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REEL DEAL: Watch The Teaser Trailer of “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS”

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An early 88-second tease of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been released by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm which may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erLk59H86ww.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Dennis Trillo leads GMA contingent to Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore

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GMA Pinoy TV brings its highly anticipated Kapusong Pinoy Concert series to Singapore with Kapuso artists Dennis Trillo, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya gearing up to delight Pinoy fans in the country on November 30.
On the heels of its highly successful previous installments in Los Angeles last September and Dubai this November, the concert titled Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore will be held at the Kallang Theater, 1 Stadium Walk in Singapore. The much-awaited concert is headlined by Drama King Dennis Trillo, Fearless Diva Jonalyn Viray and features actor-comedian Betong Sumaya as his beloved character Antonietta from the Philippine’s longest running comedy program Bubble Gang.

REEL DEAL: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads North Wind - “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR’S” Latest Allies

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What are the odds when the world’s elitest of spies join forces with the earth’s chicest undercover organization in the all-adventure family movie “Penguins of Madagascar.”
The most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitest of the elites are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

MUSIC LYF: Christian Bautista’s new album Soundtrack zooms to top of charts on first week of release

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Christian Bautista’s much-awaited album Soundtrack immediately snatched the top spot in music charts, only a week after its release.
Christian had a super successful album launches over the weekend – Eastwood, and Market Market.
Soundtrack, Christian’s first album in two years, includes memorable theme songs from the most romantic movies of all time.
The album’s first single Up Where We Belong, the theme from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” has already been chosen by GMA as the theme of its newest koreanovela “Empress Ki.”

Universal Records’ Kathleen Go is an Entrepreneur of Passion

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Universal Records Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go, over the years, has successfully prepared the country’s biggest independent record label to withstand the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of the local recording industry.
Because of this achievement, Joey Concepcion’s GoNegosyo has named Kathleen as one of the 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. Her story is included in a special limited edition book with the subtitle “How Big Dreams and Good Ideas Became Great Businesses.”

In the commemorative book, Kathleen recalled how Universal Records have readied itself in the evolution of music formats in the country – from vinyl to cassettes to CDs to digital.
Kathleen also admitted that this inescapable evolution is really challenging, but according to her, one truth keeps her faith in the industry – “Music will never disappear and Filipinos will always be music lovers.”

REEL DEAL: Charlie Day, Jason Sudekis Bring Comic Chaos To “HORRIBLE BOSSES 2”

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As much as they function best as a team, or what Jason Bateman calls “this three-headed monster, a sort of collective idiot,” New Line Cinema's “Horrible Bosses 2” lets Nick, Dale and Kurt also shine as distinctly individual personalities.
Says producer Jay Stern, “That’s really the strength and the secret of this kind of ensemble. There are people watching around the world who might not identify with all of them but will see a bit of themselves in Dale, or maybe Nick, or Kurt, so audiences have multiple opportunities to get drawn into it.”
For example, the needle of Charlie Day’s character, Dale, only points in one direction or the other: total fear and denial, or total gung-ho commitment. Above all, Dale’s first impulse is to avoid anything that will get him in trouble with his wife, a tendency he displayed in the first round when she was just his fiancée and is now amplified because the stakes are so much higher on the home front.

Summit Water New Packaging to Save 1.5M Tons in CO2

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Summit Natural Drinking Water, in its continuing effort to inspire Filipinos to thirst for more, has reached for a new goal – to lower its carbon footprint. In a simple but effective packaging change, Summit 500 ml and 350 ml bottles now sport a more streamlined cap that saves almost 500,000 tons of manufactured PET a year. 
This is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by 3.7 million trees[1], or removing over 100,000 cars[2] from the road for one year. The initiative is part of Summit Water’s latest campaign – Thirst for More, by defying limits, stepping out of comfort zones, and going beyond the norm. By being conscious of the environment, Summit Water has upped its game, encouraging Filipinos to do the same.

Round up with your favorite performers at the Live in Levi’s Customization shop

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OLD or new, don’t miss the chance to make your Levis apparels as good as new, and perfectly tailored only for you.
Marked by maintained quality while embracing trend, global apparel brand Levi’s brings you the star-studded, music-filled, and pumped up Live in Levis Customization shop in select malls in Metro Manila this November and December.
The first leg will happen at SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Atrium on November 28 and 30. Singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis, the artist behind hit songs “Just A Smile” and “Tabing Ilog,” together with, True Faith’s lead vocalist Medwin Marfil will entertain customers while they wait for their customize jeans and icons to be finished.

Philippine National Figure Skating Championships

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On November 26-27, 2014, SM Skating Rink, along with the Philippine Skating Union will hold the Philippine’s National Figure Skating Championships—a competition that is designed to emerge a pool of skaters positioned to represent the country in the upcoming international skating competitions.

Earlier this year, the world laid witness to the Philippines’ home-grown figure skater, Michael Martinez, make his mark in the global arena as the first South East Asian figure skater to enter the Winter Olympics. Now managed by SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., SM skating rink aims to develop a group of athletes specializing in winter-based sports who are capable and ready to represent the Philippines in 2015 ice skating competitions.

The 2014 Philippine National Figure Skating Championship is a step toward accomplishing the brand’s goal to recognize the potential of each skater. Catering solely to Filipino and Filipino-Foreign figure skaters, the Philippine National Figure Skating Competition giv…

MUSIC LYF: Gloc9, Karylle, 1:43 top bill BellaVita free concerts

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Socialized housing development BellaVita Land Corp. will hold a free concert series dubbed as “Ang Saya-Saya Sa BellaVita” featuring popular and emerging Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists and radio jocks including Gloc-9, Karylle, and boy band 1:43 in Lipa City and San Pablo City this November.
The first concert to be led by award-winning Filipino rapper Gloc9 will be held at the Plaza Independencia in Lipa City on November 29 at 6 p.m., while the second concert with "It’s Showtime" (ABS-CBN) host Karylle will be held on November 30 at SM City San Pablo at 3 p.m.

The Galeón Will Dock Soon at SM Mall of Asia!

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The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade was the world's first international trading route that crosses the Pacific Ocean from Manila to Acapulco. And it has been centuries since it started which paved way to many changes in terms of products, traditions, rare items and even genetics have shaped the nations of the Philippine Islands, Mexico and Imperial Spain. And even after all these years, the Galleon Trade has been linked to how Manila rose as a strategic location for trade and commerce. 


With centuries worth of tradition and precious items that were traded and shipped, it is no wonder that the Galleon arrival and departure is celebrated with music and festivities. The ties between Mexico of North America and the Philippines of the East linked the two hemispheres together and brought progress and knowledge to it benefactors.

MUSIC LYF: Lani Misalucha Back In The Philippine Concert SceneWIth #LaNIghtingale

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After all these years of living and performing in the US, Lani Misalucha is back home to serenade her fans and supporters in the Philippines which have clamored for her return to the country to have her perform once again here. And their dreams and prayers have been answered with LaNIghtingale with Lani Misalucha at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

It will be a night full of memories, nostalgia, and her powerful voice that has earned her love and respect here and even when she was performing in Las Vegas where she got awards since arriving in Las Vegas in 2004, Misalucha has been called "New Siren of the Strip." In March 2008, Misalucha was voted "Best Singer" in the "27th Annual Best of Las Vegas" poll conducted on 8,000 respondents by the Las Vegas Review Journal. This put her in the same sentence as super-diva Celine Dion, the readers' pick for "Best Singer".

REEL DEAL: Christopher Nolan's "INTERSTELLAR" Blasts Past $400-M Worldwide

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“Interstellar,” the critically acclaimed new film from Christopher Nolan, continues to soar worldwide, surpassing the $400 million mark in its third weekend in release. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Megan Colligan, Paramount Pictures’ President of Worldwide Distribution Marketing. To date, the film has earned $328.9 million internationally and $120.7 million domestically for a global total approaching $450 million and counting.
The film, which had dominated the global box office in its first two weekends in release, had a phenomenal opening in China, where it has taken in an outstanding Rmb 505m ($82.5m) in the first 12 days in release and is already the second highest grossing film for the studio. The film is now the biggest Warner Bros. release ever in Korea and, in Russia, is already the highest-grossing Christopher Nolan film ever. It has shown incredible resilience, dropping only 21% i…

REEL DEAL: Penguins of Madagascar REVIEW

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I believe it is about time that the Penguins of Madagascar finally got their own movie with Dreamworks. And after 3 movies of the Madagascar franchise, they finally got to have their own film. Although they also have a TV series of the same title, the feel and timeline for this is definitely much more demanded by fans as they have their own brand of comedy and charm for the viewers.
Set after Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted, the Penguins go into a different direction to explore their own adventure. Being an elite team of Penguins from Antarctica, Rico, Private, Kowalski and Skipper have proven themselves as a very effective group that can face any danger that comes their way.

REEL DEAL: MINUSCULE : Valley of the Lost Ants

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In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor. A fantastic journey at ground level…
On the tube, “Minuscule” unspooled in tight, 6-minute episodes, as CG(computer generated) insects went about their modest adventures amidst the French countryside. Now at feature length, the approach of directors Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud always managed with modest, yet effective animation, nicely complimented by lush cinematography (lensed in Provence) and a sweet score that’s anything but antic.

Kathryn Bernardo Continues Juicy Cologne Endorsement

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Kathryn Bernardo stardom keeps on shining and still remain the teen queen of Philippine showbiz today. And with her loveteam Daniel Padilla has paved way to many projects that kept her very busy through all these years as the hottest loveteam in the country, KathNiel.

And with their success comes opportunities such as endorsements, and one of the most successful endorsements for Kath is when she joined the Juicy Cologne by Cosmetique Asia back in 2013. This year, Kath renews her endorsement with the brand which has soared to the second best selling cologne brand in the country.

The 2nd Philippine Ducati Weekend to be held at Clark InternationalSpeedway

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Get your gear on and race with one of the most loved brand in big bike, Ducati as it make tire tracks this weekend at the fair and open plains of Pampanga! The 2nd Philippine Ducati Weekend will be held at the Clark International Speedway  on November 22-22, 2014with famous International Ducatisti, Carlos Checa. Plus local Ducatisti’s like Ding Ding Dantes, Richard Gutierez and Dominique Roque.
The Philippine Ducati Weekend is based on the popular World Ducati Week, were all Ducati enthusiasts gather and share their Ducati experiences. The 1st Philippine Ducati Weekend was launched at Clark International Speedway in 2012 and the event was a flash because it had achieved an enormous amount of attendees because of the activities, variations of events and the full support of Ducatisti’s. 

“BATCH 2012: PANGALAWANG YUGTO” 15th Anniversary Special "Dokumentaryo" by Sandra Aguinaldo

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There are nightmares that you bring even into your waking hours.  Tragedies so deep it seems the hurt may never heal.
For the students of Bayug Elementary School, the horror still grip them, two years after Typhoon Sendong hit Iligan City.
In the documentary “Batch 2012”, I-Witness shared the story of Limuel Gonzaga, who graduated salutatorian despite losing his mother, his home and his entire school to the massive flooding that destroyed his community. He may have lost everything, but not his dreams and his determination. He is now studying in a private school through the help of his sponsors.

Giving More With Christmas Shopping at Caritas Manila’s Buy and Give 2 Expo

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The time of shopping is also a great time of giving. That statement is true when you do you Christmas gift preparations at Caritas Manila’s Buy and Give 2 Expo happening at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive, Makati City on November 28-30, 2014. This events is one of the Social Entrepreneurship Program of Caritas Manila will hold the second-run of a Grand Expo which they had last year at November 29, 30 and December 1, 2013 at the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.

Caritas Manila’s Social Entrepreneurship Program helps the livelihood of poor communities by encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and marketing their products. This program is providing skills and training to the urban poor communities and marginalized sector as well as honing them to become social entrepreneurs. Caritas Margins and Segunda Mana are two of the programs under Social Entreprise.

REEL DEAL: New “INTO THE WOODS” Trailer Arives

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The re-imagined fairytale characters get to sing in the new trailer of Disney's highly anticipated fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall. The trailer may may be viewed at http://youtu.be/dRgr7itwgak.
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

StarTalk Celebrates 19 Years As The Showbiz News Authority

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I can still remember more than ten years ago, me and my mother went inside the studios of GMA Network to be one of the audience of StarTalk. Yes, the longest running showbiz talk show in the country now on its 19th year and counting. With the orignal hosts back them who was Boy Abunda, Rossana Roces and Lolit Solis. It was my first time to see a love show in the flesh as well how controversial and dramatic the industry can be, and it still is.
Now being able to feature kapuso shows and news on my blog, my memory of startalk still lingers whenever I get inside the compound. Time did pass, hosts come and go, segments have evolved and yet the flavor of showbiz, the actors, the explosive news and the rivers of tears shed on the live show became history and became a foundation for StarTalk to be the showbiz authority.

REEL DEAL: World Class Animator Ben Stassen Helms “THE HOUSE OF MAGIC”

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An animated full-feature film, “The House of Magic” is based on an attraction film that was seen and experienced around a decade ago.  Ben Stassen, known for his wonders in animation production adapts the attraction film into a full-feature film – an attraction film is a 4D film that lasts 10-15 minutes.  
Stassen, a Golden Globe nominee under Best Foreign Film category for his film “My uncle’s Legacy” is also co-founder of nWave Pictures that is considered a world leader in multiplatform digital cinema. His first feature “Fly Me To The Moon” is the first animated work that was completely produce in 3D relief.

REEL DEAL: Hatching Top-Notch Spies In “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR”

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Get ready for a thrilling rollercoaster ride with the world-renowned spy penguins – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private in “Penguins of Madagascar.”  The Penguins’ transition from beloved supporting characters in “Madagascar” to headlining their own big screen epic was a no-brainer, thanks to their memorable traits.
“What drives the Penguins in all the films are their distinct and strong personalities,” says director Eric Darnell.   Adds director Simon J. Smith: “They’re like a band of brothers who above all value their friendship, moral code and love for one another.”   Most importantly, the Penguins really bring the funny.  “The most exciting thing about the project was to experience the story’s and characters’ humor,” says producer Mark Swift.  “They’re so appealing because they are so hilarious.”

There’s Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath, who created the characters for the blockbuster animated feature “Madagascar,” which he helmed, along with Darnell. McGrath’s Skipper is the team’s fe…

REEL DEAL: This Year's Cinemalaya Best Actor Dante Rivero In “1ST KO SI 3RD” Exclusive At Ayala Mall Cinemas

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After four decades, Cory (Nova Villa) and Third (Freddie Webb) cross paths again that will change the entire course of their twilight years.  Married to Alejandro (Dante Rivero), Cory initially avoids rekindling the past but the inevitable happens and finally finds herself loving each moment when their first date is finally realized.   Revolving around Cory, a recently retired government employee, the seductive idea of rekindling her first love has posed a challenging proposition for Cory. 
Dante Rivero, on the other hand, plays Alejandro, a very touching portrayal of a man in his 60’s seeking to come to terms with his wife’s attempts to rekindle a romance with an old flame out of marriage’s monotony.   “ 1st Ko Si 3rd” won Best Actor Award for Dante Rivero’s performance in the film and was one of the box office top grossers in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Young Explorer Robert Irwin Stops by Manila To Promote Wild But True atThe Exploreum

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Kids nowadays would either be stuck doing common things and probably would be hooked on video games or the internet. But that situation is different with the son of the legendary Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Robert Irwin who at only 11 years old is fast becoming a chip off the old block with his fascination with animals and science.

And at his young age, he is now part of an educational show about animals called Wild But True which airs on Discovery Kids. He recently visited Manila at the Exploreum at the SM Mall of Asia for a meet and greet and even did live experiments with a participating audience. Together with his family, his mother and his sister Dindi.

In the show, the wildest naturalist in the house, Robert Irwin teams up with Isabel Yamazaki, Discovery Kids’ resident science geek with all the info at her fingertips, to reveal how science has made mankind a true student of Mother Nature. The brand new show premieres every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., starting 2 December. Encores are e…

REEL DEAL: “BIG HERO 6” Opens At No. 1 Grosses P70M In 4 Days

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A child prodigy and his lovable robot charmed their way into the hearts of families, fanboys and girls, enabling Disney's “Big Hero 6” to gross a stunning P69.99-million nationwide in just four days (Nov. 6 to 9) and open at No.1.
Arriving with some of the year's best reviews, “Big Hero 6” benefited from strong exit recommendations and the characters' wide appeal to overlapping audiences.
The animated adventure broke several records on its debut weekend run, the highlights of which are: the Biggest All-Time Non-Franchise Animated Film Opening Weekend (surpassing the P45.9-M of “Up”); Biggest All-Time Disney Animation Studios' Opening Weekend (beating the P58.2-M of “Monsters University”); and Biggest 2014 4-Day Opening Weekend for Animation (ahead of “The Lego Movie's” P23.8-M).

DepEd to finish classroom construction in Yolanda-affected areas byJune 2015

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In keeping with the government’s thrust to build back better, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to deliver basic education to five regions affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA).
At present, the Department’s Yolanda interventions are geared toward the fourth and final phase of its Framework for Recovery and Rehabilitation. This includes the rehabilitation of more than 17,000 damaged classrooms, construction of new classrooms, and distribution of school furniture. As of November 4, more than half of the targeted 2,313 classrooms are ongoing construction.

Christian Bautista launches new album this Saturday

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After about two years, Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista is back with a new album “Soundtrack.” Produced by Universal Records, Christian’s new album includes memorable theme songs from the most romantic movies of all time.
The album’s first single Up Where We Belong, the theme from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” has already been chosen by GMA as the theme of its newest koreanovela “Empress Ki.”
Christian also bared his heart in his rendition of “A Thousand Years,” theme of the phenomenal hit movie series “Twilight.”
He also showed his edgier side in “Kiss From A Rose,” theme from “Batman Forever.” 
Christian also tapped some of the best female singers to collaborate with him. Former sweetheart Rachelle Ann Go joins him in their rendition of “The Way We Were.”

MUSIC LYF: Michael Buble To Perform In Manila On January 31st

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Michael Bublé, the four-time Grammy award winner and Canadian superstar, is returning to Manila as part of his World Tour on January 31st 2015 - at the Mall of Asia Arena.
It’s been more than 10 years since Michael’s last concert in Manila and he is very excited to come back and serenade Filipino fans with his much loved, chart-topping songs.
Michael Bublé has been selling out Arenas across the globe, making this show one of the year’s hottest concert tickets. In London, he was originally slated to do six nights at the London’s O2 Arena, but had to add four extra shows when the first run sold-out in just five minutes!

REEL DEAL: Jason Bateman Stars In "HORRIBLE BOSSES 2", "THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU"

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Golden Globe Award-winner Jason Bateman (TV's “Arrested Development,” “Hancock”) headlines two consecutive comedies from Warner Bros. Pictures: the laugh-out-loud “Horrible Bosses 2” and the inspiring “This is Where I Leave You.”
In “Horrible Bosses 2,” everyone's favorite working stiffs Nick (Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) rally with an original invention and another run at the American dream. But a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.

REEL DEAL: Poster, Cast of Characters Revealed For "WARCRAFT"

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Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have revealed the teaser posters for their highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of “Warcraft.” The one-sheets implore the viewer to either “Fight for the Alliance” or “Fight for the Horde.”
Along with the revelation, the studios have also confirmed the characters assigned to previously-announced castmembers.
THE ALLIANCE:
The lead protagonist for the Alliance is Anduin Lothar (“Vikings” star Travis Fimmel), a war hero who has sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe.
King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper) is the leader of the Alliance city of Stormwind and a beacon of hope to its people in a time of darkness.
Known as ‘the Guardian,’ Medivh (Ben Foster) is a mysterious and reclusive protector who wields formidable power.
Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) is a gifted young mage, embarking on a daring search for the truth.

Pirates Invade SM City Sucat for #SMSucatYoHoHoliday

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Christmas goes on a different vibe with pirates invading SM Sucat starting this December with Yo Ho Holiday!  Yes mateys you read it right, pirates have taken over the mall docking their ship inside bringing in loot and bounty.  
Celebrities also joined in to celebrate the launch with their families. Among them are Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Danica Sotto-Pingris and her kids. The launch started on November 9 hosted by VJ Chino Lui-Pio and with Christmas serenades by the Manila Children's Choir.

REEL DEAL: Michael Mann's New Film "BLACKHAT" Rolls Out Trailer

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Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just reeled-off the trailer for its upcoming action-thriller “Blackhat” from director Michael Mann (“Public Enemies,” “Miami Vice”). The trailer may be viewed at http://youtu.be/79ZIEsPAYLM.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, “Blackhat” follows a furloughed convict (Chris Hemsworth and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.
Opening across the Philippines on January 2015, “Blackhat” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.