National Geographic Channel examines Lance Armstrong’s cycling deceit

Armstrong Doping to win

Millions of sports fans around the world were devastated in January 2013 to hear their hero, cyclist Lance Armstrong—once considered a seven-time Tour de France winner—admit that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. National Geographic Channel attempts to shed light on the dark secrets of Lance Armstrong by recounting the steps that led him to the spotlight on the global cycling stage and the sinister decisions he made that sent his reputation as the world’s greatest cyclist crashing down.

On June 30, 2013, the day that the 2013 Tour de France begins, National Geographic Channel will be featuring the premiere of “CYCLING’S GREATEST FRAUD:  The Rise and Fall of Lance Armstrong” at 9 PM. The special will detail one of the most epic falls from grace in the history of sports, beginning with Armstrong’s rise to fame as a professional cyclist in the 1990s and ending with his tragic admission of complicity in doping schemes during his career—a confession that rocked the world and cemented the death of his career in sports. Using archival footage and cinematic recreations that have become the signature of National Geographic Channel, the show will bring to life Armstrong’s saga for viewers. Interviews with members of Armstrong’s inner circle, including fellow riders like Tyler Hamilton and Armstrong’s personal assistant Emma O’Reilly, will shock audiences with first-hand accounts of the world-renowned cyclist’s enforcement of what the US Anti-Doping Agency called in a 2012 report “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”.

Lance Armstrong is famous for having won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, before he was stripped of his titles by the USADA in 2012. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 for which he had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. In 1997, the same year he was declared cancer-free, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, later renamed the Livestrong Foundation, which provides support for people diagnosed with cancer. His successes in the sport of cycling along with his courage during his struggle with cancer and his humanitarian efforts earned him the admiration of sports fans and millions around the world, who looked up to him as a hero and role model. However, he had been haunted by allegations of doping all throughout his cycling career, with former teammates and other members of his inner circle supporting those claims. In 2012, the USADA stripped Armstrong of all his titles won since August 1998 and banned him for life from competition in all sports, a decision that the World Anti-Doping Agency accepted in October 2012 and Armstrong chose not to contest. In January 2013, he publicly admitted in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey that he had committed doping offenses during his cycling career.

This year marks the 100th Tour de France, which will run from June 29 to July 21 2013. The race will span 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,360km (before ratification). Considered the most prestigious cycling race in the world, the Tour de France is fighting to recover its glory and integrity in the wake of the downfall of its most celebrated champion, Lance Armstrong. Learn his story by catching “CYCLING’S GREATEST FRAUD:  The Rise and Fall of Lance Armstrong” at 9 PM on June 30, only on National Geographic Channel.


Percy Jackson

Based on the best-selling book, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters, they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” opens August 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Tyson son of Poseidon


Clarisse daughter of Ares


Annabeth daughter of Athena


Grover Lord of the Wild


cameron diaz & penelope cruz THE COUNSELOR

From Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott comes “The Counselor” starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy, “The Counselor” follows lawyer (Fassbender) who he decides to get involved in a drug deal worth millions. Thinking that his involvement in the deal with a friend (Bardem) and a drug broker (Pitt) will never suck him down, he soon learns that such decision will lead him on a desperate trail of survival.

michael fassbender THE COUNSELOR

“The Counselor” will open November 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

View the teaser trailer here:

Before Midnight Review: Love of Jesse and Celine Continue

Before Midnight

The love sequel starts 18 years ago when Jesse (Ethan Hawke) from Texas picks up Celine (Julie Delpy) from Paris on the Eurail. She’s a grad student at the Sorbonne, and he’s an aimless dropout heading home in the a.m. The twenty-something connect – at least enough for Jesse to persuade Celine to join him for a few hours in Vienna, Austria. The relationship starts there and they don’t if it will grow forever. This is the scene way back 1995 in the first sequel “Before Sunrise” that sneaks up on you the way love sneaks up on Jesse and Celine.

After 9 years of Before Sunrise, the sequel of Jesse and Celine love story made a new comeback known as “Before Sunset”(2004). This time, love has found its own way to reunite the two. Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) bump into each other in Paris at a reading from his new novel. Shocked but delighted to see each other, they spend the next few hours before he has to fly home. Jesse and Celine spent time in Paris and reminisced their past until they showed up new light on their relationship. Before Sunset, made again a unfinished business between the two. Well, need to deal on the next sequel of this epic love story in order to know what will happen on their relationship.

Before Sunrise
Before Sunrise (1995)

And this year, another 9 years after the “Before Sunset”; Jesse and Celine grows up in their relationship. This time, they need to work on how to ease the life of being in the middle ages. The couple provides the real situation of couple in the real world. I imagined myself and my wife dealing on every issue when we are already at middle age. Yes, this new sequel of Jesse and Celine Love story can inspired every individual on dealing in their relationship up to they’re getting older. Family issues and mode swings of both couple might be a big interest on this third franchise.

Just like the first two sequel, the movie “Before Midnight” is full of love, fun, drama and romances. Yes, it is a movie. Yes, it is fiction. But from the very first frame of 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” and continuing through to 2004’s “Before Sunset” and now “Before Midnight,” Jesse and Celine haven’t really behaved like characters in a movie romance. As a result, these films haven’t felt at all like your standard movie romances. They are in Greece this time, and they once more do a considerable amount of walking and talking as they and their relationship continue to evolve.

Before Sunset
Before Sunset (2004)

There’s a definite feeling here of dropping in on old friends. After all, by now we really do feel as if we know the arty Jesse and the independent-minded Celine. At the same time, though, we get a subtle transformation in tone from the previous films.

“Before Midnight” is still about two people struggling to reconcile reality with the romantic ideals that have been hammered into their brains by fairy tales and Disney films over their 40-plus years on Earth. It’s also still built around long, meandering shots that take place in cars, at tables or along ancient streets.

This is not a typical romantic movie that you can dwells on many scenes, ups and downs, etc. This movie has only 9 scenes that you can be inspired and feel the dialogues just like normal conversation in everyday life. Spoiler mode: The Scenes are in the Airport, in the Car, Convenient Store, playing football in the front yard, conversation in the backyard, conversation in the kitchen, lunch conversation, walking in the ancient streets, and in the hotel. After 9 years of “Before Sunset” they brought us 9 memorable scenes of “Before midnight” that  touches our hearts.

before midnight
Before Midnight (2013)

The best thing in this movie is; you can learn how to handle a relationship despite of the mood swing and other behaviours when you are in the middle age. Love might not be perfect but at the end of the day or before midnight, you promise each other to start another stage of relationship.

“Before Midnight” is showing in the Philippines on July 10 in all theatres nationwide.


World War Z

The Brad Pitt suspense-thriller World War Z has made a big splash at the box-office as it set the title as the actor’s best ever first weekend opening movie. Debuting in 220 screens nationwide, it  opened at #1, grossing over P88.7 M on its first weekend, despite competition from strong second week hold-over Man of Steel which had more screens.  Top 10screens were SM Mall of Asia (P3.84M), Trinoma (P3.82M), SM North Edsa (P3.55M), Newport (P3.22M),  SM Megamall (P 2.96M), Glorietta 4 (P2.85M), Greenbelt 3 (P2.61M),Alabang Town Center (P2.43M), Powerplant (P2.39M) and Eastwood (P2.16M).

The weekend receipts handily outgrossed comparative figures of previous Brad Pitt action blockbusters Mr. and Mrs Smith and Troy.  It also scored the 5th all-time highest weekend opening for a Paramount movie in the Philippines.

The heart-pounding zombie movie scored the similar records  in other Asia-Pacfiic countries like India, Vietnam,Indonesia, Malaysia&Hong Kong.Italso surpassed last weekend’s opening from Man of Steel in Malaysia (+178%) & Taiwan (+41%).In total, WORLD WAR Z has so far taken home an incredible $31,479,178 from Asia Pacific aloneand $47,051,370 internationally in its first five days of release.

In the Philippines, the title is expected to hit over P180 Million on its second week with continued strong word of mouth and repeat views still promising a long run.



‘WORLD WAR Z’ is released and distributed by United International Pictures

through  Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing in over 140 theatres nationwide.