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KEIRA KNIGHTLEY PERSONIFIES LOVE IN “COLLATERAL BEAUTY”

Two-time Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice, The Imitation Game) is the epitome of Love, in New Line Cinema's heartwarming drama, Collateral Beauty.

“SPLIT” -- HAILED AS SHYAMALAN'S MOST TERRIFYING FILM

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Universal Pictures' Split, an original film that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.

Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Winners Bared

Here are the winners of this years's Metro Manila Film Festival. Best Actress: Irma Adlawan, Oro Best Actor: Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon Best Ensemble Cast: Oro Best Supporting Actress: Phoebe Walker, Seklusyon Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bables, Die Beautiful Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen Best Director: Erik Matti Best Screenplay: Seklusyon FPJ Memorial Award: Oro Male Celebrity of the Night - Ronnie Alonte Female Celebrity of the Night - Rhian Ramos Best Production Design: Seklusyon Best Cinematography: Seklusyon Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen Best Short Film Director: Mga Bituin sa Siyudad (Jarell Serencio) Short Film Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream Roque Lee & Blair Camilo Short Film Best Picture: EJK Best Movie Theme Song: Dominus Miserere from Seklusyon Best Sound Design: Seklusyon Best Musical Score: Saving Sally Children's Cho

THE BESTSELLING FILIPINO BOOKS OF 2016 FROM ABS-CBN PUBLISHING

Another year done and more great books were added to our personal libraries. Forget about Netflix and chillin’, 2016 was another amazing year for Philippine publishing. While the rest of the world was binge-watching various TV series on their devices, Filipinos were clutching ,  honest-to-goodness printed books. Already coming from a banner year in 2015, Filipino readers were even more spoiled this year with an even more diverse lineup of local books from mostly new and unexpected authors.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE EMBARKS ON AN INTERPLANETARY JOURNEY IN “PASSENGERS”

One of Hollywood’s most gifted actresses, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence stars in Columbia Pictures' new futuristic thriller Passengers opposite Chris Pratt.

REESE WITHERSPOON “SINGS” FOR UNDER-APPRECIATED MOTHERS

Rosita is a selfless homemaker and mother of 25 piglets who wants to remember what it feels like to be something other than a mother and wife. Oscar Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon is Rosita's talking and singing voice in n Universal Pictures and Illumination’s musical comedy  Sing.

MORE ASIAN ACTORS OF “THE GREAT WALL” GET THEIR CHARACTER POSTERS

After revealing the posters of the principal cast last week, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have now launched the character one-sheets of  The Great Wall's  supporting cast, including two Chinese pop sensations starring in the fantasy-adventure. Check out the new posters here and watch  The Great Wall  in Philippine cinemas on January 25, 2016.

“THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE” LAUNCHES COLORFUL CHARACTER POSTERS

Heroes and villains get their due spotlight in the newly released character one-sheets for Warner Animation Group's upcoming adventure comedy  The LEGO Batman Movie. Check out the character posters of Batman, Robin, The Joker, Alfred, Batgirl and Harley Quinn and watch the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on  February 9, 2017 .

ZOE SALDANA CAPTURES THE HEART OF BEN AFFLECK IN “LIVE BY NIGHT”

Known to global audiences as Gamora and Uhura in the  Guardians of the Galaxy  and  Star Trek  franchises, respectively, Zoe Saldana now portrays the exotic Graciela in Warner Bros. Pictures' new gangster film  Live by Night .

Jamie Foxx Takes on Drug Lord, Corrupt Cops in “Sleepless” Movie

Multi-talented actor and recording artist Jamie Foxx is an undercover cop with strong links to the drug trade in his latest action-packed flick Sleepless. Foxx, who plays Vincent Downs, connives with his partner (played by rapper T.I.) to steal a cache of drugs from a powerful criminal mastermind, who orders his son kidnapped. The distraught dad is spurred to action, in a bid to rescue his son from the drug lord’s henchmen as he blasts his way through the Vegas nightlife.

WILL SMITH, A MAN LOST IN GRIEF IN “COLLATERAL BEAUTY”

Fresh from his success as Deadshot in the blockbuster hit Suicide Squad, Will Smith now stars as Howard, a man lost in grief, in New Line Cinema’s life-affirming drama,  Collateral Beauty . In the film, Howard, a successful New York advertising executive retreats from life after suffering a great tragedy. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

CHRIS PRATT, A DIFFERENT KIND OF GALACTIC GUARDIAN IN “PASSENGERS”

He has firmly secured himself as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men with smash hits as Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World and The Magnificent Seven. Now, Chris Pratt headlines Columbia Pictures' new futuristic thriller Passengers opposite Jennifer Lawrence.

McCONAUGHEY BURSTS WITH OPTIMISM AS KOALA SHOWMAN IN “SING”

Oscar Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of the optimistic koala Buster Moon who is determined to save his struggling theater despite dwindling audiences, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s  Sing.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with MMFF 2016's KABISERA

As we celebrate this holiday season, let's take a closer look at the one seated at the center of our dining table which we call "kabisera" - she's the one who has been the absorbing sponge of all the happy and sad stories we share while eating our meals with our family and loved ones. Some of the great memories we have with our families happen in this special place of our homes. But what if such will just remain a memory and something that you wish will happen again. Such is the core story of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entry "Kabisera" that stars the one and only Superstar, Ms Nora Aunor. Star-studded red carpet premiere of KABISERA led by Ms Nora Aunor Honor, trust and loyalty are some of the values that are tested with this newest MMFF entry as it exposes imperfections that reign the lives of the Filipinos today, and how in the end we all stand up for what’s right and what i s more important to us.   nspired by a true story, this ne

SEKLUSYON Premiere Night and Presscon as presented by HOOQ

HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, and co-presenter of the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival , concludes 2016 with a special HOOQ HANGOUTS as it holds a celebrity-studded premiere of Erik Matti’s SEKLUSYON days before it’s regular run at theaters throughout the country as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

ABS-CBN WINS BIG IN 2016 ARAW VALUES ADVERTISING AWARDS

ABS-CBN’s values-centric campaigns earned accolades at the 10 th  Araw Values Advertising Awards recently held at the Dolphy Theater in the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. ABS-CBN took home five Silver and four Bronze awards in the in the Advocacy Communications category, and one Silver award in the Branded Communications category. The awards are anchored the seven cornerstone values of the Ad Foundation, the organizing body of Araw Values Awards. 

Jollibee Yum Burger’s new digital campaign introduces Pinoy millennials’ ‘Framily’

Jollibee, the number one family fast food chain, has coined the term “Framily” in its newly launched Jollibee Yum Burger made-for-digital video, to refer to a group of Pinoy millennial best friends who have come to embrace each other like real members of their family. Thus the term “framily” –  friends who are like family to each other.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, A PRICKLY PORCUPINE IN “SING”

Superstar Scarlett Johansson breathes life to Ash, a prickly teenage porcupine with a punk-rock attitude, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s  Sing , a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

A DISTURBED MAN'S “SPLIT” PERSONALITIES UNRAVEL IN NEW TRAILER

Universal Pictures has just revealed the main trailer for its creepy, pyschological thriller  Split  – the latest film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan ( The Visit ). Check out the new trailer here and watch the film when it opens in Philippines cinemas on January 18, 2017.

PLDT Home Fibr ranks as PH’s top performer on the Netflix ISP Speed Index for Q2-Q3 2016

Popular Netflix Originals to be enjoyed in HD and 4K with the country’s most powerful broadband As the demand for video streaming increases, so does the need for high-speed internet as a complement. Even with an endless library of well-loved TV shows and films on Netflix, streaming and watching them online can’t be enjoyed if paired with inconsistent connection and buffering.

Tough fight for love

Back by popular demand, Asian Food Channel’s original series,  Cooking For Love  season 2 returns with tougher competition and more delectable recipes by culinary host  Sarah Benjamin, and Malaysia’s celebrity chef, Nik Michael Imran!

“THE GREAT WALL” DISPLAYS CHARACTER POSTERS FOR MAIN CAST

The principal cast of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' fantasy, action-adventure  The Great Wall  takes the spotlight in newly-released character posters for the film. Getting the star treatment are Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau and Jing Tian. Check out the new one-sheets below and watch  The Great Wall  in Philippine cinemas on January 25, 2016.

“BLADE RUNNER 2049” ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER ARRIVES ONLINE

Columbia Pictures has just unleashed the announcement trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the highly awaited sequel to the classic Blade Runner. Check out the trailer here and watch Blade Runner 2049 in Philippine cinemas in 2017. Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star in the sequel which is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, upcoming Arrival).

A topnotch team for Natch International

In these health conscious times, when prevention is has become more important than cure, consumers are looking for products that promote fitness and well-being.  Natch International manufactures probiotic-based products that include tea, chewable vitamins for kids, preserved plum, jelly, liquid supplment, and even cosmetics.  Probiotics are made from fermented milk that enhance the health condition of the human intenstines. Natch, whose name is taken from the word “ nature, ” was first established in 2004 in Taiwan where it achieved big success. The name is also an acronym for Nutrition Advanced Technology Care Health. Natch has expanded to China and more recently, to the Philippines.

65th Miss Universe Coronation Night tickets now available for purchase at SM Tickets - online and over-the-counter

The 65 th  Miss Universe Coronation Night tickets are now available for public purchase online at  smtickets.com  and over-the-counter at SM Tickets outlets starting at  10:00 am  today,  December 20, 2016 . The much awaited Coronation Night will be held at  8:00 am on January 30, 2017  at the Mall of  Asia Arena, Pasay City.

ELLE FANNING SPARKLES AS A COUNTRY GIRL IN “LIVE BY NIGHT”

Coming a long way from playing Sleeping Beauty in the smash hit  Maleficent , Elle Fanning now stars opposite Ben Affleck in Warner Bros. Pictures’ gangster film  Live by Night , as Loretta, the sweet and naïve daughter of the Tampa police chief.

GYLLENHAAL, FERGUSON, REYNOLDS UP CLOSE IN NEW “LIFE” POSTER

“Be careful what you search for,” goes the ominous warning in the tagline of the newly unveiled poster artwork for Columbia Pictures' upcoming sci-fi horror-thriller, Life.

SENIORS PLAN A BANK HEIST IN FIRST “GOING IN STYLE” TRAILER

New Line Cinema has just debuted the first trailer for its new heist comedy Going in Style starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

The Ultimate BROcation: The Hilarious Getaway

KIX, action entertainment TV channel, will premiere a new reality show,  The Ultimate BROcation,   tomorrow , December 14, at  9pm . It is a hilarious reality show about four celebrities from different countries discovering Hong Kong in an all-expense paid vacation, tailor-made for bros.  The show stars our very own R&B sensation  Billy Crawford along with 3 other Asian celebrities: Thailand’s “bad boy” DJ and TV host P.K.; award-winning Malaysian hip hop artist SonaOne; and Singaporean maverick chef Bjorn Shen.  These bros will bond in Hong Kong for five days with no girlfriends, no kids and no sleep, oh and get this – these four guys don’t even personally know each other.

MICHAEL SHEEN, AN ANDROID BARTENDER IN “PASSENGERS”

He is known to millions as a vampire in the Twilight saga films and a werewolf in the Underworld franchise. Now, Michael Sheen now stars as Arthur, the android bartender on board the intergalactic spaceship in Columbia Pictures' exciting new action-thrlller Passengers. In the film, Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Christ Pratt) are two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.

NAOMIE HARRIS, A SYMPATHETIC GRIEF COUNSELOR IN “COLLATERAL BEAUTY”

Fresh from winning Best Supporting Actress of 2016 from the National Board of Review for  Moonlight  – and predicted to earn an Oscar nomination as well -- Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean) now stars as sympathetic grief counsellor Madeline in New Line Cinema’s thought-provoking drama,  Collateral Beauty .

TARON EGERTON IS JOHNNY, THE SOULFUL GORILLA IN “SING”

Young British actor Taron Egerton, known to audiences worldwide for his work in  Kingsman: The Secret Service , lends his voice to the teenage gorilla Johnny, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s  Sing , a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

AWARD-WINNING NOVEL “LIVE BY NIGHT” COMES TO LIFE IN THE BIG SCREEN

Based on Dennis Lehane’s bestselling novel, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Live by Night was a true passion project for Ben Affleck, who says, “As a filmmaker, this was a chance to pay homage to the classic Warner Bros. gangster movies of the 1930s through the `70s.  I grew up watching them and they had an epic, sprawling feel that really took you into a different world, a different era.”

DONNIE YEN IS THE FORCE IN “ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY”

Chirrut Îmwe is the scene-stealing blind monk in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But, although without sight, Chirrut is anything but unseeing. He is a skilled and artful warrior who can see into the hearts of all those around. And who better to play the role other than martial arts expert and one of Asia’s most popular actors, Donnie Yen.

“xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” SOLO POSTERS SHOWCASE THE WOMEN CHARACTERS

Not to be outdone, the female stars of Paramount Pictures' xXx: Return of Xander Cage now step into their own individual character one-sheets, following last week’s reveal of the male cast’s posters. Check out Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose and Toni Collette in their solos below. Xxx: Return of Xander Cage opens across the Philippines on  January 18, 2017 .

Sherlock’s Sidekick Reimagined

Lucy Liu on both television and film is no stranger to strong female personas. From private investigator Alex Nuncy in Charlie’s Angels to Yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, the Asian-American star showed that she has the versatility to take on a wide range of unforgettable roles. Over the years, the award-winning actress-director moved further and further away from stereotypes often linked to actresses of Asian descent. Of all the roles she played, no departure is as striking as her character in the procedural drama Elementary, a modern reimagining of the world’s most famous fictional detective—Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

ABS-CBN OPENS 2017 WITH NEWEST PRIMETIME FAMILY DRAMA “A LOVE TO LAST”

ABS-CBN opens the year 2017 with the premiere of the much awaited family drama, “A Love to Last,” on Primetime Bida. Topbilled by box office actress Bea Alonzo and sought after leading man Ian Veneracion, “A Love to Last” is a timely story about family and how love isn’t always what it seems to be.

NEW KAPAMILYA OGIE ALCASID JOINS JURY OF “YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR: KIDS”

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid is now regularly seen as one of the judges in “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on “It’s Showtime.” Next year, he is set to take on another task as a new Kapamilya: being a judge on “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids.”

PH TO TAKE GLOBAL CENTER STAGE ON MISS UNIVERSE CORONATION NIGHT – SINGSON

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO)’s lead partner in the Philippines, LCS Group Chairman Luis “Chavit” Singson, said that Filipinos should all be proud that the country will be in the global spotlight come  January 30, 2017 , as more than half-a-billion Miss Universe fans and supporters worldwide watch the live telecast of the 65th Miss Universe Competition’s Coronation Night. “ Let us give ourselves a salute and a big round of applause that we have come this far – only a few weeks before the Coronation Night. Soon the country will take the global center stage, as more than half-a-billion Miss Universe fans and supporters watch the live shows in over 190 countries and territories in the entire world,” said Singson during the pageant’s official kickoff party held at the S Maison of Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. Addressing the audience at the kickoff, LCS Group’s vice-chair and Miss Universe Host Committee chairperson Richelle Louise Singson-Michael gave her assurance that LCS

NEW “DUNKIRK” TRAILER PUTS YOU AT THE BATTLEFRONT

The new trailer of master filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s epic war film Dunkirk has just been released and may be viewed here.

GRU’S BACK AS FIRST TRAILER OF “DESPICABLE ME 3” REELS OFF

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just released the teaser trailer of Despicable Me 3 which continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. 

Kabisera, a powerful family drama movie in MMFF 2016

KABISERA, the biggest and most powerful family drama of 2016 is coming to theatres nationwide this December 25th for the Metro Manila Film Festival with a top-caliber cast headlined by the Grand Dame of Asian Cinema, Nora Aunor. The much-anticipated MMFF comeback of the one and only superstar is joined by award-winning actors Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, Victor Neri and Perla Bautista. Also joining the cast are newcomers RJ Agustin, Ronwaldo Martin (brother of Coco Martin), and Alex San Agustin.

Get inspired this festive season with all-new season of Bake with Anna Olson!

Come December, Asian Food Channel treats viewers to a brand new season of  Bake with Anna Olson ! Anna Olson will take viewers on a tasty journey starting with baking basics working all the way up to masterclass level recipes. Join her as she shares her personal tips and tricks, all picked from her library of all things baked and help you become a whiz in the kitchen! Whether it’s a savoury soufflé, a creamy pie or a plate of decadent pancakes, Anna will always have the perfect recipe to sweeten up your day.

An exciting and new food-centric road trip with Andrew Zimmern

The phrase “locals know best” is true when it comes to travelling abroad. Be it in the city or outskirts of a town, you can always trust a local cab driver to recommend you their local best eats and sightseeing destinations, and that is how Andrew Zimmern is going to travel in his new series of  Andrew Zimmern’s Driven By Food !