Only a few remain on top of their game despite the passing of times. It takes charisma, genuine talent and reinvention for one to continuously click with the public notwithstanding the emergence of new faces in the field.

            Such is the case of Vic Sotto, touted as the Comedy King of this generation. Over the years, he has already proven his mettle in the different fields he ventured into: from singing, hosting to acting. Remember his VST & Company days where he was the lead vocalist? He is also one of the pioneers of local boob tube’s longest-running noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga” and top-billed one of the most enduring sitcoms of all-time, “Iskul Bukol.”

            Vic’s box-office power is unparalleled as well. A member of the formidable trio TVJ alongside Tito Sotto and Joey de Leon, they churned one hit movie after the other. Even when he went solo, his supremacy at the tills remained strong. Actually, Vic’s popularity is phenomenal. Like vintage wine, he gets better and better as days go by.

            For more than a decade now, his offerings have always performed outstandingly, ending up as one of the official top-grossers. Unquestionably, Vic’s most successful entry in the glitzy film festival is the “Enteng Kabisote” franchise which in total has nine grand instalments already. The project has successfully established a cult following among avid film buffs as they always look forward to the next sequel.

            Vic is happy to breathe life once again to one of his signature roles on screen.  “The last’Enteng Kabisote’ movie was shown four years ago,” he says. “To give in to the fans’ clamour since they missed Enteng’s adventures and misadventures, we’re bringing him back earlier thisNovember 30 as part of the Filipinos’ viewing tradition.”

            Vic stresses though that this sequel is the hardest and grandest to mount.  “People expect that this will be better than the last one. Imagine, we’re on our 10th sequel already so we have to show something new. So when I talked to the team, I told them that we cannot rely on our old story line and antics anymore. Viewers nowadays look for freshness in the material. I’m proud to say that our finished product has that element that will surely delight the crowd!

            “We made sure that the movie will have a totally new look. There are a lot of new features in this latest sequel. From the cast to the special effects, I’m sure the audience will love it. Even the younger crop, those whom are called ‘Millenials’, I’m sure they will enjoy watching it since the way we presented the story is very contemporary. There are a lot of scenes where they can relate so much.”

            According to the screen icon, even the character of Enteng has evolved as well in the story. “Oh yes! He’s no longer the usual Enteng Kabisote you’ve seen in the previous installations. As I’ve stated earlier, we ensured that he will go with the flow. I can say that Enteng here caters to all types of viewers, from the conservative to the Millenials. They will truly relate to him one hundred percent!” avers Vic.

            Produced by OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment and Vic’s very own M-Zet Production under the helm of Tony Y. Reyes and Marlon Rivera, “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” boasts of a star-studded cast.

            “Joining me here are Oyo Boy Sotto, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Bea Binene, Ken Chan, Ryza Cenon, Epi Quizon, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Atak, Cacai Bautista, Simon Loresca and child wonder Alonzo Muhlach. Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza will also have a special participation.”

            The Comedy King is very positive with his new “Enteng” offering.  “I’m certain the viewing public will get entertained to the max with the film. It’s worth their time and money. This is my early Christmas gift to all the fans who want to see Enteng Kabisote again on the big screen. This is our 10th installation so I promise them it’s ten times the fun and excitement,” ends Vic.

            “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” will be in cinemas nationwide starting November 30.

ROMANTIC MANGA FEELS IN “YOUR LIE IN APRIL” – IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 7

Your Lie April

Award-winning and best-selling romantic manga series “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” by Naoshi Arakawa  is now a live-action film “Your Lie in April” starring promising young actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki that will open in Philippine cinemas on December 7.

The much-awaited teen manga drama, “Your Lie in April” stars up-and-coming actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki in a coming-of-age story inspired by music. The exciting cast includes Anna Ishii, actress and member of the popular girl group E-Girls and the hot, young actor Taishi Nakagawa. Their heartrending tapestry of love is not to be missed!

A master of the loves story genre, Takehiko Shinjo of “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You)” and “Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories)” will direct the film.

Director Shinjo describes “Your Lie in April” as a story of the wonders and value of love, but also the pain, tears and heartbreak that often accompany it. “My goal is to deliver a film that leaves the viewers with a warm, gentle feeling. With the charm of Suzu Hirose, the sincerity of Kento Yamazaki, and a young, talented cast including Anna Ishii and Taishi Nakagawa, I hope to weave a tale of brilliant and heartfelt love,” shared Shinjo.

“Your Lie in April” follows a musician with absolute perfection and mechanical precision, piano prodigy Kosie Arima (Yamazaki), is considered a human metronome. But Kosie lost his ability to play when he lost his mother. In April of his sophomore year in high school, Kosei’s childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe (Anna Ishii) and Ryota Watari (Taishi Nakagawa) introduced him to a violinist named Kaori Miyazono (Hirose). Kaori is a willful free spirit, as ethereal as the clouds in the sky, and Kosei finds himself drawn to her unrestrained, exuberant performance. “Kaori aggressively urges Kosei to play with her, forcing him to face the painful memories of his mother. But one day, Kosei discovers that Kaori has a secret.

“When I read the script, I pictured a beautiful span of time, in which each character battles his or her own, personal issues. In preparing for the role of Kaori, I touched a violin for the first time. It’s still a struggle, but day by day, I am coming to terms with the violin as well as the role. Together with the director and cast, I hope to make “Your Lie in April” a beautiful film brimming with color,” says Hirose of the film.

Likewise, Kento Yamazaki shared that the film taught him that everyday, life is full of color. “Portraying the struggles and challenges of a musical prodigy is challenging, but with the support of Director Shinjo, the staff and cast members, I tried my best to embody Kosei Arima. The concert scenes in the original manga are so dynamic that you can almost hear the music. I’m new to the piano, but I’m practicing hard every day so I can express Kosei’s flux of emotions in the music. I hope “Your Lie in April” adds color to the viewer’s world as well.”

Get your hankies and tissues ready for the painful truth masked in the sweetest of lies that will break your heart in “Your Lie in April” when it opens in cinemas on December 7 nationwide from Pioneer Films.

Trailer link:  https://youtu.be/gVSiuaiAkjY

Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers: Set To Save the World from Digital Menace on November 30

Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers

In the tradition of offering family-friendly fare, Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads are back for another blockbuster fantasy-adventure movie based on the well-loved Pinoy pop culture icon! Kids are in for a treat as Bossing reprises his beloved role as Enteng Kabisote in the latest instalment of the movie series titled:  “Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers.”

The comedy-adventure movie follows the reluctant hero in his latest fantastical escapade.  Through hard work and determination, Enteng Kabisote has used his talent to “butingting everything” to become an ironworks and robotics magnate. Since his last adventure in Engkantasya, he has settled down to becoming a successful businessman, community leader, and a doting grandfather to his cute and bubbly grandchild Benokis, as his son Benok (Oyo Boy Sotto) tackles fatherhood and his duty as a law enforcer.  Little does he know that trouble is brewing and he will be called on once again to save the world.

Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers

Enteng’s nemesis is Kwak-kwak (played by Epi Quizon), a power-obsessed villain who was booted out from Engkantasya. He has the capability to control minds who has launched a virtual reality game that transmits his mind control to anyone who plays it. The villainous plot is helped along by Bibi, Kwak-kwak’s devoted second-in-command and Bibe, his moronic but useful sibling, along with A1/ALLAN & A2/ALLAINE, the two creators of the viral game app which Kwak-Kwak uses as a channel to spread his psychic powers to control humankind.

To defeat Kwak-kwak and restore order in the real world, Enteng calls upon a team of misfits, who form his Abangers team. They are individuals who have unusual special powers and have been waiting for a long time to put these powers into good use.  The Abangers are actually OEWs (overseas engkantasya workers), whose powers Kwak-kwak needs to harness in order to fulfill his nefarious mission.

On his team, Enteng has three inimitable sisters: Nidora (Wally Bayola), a fierce but values-centric granny who possesses an equally fierce loud voice called “The Incredible Voice”; Tinidora (Jose Manalo), who has very quick reflexes and engaging dance moves called “The Flash Dance”, and Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros), a flirtatious hot granny who channels her hot flashes to other persons through her stare. They are joined by Remy or “The Mister Iron”, a tour guide and family guy who can seemingly flatten any tangible materials, Oring, a spunky female fortune teller in Quiapo who can perfectly predict anyone’s future but only for a span of two minutes, Lucas, a muscled handsome guy from Tondo who possesses incredible strength and a high pitched voice, and Bistika, a standup gay comedian who can perfectly blend himself with his surroundings — while doing some pakganern splits!

Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers

Will Enteng and the Abangers be able to save the world? Moviegoers can find out real soon. The movie is directed by Marlon Rivera and Tony Y. Reyes, and produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment.

“Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers” will open this November 30 in cinemas nationwide. Trailer link: https://youtu.be/Pcs7YyMj8xU

 

MOVIE ON THE LIFE OF ST. PEDRO POVEDA AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS ON DECEMBER 7

Pedro Poveda movie

The highly acclaimed and award-winning movie “Poveda” about the inspiring true story of the revolutionary St. Pedro Poveda will open in selected Ayala Malls Cinemas in the Philippines on December 7.

                Awarded with Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director at the recently concluded Buenos Aires Non Stop Art Festival, “Poveda” is based on a true story directed by Pablo Moreno of which screenplay he also wrote along with Pedro Delgado. Raul Escudero plays the role of Pedro Poveda in the film and Elena Furiase as Josefa Segovia accompanied by an outstanding cast.  “Poveda” has also received the prestigious Best Film award given to a Producer from the jury of the International Catholic Film Festival Mirabile Dictu 2016 among more than 1,200 participants in the festival. It was also recently awarded the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality” held in Jakarta winning the “Outstanding International Award of Excellence.”

                Presented by the Teresian Association International, Inc., “Poveda” will inform people about the life of Saint Pedro Poveda Castroverde, his priestly, social and educational activities which ushered in the Teresian Association, the lay Catholic association he founded.

              The film tells the story of Pedro Poveda (Linares, 1874 – Madrid, 1936), a tenacious and innovative priest who opens paths in the field of education and who pioneered the rights of women in early twentieth century Spain. UNESCO recognized him in 1974 as “Educator and Humanist” and Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2003.

              Poveda began his priestly work in the caves of Guadix (Granada) in 1901, a marginalized and forgotten reality at the time. There he sees the problem with education and responds to this situation by building a school for the gypsies. This was received with great appreciation and adhesion while, at the same time, unleashed suspicion and envy in the well educated sectors of society and the clergy.

              He painfully left Guadix and went to Covadonga, the Asturian region of Spain. With time to pray, to plan and to envision, surrounded by green mountain landscapes and drawing inspiration from the shrine of the Santina of Covadonga, his interest in the national educational situation would allow him to write the itinerary of all his pedagogical essays. In 1911 he started a new movement, driven by young women, which would give birth to the Teresian Association, with the desire to train well qualified Catholic teachers.

              His work spreads all over Spain with the establishment of pedagogical academies, training centers and residences for women. In Jaen he meets Josefa Segovia, the first woman in the city to graduate in education and who would be the first President of the Teresian Association. Josefa will be a key pillar in the development of the Association, both in and out of Spain. Poveda then moved to Madrid in 1921 where he combined various priestly duties with social and educational tasks.

              Pedro Poveda lived in turbulent times in Spain when during the thirties – social, educational and religious conflicts are exacerbated and that led to a civil war. In this context, Poveda, a man of peace and dialogue, will be a victim of violence and intolerance, leaving a trail of light and hope after his death on July 28, 1936, bearing witness to his faith.  His last years in Madrid were in defense of freedom of education of Catholics against the dominance of uncompromising secularism.

              Don’t miss this inspiring movie that will surely touch your hearts. “Poveda” opens December 7 exclusively at selected Ayala Malls Cinemas – Glorietta 4, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza, Centrio and Ayala Malls’ Legazpi Cinemas.   Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn2F8uApccs

              Check out Ayala Malls Cinemas’ www.sureseats.com to book seats and buy tickets in advance.

OSCAR WINNER OCTAVIA SPENCER IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE IN “HIDDEN FIGURES”

Hidden Figures

Octavia Spencer whose powerful performance in “The Help” won her a Best Supporting Actress in the Oscars stars in another riveting role in the inspiring story of women of courage in “Hidden Figures.”

Spencer plays one of the three brilliant mathematicians working in NASA at a time when prejudice and discrimination in the early 1960s ran high.  Based on the stories of real life women, Spencer’s role, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) made remarkable accomplishments against all odds and breaking barriers when they  helped America win the space race that paved the way for future generations.

“Hidden Figures” is an exciting film about courage, resilience and empowerment, focusing on a trio of gifted women whose excellent work in the fields of mathematics and aerospace engineering was of crucial importance in turning around the space race. It is also an emotional story about the friendship that developed between the three women and the challenges they faced in their families and communities, who were forging ahead in their extraordinary careers, while dealing with segregation.

Known as ‘colored computers’, they crossed racial and gender boundaries at NASA (America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration), where they proved to be indispensable—the best at their jobs. The black mathematicians had to eat separately from their white counterparts and use ‘colored’ restrooms. Yet as the movie relates, everyone set aside prejudice and differences, joining forces to do groundbreaking work.

Katherine Johnson’s mathematical calculations were key to the success of John Glenn’s historic ‘Friendship 7’ mission, which made him the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.  Mary Jackson (musician Janelle Monáe in her first major film role) was a dynamic and brilliant young woman who found herself in an untenable position. She became the first woman of any color to be an engineer at NASA. Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer, was in charge of the black computers. At the time, the first electronic IBM computer had been introduced at NASA. Vaughan was one of the few who understood its significance.

“Octavia is one of the best actresses in the world,” says director Ted Melfi, who made last year’s acclaimed film, “St. Vincent.”  So for her to play the rock of the movie was great. She guides the computing group. She’s the maternal figure for her friends. She’s the one with all the wisdom and Octavia was the perfect choice for me.”

For Spencer, who will also be seen in the upcoming “Gifted” with Chris Evans, “Hidden Figures” offered an interesting role she couldn’t resist.  “It was amazing that so many women who were integral to the space race were somehow omitted from history. I’m not just talking about African American women; I’m talking about all the women involved; there were black and white female computers at NASA. It is so interesting when you start thinking about who the ‘computers’ were; they were human beings who actually sat down and did all these crucial mathematical calculations. I love the fact that their journey is now a Hollywood story. The women who were involved in the space program would change history in a way that nobody could ever imagine, and it is amazing that nobody knew about them until now. It is really exciting. I wanted to be a part of a story that celebrates those contributions and that empowers women, so I’m very happy to be involved.”

Opening January 25 in cinemas (Phils.) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed  by Warner Bros., “Hidden Figures” also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. With a score from multiple Grammy winning musician Pharrell Williams, the film is compelling and highly entertaining.