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Saturday, September 13, 2008

I.T.A.L.Y. | I Trust And Love You

I.T.A.L.Y. Teaser Trailer

I.T.A.L.Y. Official Movie Soundtrack Feat. Jolina Magdangal's "The Will of the Wind"

GMA Films' I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You) Teaser Trailer, Promo Pictures, and OST
GMA Films will treat its viewers to a sidesplitting comedy that tackles the lives of Filipinos working onboard cruise ships via their third quarter movie offering I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust and Love You).

The movie stars Jolina Magdangal, Dennis Trillo, Eugene Domingo, Mark Herras and Rufa Mae Quinto.

Jolina Magdangal plays the role of Des Pinlac, a hopeless romantic who works as a chambermaid at the ship. The wannabe bride is looking for her perfect groom and all the signs indicate that Paolo Guzman (played by Dennis Trillo) is The One.

Dennis Trillo is paired with an Italian actress named Andrea de Lugo (back to camera). She is signed up with Viva Records and is scheduled to come to the Philippines to promote her album here.

The lounge singer of the Costa Magica named Stella Sembrano is portrayed by Rufa Mae Quinto. She is also looking for love but it has contantly eluded her.

Rhian Ramos portrays Phoebe Villaroso, a rebellious brat who does what she wants. She falls in love with the plain-looking cabin crew member Nathan Reyes played byMark Herras.

Eugene Domingo portrays the role of Lovely Mercado, a senior housekeeper.

The cast visited 3 continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa), 5 countries, and 13 cities to shoot I.T.A.L.Y.

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It is supposed to herald the return of ’80s matinee idol Gabby Concepcion to the acting scene, after 13 years of brokering properties in the West Coast in continental US of A.

But, something happened while the cast of I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust and Love You) was preparing for their travel to Rome, the first stop in a multi-city location. Concepcion backed out of his commitment to play lead opposite Jolina Magdangal who was devastated when she learned of the actor’s decision.

The movie even if Gabby spurned his role is now ready for its theatrical run. And guess what, Jolina even got luckier to have a much younger actor for a leading man.

Dennis Trillo easily slithered into the role abandoned by Concepcion.

Showing on Aug. 6, I.T.A.L.Y. is the first-ever movie shot on board a cruise ship, a cutting-edge record on Philippine filmmaking industry. It takes pride for having a heart-rending storyline, seductively enchanting locations, colossal production and disarmingly talented cast members. This motion picture painstakingly crossed three different continents—Asia, Europe, and Africa—a delight and refreshing treat to Filipino moviegoers.

Filmed on board Costa Magica, a luxury cruise that travels to the world’s most enthralling destinations, I.T.A.L.Y. exposes the adversities and personal sacrifice and the lighter side of the lives of OFWs. It revolves on six people with six different personalities, stories, ambitions and struggles. In a span of their magical voyage for seven days, their lives will crisscross amid unexpected possibilities.

Having a powerhouse cast that battled seasickness in the course of their cruise on the high seas of the Mediterranean makes it truly a film worth watching.

Jolina Magdangal plays Des Pinlac, a hopeless romantic working as a chambermaid on the ship. Finding the right man is her fervent wish but things haven’t been good so far. Rufa Mae Quinto is Stella Sembrano who practically surrendered her fate to the seas. She is the cruise’s lounge singer who patiently waits for the perfect man, not like her father and past boyfriends who abandoned her.

Dennis Trillo is Paolo Guzman. He joined the cruise to find the missing pieces of a woman in his past that keeps haunting him.

Eugene Domingo is Lovely Mercado, a senior housekeeper who believes it is never too late to find true and everlasting love. With two failed attempts to tie the knot, Lovely holds the key in connecting Paolo with the woman in his past.

Rhian Ramos is Phoebe Villaroso, a brat who lavishly does whatever she wants. Contrary to her rebellious character, she falls for the plain-looking cabin crewmember while on board the cruise ship.

And lastly, Mark Herras is Nathan Reyes. Orphaned at a young age, he has to work for his family and ends up a member of the cruise’s cabin crew. Coincidentally, he stumbles upon Phoebe and unexpectedly falls in love with her. The bitter pill of their love affair is that they are separated by two different worlds.

I.T.A.L.Y. is another venture of GMA Films, the same movie outfit responsible for Ouija and My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend.

Philippines to be hot filming location

Senate President Manny Villar said with the numerous attractions it offers, the Philippines continues to earn the distinction as a prime filming destination among foreign film industries, including Hollywood.

Villar, who is also president of the Nacionalista Party, noted that the natural beauty of the Philippines is one of the reasons why more and more international movie stars have expressed desire to work in the country.

“Of late, no other than Oscar award winner Reese Witherspoon has indicated that she wants to film a movie here,” Villar said.

Villar filed Senate Bill 2404, which seeks to promote the country’s potential as a prime film tourist destination showcasing the various islands of the country as the perfect setting for movies, TV shows, music videos and other media projects.

He added that the Philippines is now in the spotlight with the inclusion of four attractions in the Top Ten of the Seven New Wonders of Nature nominees namely, the Tubbataha Reef, Chocolate Hills, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Mayon Volcano.

“The Film Tourism Act will highlight the country’s globally competent filmmakers, state-of-the-art production facilities and capable technical crew who are willing and ready to assist foreign production and media outfits,” he said.

The bill also seeks to exempt the film productions and institutions and other service providers involved in the film tourism industry from payment of EVAT and customs duties for the importation of cinema equipment and facilities necessary for their operation.

“Also, with the help of overseas Filipino workers associations around the world, we are confident that information regarding film tourism in the country will be widely disseminated,” Villar said.

Manio Events to produce Luna Awards

The Film Academy of the Philippines has formally appointed Manio Events Management to produce the upcoming 26th Annual Luna Awards show and festivities.

The appointment was finalized during a recent contract-signing between FAP director general Leo Martinez and Moises Manio, president of Manio Events Management, which has a track record of producing successful concerts and shows.

Among the concerts Manio Events has mounted are Heartthrobs (Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby), Sharon Live at Island Cove (Sharon Cuneta) and the recent Catch Me (Toni Gonzaga).

The FAP will soon announce the nominations in all categories, to be followed by the traditional Nominees’ Lunch (where certificates and mini-Luna trophies will be given to nominees). The activities will culminate with a formal awards show to be held at the SMX Convention Center on Aug. 30 to be telecast by Studio 23 on the same night.

Flicker piracy tackled in seminar

The Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council conducted a one-day seminar on flicker piracy as part of its intensified anti-piracy activities with 100 participants including producers, theater operators and personnel and other stake holders in the film industry.

The seminar-workshop, part of the council’s activities under its “Suportahan ang industriya ng Pelikula… Sugpuin ang mga Pirata” program, was held at the Kalayaan Hall 3 of Club Filipino in Greenhills Commercial Center, San Juan City, last June 17.

Flicker piracy is the system of shooting or copying films being shown in our cinemahouses through camera recording using gadgets from the simple cell phone to more sophisticated recording equipment.

Ric Camaligan, Anti-Film Piracy Council president, welcomed officials of the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Presidential Management Staff, as well as representatives of mayors and vice mayors in Metropolitan Manila.

The MMDA and the PMS have been subsidizing the activities of the Anti-Film Piracy Council for the past several years, including this intensified flicker piracy campaign.

Lawyer Joji Alonso, also a film producer and counsel to the Anti-Piracy Council, presented a power point discussion and lecture on flicker piracy and later joined a panel during an open forum.

The panel included State Prosecutor Geromino Sy of the Department of Justice; lawyer Elfren Meneses, director of the Intellectual Property Rights Division of the National Bureau of Investigation; director Ruel Lasala of the NCR Intelligence Division of the NBI; and officers of the Anti-Film Piracy Council.

Manny Nuqui, council vice chairman, said that the seminar basically was held in order for everyone to reach a consensus to put more teeth into the government’s anti-piracy campaign, especially on flicker piracy.

“The council officers and Alonso agreed that the main objective of the seminar is to solicit the firm commitment from the Justice Department and the NBI in the arrest and prosecution of flicker pirates,” Nuqui stressed.

City and town mayors and their councils were asked and encouraged to come up with appropriate ordinances to enable law enforces in dealing with these violators, he added.

Nuqui said that they will still need the government’s active support in this particular campaign.

Council president Camaligan, who is also the senior vice president for entertainment of SM Philippines, said that the seminar focused on “camcording” or flicker piracy which is described as the illegal shooting or copying of full-length films directly from cinema screens during and after exhibition with the use of camera recording equipment or even camera phones.

Camaligan added that filmnapping is the other illegal method of film piracy which involves stealing a whole film print during shipment to and from provincial theatrical exhibitions.

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