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Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Ded Na Si Lolo" is RP's Entry to 2010 Oscars

The indie film “Ded Na Si Lolo” was chosen by the Film Academy of the Philippines to be the country’s entry to the 82nd Oscar Awards in 2010.

The dramedy movie is produced by APT Entertainment and was directed by Soxie Topacio. Starring in the movie are BJ Forbes, Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, Roderick Paulate, Manilyn Reynes, Rainier Castillo, and Dick Israel.

Ded Na Si Lolo received a grade of “A” when it was shown in limited theaters last May.

It bested 11 other films contending for the right to represent the Philippines in the 2010 Oscars. Other films which were considered were:

Pitik Bulag (ALV Entertainment)
The Last Viewing (Davis Entertainment)
Kamoteng Kahoy (APT Entertainment)
Concerto (Solito Arts Productions and Seiko Films)
Baler (Viva Films)
Jay (Pasion para Pelikula Productions)
Bente (APT Enterainment)
100 (Martinez-Rivera Films)

Completing the list of 12 are Lola (Centerstage productions); Manila (MJM Productions and Bicycle Pictures); and Adela (Bicycle Pictures).

The FAP Oscar Committee is composed of the ff:

Eddie Romero – National Artist for Film
Robert Arevalo – Veteran actor and director
Jose Carreon – Directors’ Guild of the Philippines
Johnny Delgado – Actors Workshop Foundation
William Mayo – Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association
Manny Morfe – Production Designers Guild of the Philippines
Jess Navarro – United Film Editors’ Guild of the Philippines
Elwood Perez – PMPDA


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Friday, September 25, 2009

‘In My Life’ Hits P80 Million On Its 1st Week

After raking P20 million on its first day, the Star Cinema movie “In My Life” had a first week gross of P80 million.

When it was reported that “In My Life” had a first day gross of P20 million, expectations started to pour in that this film could be the second Filipino movie to surpass the P200 million benchmark after “You Changed My Life.” The John Lloyd-Sarah monster hit movie last February had a first day gross of P18 million and it became the first Filipino film to surpass the P200 million mark at the box-office.

And now reports came that the Vilma Santos comeback movie has now earned P80 million on its first week run. P80 million for 7 days is a remarkable achievement already but it’s not enough for the film to go as far as P200 million.

Ai Ai delas Alas‘ movie “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” surpassed the P100 million mark on its first week but ended up earning P197 million in its whole run. So the forecast for “In My Life” to surpass the much coveted P200 million in Philippine Box Office has just got a little bit dimmer.

What happened with You Changed My Life was, it became the talk of the town. People who have seen it on first week delivered the news to those who have not seen it yet that’s why the film is still strong on its second and third week of screening. Not to mention that it received a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) that enticed moviegoers somehow assuring them that it’s an excellent film.

For the case of “In My Life”, the buzz about the film became weaker although it’s still doing well at the box-office as of this post. But it somehow lost the potential to hit P200 million by virtue of its P80 million haul on its first week.

Maybe the removal of the much hyped, much-awaited and controversial (torrid) kissing scene between John Lloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano hurt the film’s box-office potential a bit. And who could believe that the Cinema Evaluation Board only gave a “B” rating to this film that might have given the perception to movie-goers that it’s not an excellent movie, just a good one.

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‘Kimmy Dora’ Earns P70M+, ‘Yaya and Angelina’ Rakes P6M on First Day

Two local comedy films are delivering smiles at the box-office.

The cast, crew and producers of Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kyeme held a thanksgiving party last September 22 for the success of their movie topbilled by Eugene Domingo. According to reports, the film hits P70 million on its 3rd week.

Spring Films, comprised by Joyce Bernal, Shayne Sarte, Eric Raymundo, and Piolo Pascual spent P20 million in producing the film. Now, it has surpassed the P70 million mark and still showing in selected theaters. This means profit for the producers and a possible sequel.

On the other hand, GMA Films and APT Entertainment are happy with the report that Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie has earned P6 million on its first day. And when they say P6 million, it’s their way of saying “walang padding.” Nevertheless, the characters as popularized by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid are also doing well at the box-office.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dingdong-Marian VS Bea-John Lloyd in Valentines 2010

Network war is happening once again in the season of the hearts come 2010 with a Dingdong-Marian starrer from GMA and John Lloyd-Bea starrer from Star Cinema.

The network war during Valentines season started in 2005 when GMA Films released “Let the Love Begin” starring Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin, and Star Cinema released “Dreamboy” starring Piolo Pascual and Bea Alonzo. It happened every year since then.

In 2008, the rival networks did not share the same playdate. GMA Films and Regal’s “My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend” starring Marian Rivera and Richard Gutierrez was shown in the earlier part of February. Star Cinema’s “My Big Love” starring Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby occupied the later part of February.

The drill continued in the Valentines season this year when GMA Films/Regal released “When I Met U” starring Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion. It was shown on the earlier part of February while Star Cinema released in the latter part of the same month, the box-office smash hit “You Changed My Life” starring Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz.

In 2010, the king of Valentine movies Richard Gutierrez was supposed to have another offering with “Maybe This Time” reuniting him with former girlfriend Anne Curtis. But GMA seems to have another plan. Dingdong Dantes told the media that he and Marian Rivera is doing a romantic movie set for Valentines 2010.

Star Cinema, on the other hand, is also doing a romantic film for Valentines season. Box-office king John Lloyd Cruz will be reunited with Bea Alonzo in the said film.

If plans push through, this could be the scenario come February 2010. So which team are you in?


32nd Gawad Urian – 2009 Winners Announced

Brillante Mendoza’s “Serbis” was the big winner at the 32nd Gawad Urian.

Here is the complete list of nominees and winners (in bold and asterisk) for this year’s Gawad Urian:


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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


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)


Baby Angelo
Serbis *
Hunghong sa Yuta


Serbis *
Huling Pasada
Hunghong sa Yuta


Jay *
Huling Pasada


Hunghong sa Yuta *


Hunghong sa Yuta
Yanggaw *


Andong by Milo Tolentino


Director Peque Gallaga

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 was held last September 19, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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