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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Star Cinema’s ‘And I Love You So’ Banned in All SM Cinemas?

Star Cinema’s latest offering “And I Love You So” starring Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsay and Sam Milby is now showing in all theaters nationwide EXCEPT SM Cinemas.

The Laurenti Dyogi romantic drama had a very successful premiere night at the Trinoma Mall Cinema in Quezon City last night, August 11, 2009.

In the past, SM Megamall Cinemas (particularly Cinema 9 and 10) were the venue for all Star Cinema movie premiere nights. But why Trinoma Cinema this time?

SM Megamall Cinema 10 was supposedly the venue for the movie’s premiere night as announced by Star Cinema through its multiply site but the site’s content says otherwise (see Google search result below).

Watch the report of Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino Tuesday night on Showbiz News Ngayon making it very clear that And I Love You So is opening today in more than 100 theaters nationwide EXCEPT SM Cinemas. They announced the list of theaters where the public can watch the movie and not even 1 SM cinema was mentioned.

The two hosts did not make any comment regarding the matter. When Boy Abunda mentioned “…EXCEPT SM Cinemas”, Kris Aquino could only mutter “Oh, Oh.”

SM Supermall is an avid sponsor of various GMA shows. Their condominium is being endorsed by Darna star Marian Rivera. Is the network war behind this matter?

Star Cinema, on the other hand, said they will release an official statement regarding this matter any time from now.

Here’s the video clip:

Oh My Girl (OMG) Earns P10.3 Million on its 1st Week

The star-studded comedy movie “Oh My Girl” from Regal Films managed to rake-in P10.3 million in Mega Manila on its first week.

Oh My Girl is topbilled by young superstar Judy Ann Santos and Songwriter/Comedian Ogie Alcasid. It was lambasted by critics for poor depiction of an exhausted storyline.

For the weekend of July 29 to August 2, The Proposal leads Philippine box-office with a haul of P22.87 million. Following at no. 2 is the 3rd weekend screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince getting P14.1 million. The 6th Harry Potter Movie already grossed P177.76 million in 3 weeks.

Oh My Girl debuted at no. 3 while the suspense movie Orphan settled for no. 4 with weekend haul of P4.3 million.

(As of August 11, 2009)

1. You Changed My Life - P230.44 million
(Star Cinema and VIVA Films)

2. Bestfriends Forever (BFF) - P107.6 million
(Star Cinema)

3. Tenement 2 - P86.45 million
(Star Cinema)

4. Love Me Again: Land Down Under - P66.8 million
(Star Cinema)

5. When I Met U - P65.7 million
(GMA Films)

6. Sundo - P50.08 million
(GMA Films)

7. Villa Estrella - P47.17 million
(Star Cinema)

8. Status Single - P11.47 million
(VIVA Films)

9. Oh My Girl (OMG) - P10.3 million *
(Regal Films)

10. Ded Na Si Lolo - P6.14 million
(APT Entertainment)


11. Manila - P700,130.64
(Star Cinema)

12. Sumpa - P272,168
(Yellow Media Productions)


Sunday, August 9, 2009

32nd Gawad Urian - 2009 Nominees

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has already released the list of nominees for the 32nd Gawad Urian for excellence in filmmaking.

Once again, Indie films dominate this year’s set of nominations.

Here is the complete list of nominees for this year’s Gawad Urian:

Best Picture

Jay (Cinemalaya)
Serbis (Centerstage Productions)
Hunghong sa Yuta (Brothers of the Sacred Heart Youth Ministry)
Melancholia (Sine Olivia)
Boses (Casa San Miguel)
Imburnal (Cinema One Originals and Creative Programs)
Yanggaw (Cinema One Originals and Creative Programs)

Best Director

Francis Xavier Pasion (Jay)
Brillante Mendoza (Serbis)
Arnel Mardoquio (Hunghong sa Yuta)
Lav Diaz (Melancholia)
Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil (Boses)
Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Imburnal)
Richard Somes (Yanggaw)
Tara Illenberger (Brutus)
Adolfo Alix Jr. (Imoral)

Best Actor

Baron Geisler (Jay)
Julian Duque (Boses)
Ronnie Lazaro (Yanggaw)
Coco Martin (Daybreak)
Paulo Rivero (Daybreak)
Timothy Mabalot (Brutus)
Perry Dizon (Melancholia)
Neil Ryan Sese (Huling Pasada)

Best Actress

Gina PareƱo (Serbis)
Jaclyn Jose (Serbis)
Judy Ann Santos (Ploning)
Mylene Dizon (100)
Angeli Bayani (Melancholia)
Rhea Medina (Brutus)
Boots Anson Roa (Lovebirds)
Anita Linda (Adela)

Best Supporting Actor

Coco Martin (Jay)
Julio Diaz (Serbis)
Yul Servo (Brutus)
Roeder Camanag (Melancholia)
Archie Aleman (Baby Angelo)

Best Supporting Actress

Tessie Tomas (100)
Katherine Luna (Imoral)
Tetchie Agbayani (Yanggaw)
Aleera Montalla (Yanggaw)
Flor Salanga (Jay)
Agot Isidro (Huling Pasada)

Best Screenplay

Richard Somes and Dwight Gaston (Yanggaw)
Francis Xavier Pasion (Jay)
Armando Bing Lao and Boots Agbayani Pastor (Serbis)
Lav Diaz (Melancholia)
Arnel Mardoquio (Hunghong sa Yuta)
Froilan Medina and Rody Vera (Boses)

The names of the persons nominated for the technical awards below will be given at a later date.

Best Production Design

Baby Angelo
Hunghong sa Yuta

Best Cinematography

Huling Pasada
Hunghong sa Yuta

Best Editing

Huling Pasada

Best Music

Hunghong sa Yuta

Best Sound

Hunghong sa Yuta

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino is composed of:

Rolando Tolentino, dean of the UP College of Mass Communication (Head)
Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature
Nicanor Tiongson, former artistic director of the CCP and former chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
Mario Hernando, Sunday Malaya editor and MTRCB member
Miguel Rapatan of the De La Salle University
Butch Francisco, columnist and co-host of Startalk
Lito Zulueta, Inquirer lifestyle editor and professor at the University of Santo Tomas
Benilda Santos, professor at the Ateneo de Manila University
Tito Valiente, professor at the Ateneo de Manila University

The awards night of the 32nd Gawad Urian is set for September 19 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


11th Cinemanila International Film Festival

The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival is happening in Bonifacio Global City on October 15 to 25, 2009.

The 11th Annual Cinemanila International Film Festival kicks off a brand new decade in its new home – Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. This year’s festival will once again showcase the best foreign and local films from internationally recognized artists and upcoming talents all over the world.

Aside from parallel competitions for full-length, short and documentary films, there will be distinct exhibitions, tributes, marathon showings, outdoor screenings and other special events. Master Classes, seminars and workshops will also be held during the festival and will cover subjects and issues on independent filmmaking. Directors, producers, critics and actors throughout Asia, Europe and North America will be invited to attend this 11-day event at the Bonifacio Global City.

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