Saturday, January 23, 2021

Critically-acclaimed horror film starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith & Glaiza de Castro begins streaming on January 29 via UPSTREAM


 

“Midnight In a Perfect World,” a horror film starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Glaiza de Castro is set for worldwide and exclusive release on UPSTREAM.ph beginning January 29, 2021.

 

The top-selling film of QCinema International Film Festival 2020 is a production of Globe Studios and Epicmedia Productions.

 

The movie is set in a futuristic and seemingly perfect Metro Manila where blackouts happen nightly and people disappear mysteriously. The only way to survive -- hide in safe houses without windows.

 

Jasmine plays “Mimi” and Glaiza as “Jinka”. Both are convinced, the weird events are a hoax even as they find themselves caught in a blackout. As the plot thickens, they discover what really lurks in the strange darkness, that is if they make it out alive.

 

Joining Glaiza and Jasmine in the cast are Anthony Falcon, Dino Pastrano and Bing Pimentel.

 

Filmmaker Dodo Dayao is the writer and director of “Midnight In a Perfect World,” his second full-length feature film.

 

During the limited run in late 2020, the horror movie had a world premiere in QCinema’s Before Midnight Section where it became one of the most watched and most-talked-about films. Critics described it as “one of the best of the year,” “disorienting,” “intense” and “well put together.”

 

In messages posted on their respective Instagram accounts, the female stars highlighted the specialness and timeliness of their project.

 




“So thrilled that ‘Midnight In a Perfect World’ is streaming,” said Glaiza. “Ang masasabi ko lang… hindi maisasa telebisyon ang rebolusyon,” the actress added translating American poet and musician Gil Scott- Heron who performed the song “Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

 



Jasmine, meanwhile, invited her followers to get lost and scared in the haunting universe they have created. She said, “Let us guide you in the world of random blackouts, curfews, running from the you-know-whos and figuring out what kind of trip this is all about.”

 

Considered as two of the bravest and most versatile actresses of their generation, Jasmine and Glaiza are known to take unconventional projects that challenge their comfort zones. This latest collaboration highlights that fact. “Midnight In a Perfect World” is their first horror film together.

 

Midnight in a Perfect World is now available for advance booking at bit.ly/midnightinaperfectworld.

 

For details and updates, follow UPSTREAM.ph and Globe Studios social media pages /globestusiosph on Facebook and Twitter and @globestudios on Instagram, and follow @midnightinaperfectworldfilm on Instagram.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Stars Align in Gloc-9’s Macho Rap Music Video

In our current reality, music videos serve as welcome — if not essential — partners for many fans that miss the excitement of live performances.  Admit it, casting them on a TV screen in order to sing and dance our hearts out to our favorite tunes within the comforts of our own homes made things slightly more tolerable. 


As such, the drop of OPM rap icon Gloc-9’s “Macho Rap” music video was a much welcome zing to wrap up one of the most surreal years ever. The very first jingle of the iconic brand Mang Tomas All Around Sarsa offered a delicious respite from 2020 and a joyous salubong to the shimmering promises of 2021. 


Gloc-9 and Lira’s bouncy, LSS inducing jam is further escalated by iconic father and son tandem of Benjie and Andre Paras with their impeccable comedic timing. 


“Shooting this video was such a joy, syempre lalo na dahil may handa para sa amin,” said Benjie, “In the Paras household, we love how Mang Tomas instantly makes any ulam something special. It doesn’t matter if it’s liempo, lechon manok, or even pinritong isda o kaya itlog, Mang Tomas makes every ulam a macho ganado feast.”


Their unabashed appreciation for all the dishes lathered with Mang Tomas goodness made working on the music video more enjoyable.  


“While doing the MV taping, we really got to taste for ourselves what makes Mang Tomas an all-around sarsa,” reveals Benjie, “Nagustuhan ko yung chicken, si Andre naman yung liempo. Kahit even before kapag nagshoshoot kami dati for Mang Tomas,” said Benjie. “Kasi di ba bagong luto tapos ang crunchy, tapos isasawsaw mo pa sya sa Mang Tomas.”

When asked if dubbing along to Gloc-9’s rapid-fire flow was a challenge, the father-son tandem asserts that it surprisingly wasn’t.


“Nung una, akala ko mahihirapan akong sabayan ang rap ni Gloc-9,” said Benjie. “Pero kayang-kaya naman pala!”




Amplifying things further is the guest appearance of Kat Galang, popular comedic and indie film actress. Her penchant for theatrics adds a perfect punch to the already bouncy, happy vibe of the video.  Admittedly, it was a bit nerve-wracking for Kat to lip sync in front of Gloc-9 himself.


“At first, I was a bit tense because it's a lot of pressure to do the rap song when you know that the original composer and the rapper of the song are both on the set,” said Kat.” But, the directors were very helpful and patient, so that made it a lot easier for me.” 


Kat is quick to admit that she really outdid herself when it came to sampling all the Mang Tomas dishes available during the shoot. 


“Mang Tomas has been my favorite sauce in meals since I was a kid so collaborating with this brand is such a blessing,” reveals Kat, “I could never say no to the free lumpiang shanghai and Mang Tomas combo that was on set! This is definitely one of the best prods I've ever worked with!”









To complement the music video, Mang Tomas and NutriAsia also launched the #MachoRapChallenge, where users are spurred to post their own lip-sync dubs of Gloc-9’s Macho Rap on TikTok—just like the Paras duo. As of this writing, TikToks with the #MachoRapChallenge have reached over 1.7 million total views.



But for those willing to go the extra mile, Mang Tomas is mounting the #MangTomasPinakaMachoRap cover contest. All interested Mang Tomas enthusiasts have to do is upload their cover of Macho Rap on Facebook or YouTube with the hashtag #MangTomasPinakaMachoRap for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with Gloc-9 himself. The deadline for contest submissions is on January 31, 2021, and the winners will be announced on February 15, 2021.


Macho Rap is available for streaming on all digital platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, and Youtube Music in 240 countries worldwide. Follow Mang Tomas on Facebook and Instagram for more details.

TV5’s ‘John En Ellen’ Brings New Generation Family Comedy to Weekend TV

A new kind of family entertainment is set to fill your Sunday night TV bonding with laughter and life lessons as TV5 launches John En Ellen, produced by Cignal Entertainment. It is a sitcom for the new generation of viewers which premieres this Sunday, January 24.


John En Ellen is top-billed by John Estrada and Ellen Adarna, who will portray the show’s titular couple. The show follows the story of John Lennon Kulantong (John Estrada) and his wife Ellen Kulantong (Ellen Adarna), who beat the odds together and live out their promise to stay together “through thick and thin” despite the countless obstacles they have to deal with as a couple.

Top Up and Transfer for a Chance to Win ₱10,000 at the ShopeePay Cashless Festival

ShopeePay users can also redeem exclusive rewards such as free shipping, coins cashback, and more this January 21-28, 2021

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, launches its first-ever ShopeePay Cashless Festival this January 21-28, 2021. Shoppers who use ShopeePay can enjoy free shipping, coins cashback, a chance to win 10,000, and more exclusive rewards during the promo period.


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “With the launch of our inaugural ShopeePay Cashless Festival, Shopee encourages more consumers to adopt digital payments for a safer, more rewarding, and seamless shopping experience. Filipinos are slowly embracing a more cashless lifestyle, and Shopee is excited to be at the forefront of this evolution. We remain committed to providing easy access to a wide range of digital payment options such as ShopeePay to cater to Filipinos’ evolving needs.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Smart boosts your K-Life with weekly exclusive streaming of M COUNTDOWN


Legions of Filipino K-pop fans will now have something new to tune into every week as mobile services provider Smart is set to launch the exclusive streaming of M COUNTDOWN playing the hottest K-pop songs from their favorite groups live from South Korea!

 

M COUNTDOWN is an iconic K-POP chart show provided by Korea’s leading music channel Mnet. Smart subscribers will now find out, in real time, which songs rule the charts and how long these chart-toppers get to sit on the countdown throne as the M COUNTDOWN presents chart-topping K-pop music, as well as new singles and comebacks.

 

Smart is streaming the K-Life on the Gigafest.Smart starting January 21, and will air the show live every Thursday at 5 p.m. with replays at 9 p.m.

2020 MMFF MOVIES PREMIERE ON SKY MOVIES PAY-PER-VIEW

 Featuring "Suarez: The Healing Priest" and "Pakboys Takusa"


Filipinos who missed the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival will get another chance to catch two of the season’s featured movies—"Suarez: The Healing Priest" and "Pakboys Takusa"—as SKY Movies Pay-Per-View offers the MMFF Bundle, starting January 22 (Friday).

Recipient of the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, "Suarez: The Healing Priest" depicts the true-to-life story of a renowned Catholic faith healer, the late Father Fernando Suarez, portrayed by critically acclaimed actor John Arcilla. 

Award-winning film YELLOW ROSE premieres in the Philippines this January 29

The world gets a chance to witness a timely story of pursuing one’s passion despite struggles as Star Cinema brings the film ‘Yellow Rose’ to various streaming platforms this January 29 following its festival route.


Starring Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee Eva Noblezada, award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, local icon Princess Punzalan and Tony Award®-winner and Grammy®-nominee Lea Salonga, the film revolves around a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.

Leanne and Naara explore life in their 20s with Daybreak The Podcast

THE greatest thing about being an adult is that you get to be the master of your own life.  You make decisions for yourself; you decide which path to take, you get to buy the things that you like. But who really likes adulting? Adulthood is full of little messes that you're supposed to clean up by yourself, and figuring out how to navigate all that can be exhausting. With Leanne and Naara's podcast, we don't have to go through it alone.


From Warner Music Philippines comes the newest adulting series Daybreak The Podcast, where hosts Leanne and Naara talk about music and life in their 20s with special guests Shaira Luna, Jungee Marcelo, and Warner Music Indonesia's Rahmania Astrini among others. Daybreak is the space where the duo asked and answered questions about making career decisions, seizing opportunities, and appreciating things that you gain despite the circumstances.

NEWEST BOYS’ LOVE TANDEM GIVES ALL THE FEELS IN THAI SERIES “A TALE OF THOUSAND STARS” ON iWANTTFC

 Free streaming in PH and simulcast premiere with Thailand starting January 29

 

Pinoy boys’ love fans can look forward to another heartwarming Thai drama on iWantTFC as it premieres “A Tale of Thousand Stars,” which streams for free in the Philippines as it simulcasts in Thailand starting January 29.

 

Featuring the fresh team-up of Thai stars Earth Pirapat and Mix Sahaphap, “A Tale of Thousand Stars” will drop new episodes every Friday on iWantTFC in both its Filipino-dubbed version at 9:30 PM and original Thai version with English subtitles at 10:30 PM.

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