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LIFESTYLE TV JOLTS JULY WITH FIVE EXCITING NEW SHOWS

Lifestyle TV updates its roster of wellness and entertainment titles with the premiere of culinary talk show “The Kitchen,” Indian-themed fitness program “Bollyfit,” riotous reality TV series “My Fab 40 th ,” celebrity news show “Hollywood News Feed,” and comedy hit series “Playing House” this July.

THE GAME HAS CHANGED IN “JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” TRAILER

The game has changed, but the legend continues. Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has just debuted its international trailer which may be viewed here. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale,  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  soon in Philippine cinemas.

CHARO SANTOS-CONCIO’S BOOK “MY JOURNEY: THE STORY OF AN UNEXPECTED LEADER,” NOW A CERTIFIED BESTSELLER

The memoir-leadership manual of ABS-CBN’s chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, entitled “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader,” has won over readers, topping the list of Powerbooks’ non-fiction bestsellers among Philippine publications for the month of May. The master storyteller on television with the longest running drama anthology “MMK” has now made her mark as a notable storyteller in print through her book which spans her childhood up to her retirement as president and CEO of ABS-CBN.

CHEF TATUNG’S “PHILIPPINE COOKERY: FROM HEART TO PLATTER” WINS BEST COOKBOOK AWARD

Chef Tatung Sarthou’s ode to Philippine cuisine, “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter” by ABS-CBN Publishing, was named "Best TV Chef Book Outside Europe” by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held recently in Yantai, China. “This is the first book, and certainly not the last of the celebrity chef. It is really good, interesting, useful and practical,” Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury for the Gourmand Awards, earlier said of Chef Tatung’s book in a 2016 press release.

Beliebers rejoice with Justin Bieber's PH Comeback

Beliebers rejoice as the Canadian superstar, Justin Bieber will be coming back for a concert! He held his last concert in 2011 whose memories are still fresh on us. He comforted the Yolanda victims in 2013 and showed the world that we are one in facing life's challenges. And this September 30, he's coming back for his Purpose Tour! It will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, and I'm eyeing to get the VIP ticket. (oh pleasseeeee!) The Filipinos were delighted with his upcoming concert that  “#PurposeTourMNL” made it to the top trending topics in the country when  its promoter, MMI Live, tweeted the official announcement. Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour, Live in Manila ticket prices are outlined below and will start selling on July 9:  VIP Standing – Php17,850  Lower Box A Premium – Php15,750  Lower Box A Regular – Php12,600  Lower Box B Premium – Php10,500  Lower Box B Regular – Php8,400  Upper Box A – Php5,250  Upper Box B Premium – Php4,2

TONY STARK MENTORS PETER PARKER IN “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING”

Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark takes Peter Parker (Tom Holland) under his wing in Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming,  the new action-adventure that brings Spider-Man of the comic books to the screen alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes for the first time. Spider-Man: Homecoming  picks up the action directly following the epic battle scene of  Captain America: Civil War , with Tony Stark returning “underoos” back home to Queens.

Myx TV GM Miguel Santos Moderates Panel at 3AF 2017 Asian Marketing Summit

From left,  Brian Lee, founder of the New York-based Nomad Amory , a digital media company specializing in short form video publishing.  The company launched its first brand,  FOMO Daily which specializes in English language video content around Asian pop culture ;  Popular broadcast journalist, writer and editor Emil Guillermo , whose former “Amok” column in AsianWeek was considered to be the most widely read column on Asian American issues; and  New America Media Director for National Media Network Odette Keeley  who directs high-level projects for NAM, were the panelists for  “English Speaking Asian Media: Presence and Persistence = Progress”  at the recently held  3AF Asian Marketing Summit held in Koreatown in Los Angeles .

Arnel Pineda: The 50th Birthday Concert

Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Surprise performances await both the audience and the artist himself.  With acclaimed video and event director Paul Basinillo at the helm, the night will surely create lasting impressions for those in attendance.

SEXUAL TENSION, BROKEN TABOOS IN NEW THRILLER “THE BEGUILED”

Focus Features presents  The Beguiled , an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola and starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Adapted from the novel by Thomas Cullinan,  The Beguiled  is a sexually charged tale that unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

WATCH AN EXTENDED SNEAK PEEK OF “THE DARK TOWER”

First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire. From the epic best-selling Stephen King novels, comes Columbia Pictures'  The Dark Tower , starring Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Check out an exclusive extended sneak peek of  The Dark Tower  here and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting  August 30, 2017 .

EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH THE NEW TRAILER OF “THE EMOJI MOVIE”

The new trailer for Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated family comedy  The Emoji Movie  has just been launched and may be viewed here. In Philippine cinemas starting August 23, 2017,  The Emoji Movie  is the new animated adventure that unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. 

40TH GAWAD URIAN NOMINATIONS REVEALED

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has announced the nominees for the country’s much-awaited film award recognition, the 40 th  Gawad Urian, happening on July 20 at ABS-CBN’s Studio 10 and will be airing live on Cinema One. Leading this year’s list is the film “Women of the Weeping River” produced by Southern Lantern Studios, Haut Lesmains and TBA, with 12 nominations including best picture and best direction for Sheron Dayoc. “Paglipay,” produced by Milagros Ong How, follows with 11 nominations. “Ma’ Rosa,” from Centerstage Productions and Solar Pictures, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” produced by Found Films, Quantum Films and Cinemalaya Foundation, and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, all have 9 nominations. 

“PUSONG LIGAW” HUNK JOEM BASCON AND NCAA MVP JOHNVIC DE GUZMAN GO BACK-TO-BACK ON “SPORTS U.”

Kapamilya hunk Joem Bascon shares the wonders of Functional Training while volleyball star Johnvic De Guzman shows his passion for volleyball this Thursday (June 29) on “Sports U” on ABS-CBN. Host Dyan Castillejo will find out how the “Pusong Ligaw” star is able to stay fit and healthy despite a busy work schedule. 

NEW “BABY DRIVER” FEATURETTE ON ANSEL ELGORT'S LIFE, LOVE...AND EMOJI

He is everybody's Baby! Watch the newly released featurette from Columbia Pictures'  Baby Driver  at and be captivated by lead star Ansel Elgort's charm. Baby Driver  is the critically acclaimed action comedy from director Edgar Wright ( The World's End ). The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver who suffers from a hearing impairment that requires him to listen to music in order to drown out the humming noise.

“CARS 3” RACES TO THE SCREEN FOR SERIES' BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET

Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen in Disney-Pixar’s  Cars 3  -- but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. “The next-gen racers are cool,” says  Cars 3  director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.” Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight till the end?”

“HAPPY DEATH DAY” TEASER POSTER MAKES A DEADLY CUT

The first poster for the new suspense thriller  Happy Death Day  has just been unveiled by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The film is co-written and directed by Christopher Landon ( Scouts' Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse ). Check out the film's teaser one-sheet art here and watch  Happy Death Day  in Philippine cinemas on  Oct. 11, 2017 .

“SPIDER-MAN” COMES HOME TO MCU IN A FUN-FILLED ACTION-ADVENTURE

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure  Spider-Man: Homecoming  (in Philippine cinemas  Thursday, July 6 .) Marvel’s crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in  Captain America: Civil War  last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

“FLATLINERS” LAUNCHES POSTER WITH INTRIGUING TAGLINE

“You haven’t lived until you’ve died,” or so proclaims the intriguing tagline in the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures new suspense thriller  Flatliners  that’s just been released by the studio.  The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton. Check out the one-sheet art here and watch  Flatliners  soon in Philippine cinemas.  

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Watch Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical Production of Disney’s Newsies

Get ready to seize the day! After the spectacular success of American Idiot and A Christmas Carol , Globe Live is again partnering with 9 Works Theatrical to bring Disney’s Broadway classic Newsies to the Philippines. “We’re excited because Globe Live has been granted rights to be the first to stage Disney’s Newsies in the Philippines”, says Executive Producer of Globe Live, Joe Caliro. “This is a reflection of how committed we are to bring world-class productions to Filipino audiences. The way our previous productions were received by the public shows that there is a strong clamor for good theater.” Before you catch the Newsies when they hit the stage at the Globe ICONIC Amphitheater in July, here are 10 things you need to know about this extravaganza:

THE BELLAS GO TO `WAR’ IN FIRST “PITCH PERFECT 3” TRAILER

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for the musical comedy  Pitch Perfect 3 , the upcoming sequel that reunites the Barden Bellas post-graduation. Watch the trailer here. Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in  Pitch Perfect 3,  the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

Ed Sheeran tops the first-ever Billboard Philippines Hot 100, while local singer Inigo Pascual leads the Billboard Philippine Top 20.

Billboard ’s charts have expanded to the Philippines. Billboard Philippines (“BillboardPH”) recently premiered (June 12) the country’s first rankings reflecting local music consumption. Using localized on-demand streaming data from global services Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, plus download track sales from iTunes, BillboardPH’s new charts provide the most accurate representation of music popularity in the Philippines.

MERYL STREEP, JEFF BRIDGES CLASH IN “THE GIVER” ON TAG TV

Surge into an age of injections and structured living in the soft sci-fi drama “The Giver,” starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges together with Australian actor Brendon Thwaites, on Tag TV’s “Movie Blowout” this Saturday (June 24). The 2014 American star-studded title includes cast members Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, and Taylor Swift.

FOREIGN HEIST THRILLER “TO STEAL FROM A THIEF” BUSTS IN CINEMA ONE THIS SUNDAY

Witness a supposedly clear-cut bank heist that turned awry in the enraging Spanish-Argentine crime thriller “To Steal from a Thief” (Cien Años de Perdón), Cinema One’s blockbuster treat  this Sunday  ( June 25 ). The suspenseful robbery movie, dubbed in Filipino, is about six armed bandits who has one specific mission: to attack a bank in Valencia, Spain.

ABS-CBN Foundation Europe to hold telethon for London Grenfell Tower fire victims

Photo 5- Filipina survivor Nida Mangoba recounts the tragic morning in an interview with Buenafe, as seen in a report on “The World Tonight.” ABS-CBN Foundation Europe CIO  joins public and private support for the victims of the massive fire that hit the 24-storey residential London Grenfell Tower in West London on June 14, by organizing the eight-hour “Operation Sagip Telethon: A Bayanihan For the Victims of the London Grenfell Tower Fire” on  June 25  starting at  1 p.m. , London time.  Driven by the Filipino tradition of community spirit or  bayanihan,  ABS-CBN Europe Foundation is making a call for donations not only in United Kingdom (UK) but from all over Europe, for the residents affected by the fire, via the hotline  +44 (0) 2072444520 .

TEASER POSTER REVEALED FOR “JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM”

Universal Pictures has just launched the teaser poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World. The poster sports the tagline, “Life finds a way.”

"TRENDING WITH KELLY" RETURNS WITH NEW SEASON ON ANC

Model and TV host Kelly Misa-Fernandez is back to deliver the latest trends and topics concerning today’s generation with the launch of the new show, “Trending with Kelly” starting  July 2 ,  Sunday  at  9:30pm  on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. Formerly “#trendingNOW”,  the revamped lifestyle program promises to empower viewers with features on trends in beauty, health, fashion, food, travel, science, technology, and the arts that will inform, inspire, and engage people to live out their own life goals and aspirations.

GOLD AND PLATINUM RECORD AWARDS PRESENTED TO PAROKYA NI EDGAR ON ASAP PINOY

Once again,  Parokya ni Edgar   have proven that they are indeed the "Pambansang Banda ng Bayan" when they received not just one but two awards last Sunday on ASAP noontime show. The first recognition is a  Gold Record for their 10th album "Pogi Years Old"  which includes the hits "Lagi Mong Tatandaan," "Sing," (a collab with Rico Blanco) among others. The second award is a  Platinum Record for "Bente"  a compilation album featuring all their chartbusting singles that have dominated the airwaves over the years, which also includes two new songs.

The new FOX Movies launches with screening of 52 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters

Home to the most popular and critically acclaimed films in the Philippines, Star Movies officially changes to FOX Movies on 10 June 2017. To celebrate, FOX Movies will show 52 blockbuster movie titles for 52 nights, beginning 10 June to 31 July. Tune in for an exclusive nightly line-up of the best Hollywood hits, including 24 blockbuster film premieres airing on the small screen for the very first time. FOX Movies is the place where viewers can expect incredible. The channel is dedicated to providing first-run and exclusive content through an unmatched entertainment experience. From Hollywood blockbusters, award winners, epic franchise to the biggest hits, FOX Movies brings you everything you want and more.

Chikkaness Staycation: The Peak at Canyon Woods

My mom is in town for her appointment at the US Embassy for her visa and we decided to have a quick weekend staycation. Early this year, I attended a travel expo and was able to score a great deal for a lower price at The Peak at Canyon Woods Tagaytay. It was just so perfect to cool down from the heat of summer. I booked a week earlier and good thing there was still an available room good for four to accommodate us. We stroll around Tagaytay in the morning first and headed to Caleruega for quick nature encounter. Then, we went to Canyon Woods to check in. I forgot to bring my voucher but good thing that I sent a photocopy to them early that week and they were kind enough to accept it. So it was a hassle free check in for us. The area is surrounded with trees and flowers. It's like you're living at the top of the hill. Feeling haciendera ang dating! There were neighboring houses, maybe from the rich people who chose to have their rest house in Canyon Woods. It ha

NEW “ANNABELLE: CREATION” TRAILER HERALDS NEW CHAPTER IN THE CONJURING UNIVERSE

Experience the next chapter in The Conjuring Universe. Watch the new trailer New Line Cinema's  Annabelle: Creation  here. In Philippine cinemas starting  Thursday, August 10 ,  Annabelle: Creation  has David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful  Annabelle , which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on  The Conjuring  movies.

Chikkaness Staycation: Marco Polo Ortigas

For accountants, the busiest days of the month comes during month-end because we need to close accounting books and ensure that the financial accounts are properly stated. The May month-end was the same as that of others but I just felt that I need to unwind and give myself a break not just from work but also from the pressures in life. I just wanted to enjoy the luxury of having to bond with myself and think through on my priorities for the second half of the year. I booked myself for an overnight stay at Marco Polo Ortigas hotel to enjoy a 5-star experience because I have living a life worthy of 5-star compensation. Naks!  Sweet tooth satisfied as I enjoy a selection of tasty pastries, sandwiches and desserts at the Connect Lounge of #MarcoPoloOrtigas #ChikkanessStaycation #TravelBlogger #ChikkanessLovesMarcoPolo #ChikkanessTravels A post shared by Albert Bryan aka GIRL (@chikkanessave) on Jun 5, 2017 at 3:16am PDT I arrived at around 3pm and was receiv

NINJAS ASSEMBLE IN “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” MAIN POSTER

Find the Ninja within  ya  in the main one-sheet art of Warner Animation Group’s  The LEGO Ninjago Movie , a new animated adventure in Warner’s LEGO franchise. Take a look at the poster here and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting  September 27, 2017 .

Chikkaness Reviews "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah dela Cruz"

A troubled cop named RUTH has just moved into a small town when she witnesses a young girl named LEAH jump out of her balcony. Gossip is spread and suspicions are raised as to why it happened and who should be blamed. Fingers are pointed at the nanny, Rosario and the guidance counselor, Sis. Eloiza, who were seen performing suspicious acts to the young girl. As Leah’s odd behavior escalates and Rosario dies a gruesome death, Ruth jumps on the case and scrambles to put the pieces together. However, the investigation takes a darker turn when Leah’s possession is revealed and sinister connections between the people closest to her come bubbling to the surface. Soon, the devil’s influence takes hold of not just Leah but also Ruth and everyone else around her. It's very critical that a film meets the expectation or exceeds it when you provide moviegoers with a good trailer, and I'm glad that " Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz " did that. It did not make use of a ha