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The History of Immortality: An in-dept journey to the backstory of ‘Altered Carbon’

Photo courtesy of Netflix. How did we arrive at the future that is depicted in Altered Carbon ? It may not be as far-fetched as you might initially think. In fact, the seeds for identity- and mortality-defying technology may already exist today... Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this short documentary will take you to a journey where we are discussing the history of immortality and the redefinition of identity from the eyes of the experts.

Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

Myx TV , the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, scored a milestone this January.   Netflix  has ordered two seasons of the show,  “Eat Your Words” , Myx TV’s food competition show that challenges participants to recreate dishes that they didn’t enjoy at a given restaurant. “We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” said Myx TV General Manager  Miguel Santos .  “Myx TV has been producing reality shows of late that are out of the box and out of the ordinary.  We offer a different palette of storytelling, perspective and experience that appeal across the board and I’m glad that Netflix saw something new and special in one of our works.”

Alvin Patrimonio Boosting The Captain Within

(L-R: Elmer P. Despi, President; Gemma Rivera, Network Development Director; Ohara S. Lee, Executive Vice President; and Alvin Patrimonio, Pyoorboost Brand Ambassador) Keeping up with a busy lifestyle becomes a challenge as we age. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes difficult when we become complacent with our eating choices and the several activities that we need to attend to. In a fast-paced world, having a sustainable energy that will keep us from being focused and passionate is key so we could achieve the desires of our hearts.  On its 2018 Kick-Off Party last January 29, 2018 held at the Glass Gardens Events Place, we were introduced to their Pyoorboost Capsules brand ambassador, Alvin "The Captain" Patrimonio. I was delighted to see him as he was my crush during my elementary years and he hasn't changed that much physically. He's still the handsome, soft-spoken and vigorous basketball player that I admired for years. Alvin, 51, shared that takin

Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! Features 120 OPM Artists

Another year, another round of making history in OPM! Rakrakan Festival just keep on getting BIGGER, LOUDER and BOLDER! And there’s no stopping it! Get ready for a more diverse OPM selection, more stages to enjoy and of course, a whole lot of new activities to experience at the vast Aseana City Concert Grounds on February 24, 2018 for  Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna!  This year, we will be featuring 120 OPM artists, 6 Stages, a skateboarding exhibition and competition, Live Art contests joined by top universities, merch exhibit and many other thrilling activities.

TIMOTHEE CHALAMET, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE IN “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME”

At 22, Timothée Chalamet becomes the youngest Oscar Best Actor nominee in 74 years, and he gets this distinction for his performance in Sony Pictures Classic's heartwrenching love story, Call Me By Your Name. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is the heady awakening of a 17-year old young man’s first passion. When Elio (Chalamet) falls for Oliver (Armie Hammer), the charismatic 24 year-old graduate student staying at his parents’ villa in northern Italy, it sets in motion an experience that will linger with both of them forever.

“FIFTY SHADES FREED” - DAKOTA JOHNSON WILL SEE YOU NOW

She has become one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising stars, playing the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the feature adaptations of E L James’ novels and worldwide phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. Now, Dakota Johnson reprises her role as Ana in Universal Pictures' explosive romantic thriller  Fifty Shades Freed  (in Philippine cinemas  February 7 ). In the film, believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

MERYL STREEP BREAKS OWN RECORD FOR MOST OSCAR NOMS WITH “THE POST”

For almost 40 years Meryl Streep, has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path. She has won three Academy Awards and just days ago, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 21st Academy Award nomination for her role in Steven Spielberg's,  The Post  (in Philippine cinemas  February 21 ). Marking their historic, first-ever on-screen collaboration,  Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in  The Post , a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

AWARD-WINNING FILM “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” TACKLES MOM’S UNDYING LOVE ON FEB. 14

One of this year’s highly-acclaimed film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will finally open in the Philippines on  February 14  in select cinemas – Eastwood, Shangri-La Mall, Century Mall, Commerce Mall, Festival Mall, Fisher Mall and Fora in Tagaytay. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

“ALONG WITH THE GODS,” KOREA’S MOST EXPENSIVE PRODUCTION WILL OPEN ON FEBRUARY 7 IN PHILIPPINE THEATERS

Discover   a world that is neither heaven nor hell, and where there is life after death,   in the much-anticipated Korean fantasy movie of   2018, ALONG WITH   THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS. ALONG WITH THE GODS is Korea’s most expensive production and it will be released in 2 parts. Based on the hit webcomic   with the same title, it follows   the story of a firefighter named Ja-Hong who died in the line of duty while trying to save a little girl. In Purgatory, he meets   his 3 Afterlife guardians – Kang-Lim, Hewonmak   and Deok-choon   who will defend and help him go through 7 different   Trials of Sin in order to be reincarnated. At the same time, the Afterlife guardians were also promised reincarnation by the ruler of the Afterlife, King Yeomra   if they successfully defend 49 souls for reincarnation. Ja-Hong is their 48th   client.   Ja-Hong's journey to the 7 Trials of Sin is disrupted by his dead brother Su-Hong's Vengeful Spirit. Su-Hong died 2 weeks before his mil

“WILDFLOWER” GIVES PH PRIMETIME TV ITS WILDEST ENDING

Lily teaches viewers courage and resilience… ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Wildflower” is about to end its yearlong run with its ‘wildest ending’ happening next week. With Raul (Wendell Ramos), Helena (Zsazsa Padilla), and Arnaldo (RK Bagatsing), out of the picture, Lily (Maja Salvador) appears to have the upper hand in her mission to get the Ardientes off their high horses and finally set the people of Poblacion Ardiente free from their deception and abuses. But Julio (Tirso Cruz III), together with Emilia (Aiko Melendez), will not give up without a fight and will make sure Lily will pay for everything that she did.

MARVEL'S “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP” TRAILER BRINGS ON THE ACTION

Real heroes. Not actual size. Marvel Studios has just revealed the brand-new trailer for  Ant-Man and the Wasp  starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp. Check out the trailer at  https://youtu.be/8_rTIAOohas  and watch  Ant-Man and the Wasp  in Philippine cinemas  July 4 .

“OCEAN’S” TRILOGY DIRECTOR STEVEN SODERBERGH SHOT NEW FILM “UNSANE” USING iPHONE

From Steven Soderbergh, director of highly-successful heist trilogy “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s 13” comes his latest horror thriller “Unsane” starring Claire Foy (Netflix’s The Crown) about a woman who was involuntarily confined to a mental institution after failing to prove to the authorities that she is being followed by a digital stalker.  Within the asylum, she gets to confront her greatest fear – is it real or is it a delusion? 

NEW STAR MUSIC ARTISTS INTRODUCE FRESH TUNES

Agsunta, JC, Migz, Miko & Gab, and Natsumi break OPM ground ABS-CBN’s record label Star Music reveals the fresh music offerings of its new artists -- the fast-rising Agsunta band, actor JC Santos, acoustic singer Migz Haleco, singing duo Miko and Gab, and Filipino-Japanese artist Natsumi Saito.

ABS-CBN LAUNCHES THE “LA LUNA SANGRE FILTER APP”

Coco ventures into mobile app dev’t, partners with ABS-CBN Enter the “La Luna Sangre” world of Tristan and Malia through the new “La Luna Sangre Filter” application as ABS-CBN officially launched this exciting digital app in partnership with Cosyn Mediatech. The new app “La Luna Sangre Filter” is another exciting way of bringing well-loved characters of the hit primetime action series such as Daniel Padilla’s inked enigma Tristan, Kathryn Bernardo’s prophesized “chosen one” Malia, and even Richard Gutierrez’s vile and vicious Sandrino to the mobile world.

KNOWLEDGE CHANNEL'S "MATHDALI" INTRODUCES 12 NEW EPISODES

"Goin Bulilit" stars join Igi Boy Flores on new math adventures "MathDali," Knowledge Channel's educational TV show that makes learning math fun and easy, has introduced 12 new short-form episodes to complement the show's first season. The first four episodes are hosted by actor-comedian Igi Boy Flores. The new episodes follow a successful first season led by Kapamilya host and self-confessed math-geek Robi Domingo and feature relevant math lessons and strategies that adhere to the K to 12 Curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd). Kids can expect to find fun and interesting ways to solve simple to complex math challenges like measuring perimeter, identifying the area of irregular plane figures, and other topics that could often intimidate learners.

Streaming on Netflix: 'Black Lightning,' Newest Superhero Series Based on the DC Comics Character

There's a new superhero in town, and you can finally catch him on Netflix just a few hours after its episode drops in the US!  Black Lightning  is The CW's newest superhero show based on the comics of the same name by Tony Isabella. 

TAKE A PEEK AT THE NEW POSTER FOR DARK COMEDY “GAME NIGHT”

It’s all fun and games until… Check out the new poster for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's  Game   Night , an adult comedy with wild adventures, in Philippine cinemas  March 14 . Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in  Game Night  as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Mystery and friendship play out in GMA Network’s primetime series Sherlock Jr.

They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. But many times, these warm and loveable pets are so much more than that. Beginning   January 29 , GMA Network takes its viewers on a fun investigative journey with its newest primetime offering featuring a star-studded and interesting cast,  Sherlock  Jr.

RK ADMITS "WILDFLOWER" IS HIS BIGGEST BREAK

Working with Maja, dream come true for RK RK Bagatsing always treats every project he gets as his big break but playing the role of Mayor Arnaldo Ardiente-Torillo in ABS-CBN's hit primetime series "Wildflower," he admits, is the biggest so far in his career. “Who would have thought that I will end up acting with Maja, Aiko, and Tirso, and can also be called ‘pogi’ besides Joseph and Vin?” he quipped. “A few years ago, I was just going around Makati, going from one rejection to another in VTRs and auditions hoping I could land just one TVC or film project to make ends meet. That’s why I am super grateful to the show,” he added. 

To fight fake news…BMPM INTENSIFIES ITS CITIZEN JOURNALISM AND ‘MEDIA LITERACY’ CAMPAIGN

Media experts share their knowledge on media literacy and the power of information during BMPM's media literacy campaign launch ABS-CBN’s Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo” (BMPM) will continue going around the Philippines in 2018 for its intensified campaign to promote responsible use of technology and social media, and to educate people on how to analyze information received on the radio, TV, newspaper, and the internet. Last 2017, BMPM was able to go to not less than 29 locations in the country, including the hard to reach provinces of Batanes and Tawi-Tawi, to conduct workshops in citizen journalism and media literacy.

Sci-fi Adventure Series “Killjoys” Returns in New Season this February on AXN

Season 3 begins February 6, Tuesdays at 10:40pm The trio of interplanetary bounty hunters are back for more fast-paced and gripping space action and adventure in the all-new season of Killjoys , which premieres this February on AXN. After sustaining serious personal losses, space marshals Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) band together to prepare themselves for what lies ahead as they face their toughest challenge yet.

NO FAIRY-TALE ENDING AS “FIFTY SHADES FREED” BEGINS

Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) return in Universal Pictures' romantic thriller  Fifty Shades Freed , the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling  Fifty   Shades  phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for pre-Valentine’s Day in the Philippines,  February 7 . (Watch the new spots of Fifty Shades Freed at  https://youtu.be/8ze300Qpxn0  and  https://youtu.be/5TLqDUX0Sow .)

ARMIE HAMMER SUCCUMBS TO DESIRE IN “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME”

Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer ( The Social Network ) stars in Sony Pictures Classic's Call Me By Your Name as Oliver, the charismatic 24 year-old graduate student who forms a special bond with Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a 17-year old boy, setting in motion an experience that will linger with both of them forever. The two actors became inseparable in the weeks leading up to shooting. “We rode bikes, we listened to music, we talked, we went to meals, we hung out in many of the same places you see us in the movie,” says Hammer. After shooting commenced, the two rehearsed their scenes every night before shooting. The intimacy and chemistry that became palpable on screen grew out of the closeness the two actors developed in real life.

SIX SINGERS COMPETE FOR TWO GRAND FINALS SLOTS IN “TAWAG NG TANGHALAN”

Six singers from different parts of the country will showcase their range and musicality in the Quarter 3 week-long semifinals in “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on “It’s Showtime” that begins on Monday (January 29). Three contenders from Mindanao, two from Luzon, and one from Visayas will pull out all the stops to stand out and advance to the popular competition’s grand finals.

Vivo Prides Itself for Innovations in Stonewall Security Features

A lot of modern smartphones are adopting biometric security features in an effort to gather more users and patrons to support their brand. Vivo is no different and has pushed the envelope when it comes to innovation. Just recently at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES 2018, dubbed as the global stage for innovation , in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Vivo took the spotlight as it introduced the world-first under-display fingerprint scanner in its smartphone. This ultra-modern technology simply registers a user’s uniquely patterned epidermis, and just like in futuristic movies, the screen would weave a pattern of blue light and the phone is instantly accessed.                    Vivo’s new innovation, the world’s first under – display fingerprint scanner Vivo’s smartphone security features are just as impressive and cutting-edge. The Face ID feature of Vivo is less complex than other smartphone brands’ security specs, merely using its 24MP camera for facial recognition. But this

REGAL TELLS A FRESH 'FEB-IBIG' TALE VIA "MY FAIRY TAIL LOVE STORY"

One of this 2018's best movies to watch out for... This Valentine's Day, prepare to celebrate extraordinarily inside the cinemas as Regal Entertainment Inc. treats the lovers and the singles with a not-so-ordinary tale of love through its latest offering, "My Fairy Tail Love Story." Topbilled by Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona, the film will take moviegoers to a journey under the sea as Janella's character, the pampered princess, Chantel was cursed to be a mermaid who could not speak but can only sing to air her thoughts.

FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTOS AMPLIFY “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT”

Ahead of the anticipated launch of the first official trailer soon, Tom Cruise has released via Instagram two new photos from the sixth  Mission: Impossible  film, and in the process, also revealed the film’s title –  Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Check out the “death-defying” photos here and watch  Mission: Impossible – Fallout  in Philippine cinemas  July 25 .

YENG DEBUTS FUTURISTIC VIDEO FOR COMEBACK SINGLE “PINIPIGIL”

Empoy is Yeng’s leading man in new music video Pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino is officially back after a four-year hiatus from recording, starting with a brand new electro pop single entitled “Pinipigil” produced under Star Music. Yeng shares that her new “Pinipigil” track is about the struggle of resisting feelings or falling in love. She said, “it’s either because the person got hurt before or she’s prioritizing present plans rather than letting feelings in.” The single’s music video is already out and it features Yeng as a refugee alien, who wakes up from slumber and checks out planet Earth if it is viable to live in. But as she zooms in, she sees her leading man, played by Empoy Marquez, and instantly falls in love with him.

ABS-CBN launches its first online current affairs show

Lakwatsero’s Robi Domingo returns for more exciting travels with Cebu Pacific ABS-CBN launches its first online current affairs show by bringing back the “ Lakwatsero ” travel series hosted by Kapamilya star Robi Domingo. Premiering on Monday (January 29), the digital travel series will follow Robi’s six-week journey as he lands from one destination to the next, including Basey and Calbiga in Samar, Iloilo, Bacolod, Mt. Apo in Davao Del Sur, Malapascua and Bantayan Islands in Cebu, Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro, and Iligan City. The online series will show Robi embracing his ‘ lakwatsero ’ moniker and trying everything that each place offers—from mouthwatering food spreads and one-of-a-kind concoctions, to conquering the great outdoors and enjoying jitters, laughs, and solo traveling surprises. The young star spares no detail on how to get the best experiences as hopes to inspire viewers to set new travel goals and explore the Philippines.

JAMESON BECOMES A VICTIM OF HAZING IN “IPAGLABAN MO”

Jameson Blake plays the role of a student who gets swayed into joining a fraternity and later on becomes a victim of hazing this Saturday (Jan 27) in ABS-CBN’s hit legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo.” Alvin is known to be a hardworking and loving son to his parents. He is determined to finish his studies for his father, who is an OFW, and his brother, who temporarily stopped schooling due to lack of money.

“MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN” TRAILER GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Universal Pictures has just released the new trailer for  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again , the follow-up the 2007 global hit,  Mamma Mia! The Movie . Check out the trailer at the links below. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ uipmoviesph/videos/ 1839323336142058/ YouTube:  https://youtu.be/hDBwi1tehrc Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after  Mamma Mia! The Movie  grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast expected to return and new additions joining them, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again  will delight audiences in Philippine cinemas this July.

CHARO'S ACTING IN “ANG BABAENG HUMAYO” IS OSCAR WORTHY

Charo Santos performance in Lav Diaz’ masterpiece “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (“The Woman who Left”) should have gotten an Oscar nomination, according to US film critic Glenn Heath Jr. of San Diego City Beat. In his piece titled “The best film performances snubbed by Oscar” published online, Glenn enlisted names of superb actors and actresses as a way to “pay respect to the unsung roles the Academy failed to recognize” this year. “Rage, empathy, heartache, joy: This performance has it all,” wrote Glenn.

SKY OFFERS SUBSCRIBERS ACCESS TO FOUR ONLINE STREAMING SERVICES

Binge-viewing and online streaming this 2018 has become more convenient for One SKY subscribers with their access to Netflix, HBO GO, iWant TV, and SKY On Demand, four sought after online streaming services of Filipinos. Access to all four services gives One SKY subscribers a complete online entertainment experience as they can watch more movies and series with their family anytime, anywhere. “Our promise to our subscribers is that everything that they need is under One SKY. Our dream is for families to conveniently bond over their favorite shows and movies whether they catch it online or on cable television,” said Jerome Almirante, SKY head of converged products and digital division.

Escape the Ordinary this February on GEM

An unexpected new student changes the lives of her classmates in Back to School at 35 . Strangers throw boring routine out the window in the reality show Grab the Chance . Finally, cute and extraordinary robots help their owners change their lifestyles for the better in Koshoku Robot . Back to School at 35 A new student arrives at Kunikida High School, but the gorgeous woman is not what she seems. Ayako Baba (Ryoko Yonekura) joins the third-year class as the students’ new classmates, which leaves them wondering about the intentions of this 35-year-old woman who is back in high school. While something is not quite right about her, Baba deals with issues like bullying and truancy. Just what is Baba’s true identity and motive? Will she survive high school and confront her secret past? Back to School at 35 p remieres February 5, Mondays and Tuesdays at 9PM.

FILMING IS UNDERWAY ON WARNER BROS.' POWERFUL DRAMA “THE GOLDFINCH”

Principal photography has begun on “The Goldfinch,” Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios’ highly anticipated film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed best-selling novel, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The drama is being directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (“Brooklyn”) and features a multigenerational cast led by Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) as Theo Decker and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Big Little Lies”) as Mrs. Barbour.

"SALAMAT DOK" LAUNCHES “HOSPITAL ON WHEELS”

ABS-CBN current affairs program “Salamat Dok” launched the country’s first ever ”Hospital on Wheels” last Sunday (January 21) with the goal of reaching Filipino families that are unable to get medical treatment and surgery because of lack of resources. Bigger than a regular bus, the “RP Healthcraft Carrier” has complete medical equipment and is sterile and safe for procedures like extraction of tumors and cysts, and reconstructive surgeries for those with cleft palates, goiter, and hernia.