Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FOUR BROTHERS PROVE INNOCENCE AND LOVE FOR FAMILY IN “THE GOOD SON”


Witness the unusual case of love for family in ABS-CBN’s much-anticipated family drama “The Good Son,” where four sons fight for their right and seek justice beginning Monday (Sep 25) on Primetime Bida.

“The Good Son” will surely play on viewers’ minds every night as its story centers on four brothers who come from different families and search for the truth to prove their innocence in their father’s sudden death.

Rising teen star Joshua Garcia plays the role of Joseph, Racquel’s (Mylene Dizon) kind and responsible son, who does everything to give his family a good life. His brother Obet (McCoy De Leon) is his partner-in-crime, who brings them laughter and serves as their source of happiness.


They live a simple, happy life even if they are not with their father Victor (Albert Martinez), who keeps their identity a secret, even to his legitimate sons Enzo (Jerome Ponce) and Calvin (Nash Aguas), with the help of his legal wife Olivia (Eula Valdez) to maintain their good reputation.

However, just as they think their lives will go on without them knowing each other’s existence, their paths cross as they receive the worst news of their lives --- Victor dies after being poisoned, and his four sons are the primary suspects for the crime.

This marks the start of Joseph, Obet, Enzo, and Calvin’s battle to prove their innocence and testify their undying love for their father against people’s judgement and accusations.
Who killed Victor? What does the future hold for the families he left? Who among his sons is the real good son?

Meanwhile, fresh from the success of his Star Cinema movie “Love You to the Stars and Back,” one of the series’ lead stars Joshua is thankful for the anticipation and support viewers have given the show even if it has not started airing yet.

“Our whole team feels pressured especially now that we are on primetime. But we will use this to motivate us to do better in our work,” said Joshua.

“The show will show how we can take care of and protect our family,” he added. “It is also intriguing that one of the family members killed our father. That is something viewers should watch out for.”

Also part of the stellar cast are this generation’s top teen actresses Loisa Andalio, Elisse Joson, and Alexa Ilacad, with seasoned stars John Estrada, Ronnie Lazaro, Jeric Raval, Alex Medina, and Kathleen Hermoso. This is under the direction of Manny Palo and Andoy Ranay.

Don’t miss the unusual case of love for family in “The Good Son,” starting this Monday (Sep 25) after “La Luna Sangre.” For more information, go fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @DreamscapePH on Twitter and Instagram.

Top 10 Plays of the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 (VIDEO)

FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Results & Replay Video. Check out the best plays from throughout the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 tournament! Featuring: Pau Gasol (Spain), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Luigi Datome (Italy), Joffrey Lauvergne (France), Timofey Mozgov (Russia), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia) and Daniel Theis (Germany).


(Top 10 Plays w/ Porzingis, Markkanen, Gasol and more! - FIBA EuroBasket 2017)



Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Final 12-man lineup for 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup


Photo credit: Sports5 / @Sports5PH

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Latest News & Updates. FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 Free Live Stream & Updates | September 22-30, 2017 in Chenzhou-Hunan, China (Chenzhou Sports Complex). Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas announced on Tuesday the 12-man lineup for the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.



Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Roster:
1. Isaiah Austin (import)
2. Rod Ebondo (import)
3. Kiefer Ravena
4. Carl Bryan Cruz
5. Raymar Jose
6. Jeron Teng
7. Jeric Teng
8. Almond Vosotros
9. Jett Manuel
10.LA Revilla
11. Norbert Torres
12. Alfrancis Tamsi
Head Coach: Chot Reyes

FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 [LIVE STREAM, SCHEDULE & UPDATES - click here]

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas' Schedule of Games (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017):
September 22 - (9:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. BC Astana (Kazakhstan) [LIVE STREAM]
September 23 - (4:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Sarreyet Ramallah (Palestine) [LIVE STREAM]
September 24 - (2:30pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Mono Vampire BC (Thailand) [LIVE STREAM]
September 26 - (9:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Petrochimi (Iran) [LIVE STREAM]



Monday, September 18, 2017

“BLADE RUNNER 2049” RETURNS US TO ENTHRALLING, DYSTOPIAN FUTURE


Thirty-five years ago, the groundbreaking futuristic film Blade Runner hit theatre screens for the first time. Directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the movie thrust audiences into a dystopian future unlike anything they had ever experienced.


Back then, no one could have imagined how Blade Runner would go on to reverberate through modern culture, pioneering what became an entirely new genre: neo-noir cyberpunk. Today, Scott’s visionary masterpiece is heralded as one of the best and most important motion pictures of all time, but its impact has gone beyond filmdom, to television, music, art, fashion, and even university courses.

Now, after more than three decades, Columbia Pictures' Blade Runner 2049 returns us to the world that has enthralled generations of fans in a film that is at once a long-awaited follow-up and a much-anticipated standalone moviegoing experience.

Director Denis Villeneuve, who counts himself among the original film’s devotees, says, “I vividly remember seeing Blade Runner for the first time and being stunned by what I think is amongst the most powerful openings in the history of cinema—flying over the Los Angeles of 2019, and seeing that landscape of oil factories. Ridley Scott presented such a strong image of what could be our future that was at the same time so seductive and so frightening.

“Aesthetically, Blade Runner was a revolution,” he continues, “blending two genres that, at first glance, don’t go together—science fiction and film noir. It was something never seen before, and it deeply influenced me. It was part of my film education even before I knew I would become a filmmaker.”

Ridley Scott says that even, with all of its difficulties, he could never have predicted how iconic one of his earliest major features would come to be. “You don’t think about that when you’re in the midst of it,” he comments, “but I knew for sure we had made something really special.”

In the time since, however, it became apparent that Scott’s film had predicted a range of societal concerns that have grown ever-more prevalent. And with our planet now on the cusp of when Blade Runner was set, it seems more revelatory, and more relevant, than ever—foreshadowing issues of urban decay, climate change, genetic engineering, overpopulation, the divides of social and economic strata and more.

Producer Andrew A. Kosove agrees. “‘Blade Runner’ was ahead of its time in so many ways. With its thought-provoking narrative and signature visual design—which Ridley Scott brilliantly conceived—the movie permeated our culture and changed our perceptions about the role of technology and about our future. I think that’s why it is so revered.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas Friday, October 06, Blade Runner 2049 is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

JADA PINKETT SMITH, QUEEN LATIFAH REUNITE IN “GIRLS TRIP”


For the first time in 20 years, global stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah reunite onscreen in Universal Pictures' adult comedy Girls Trip, exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting September 27.

Girls Trip follows four lifelong friends––Ryan, Dina, Lisa and Sasha—as they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make The Big Easy blush.


Jada Pinkett Smith (Magic Mike XXL) stars as Lisa Cooper, a conservative nurse and mother of two children who desperately needs a weekend getaway; and Queen Latifah (Miracles from Heaven) as Sasha Franklin, a gossip blogger who is circling a life reset of her own. The two first so brilliantly appeared onscreen together in F. Gary Gray’s endlessly watchable Set It Off.
Producer Will Packer admits he’s thrilled about putting the two global stars in another movie: “Queen Latifah was right for Sasha, as Jada Pinkett Smith was perfect for Lisa. Then we realized how great it would be if we got them both and put them together. Once we discovered that they were both interested—and they talked to each other because they have maintained a great friendship throughout the years—we knew we could have something special. It could get no better.”

Pinkett Smith discusses her interest in joining the Girls Trip production, and in one word, it is “cast.” She reflects: “I wanted the opportunity to work with Latifah again. I’d never worked with Regina Hall, and she’s absolutely hilarious. That and, of course, I’ve had the blessing of meeting Tiffany Haddish and working with her.”

The veteran performer gravitated to her character because she saw such a light in her, albeit one that had dimmed over the years but was still a part of her. “Lisa’s been caught up in the mother game,” Pinkett Smith offers. “When she was in college she used to be a wild child, but now she’s so domesticated. She doesn’t have much of a style anymore because it’s just about her kids and about work. This trip that she’s going on with her girlfriends will help her get her groove back.”

When it came to casting Latifah, Packer was as happy as anyone in the cast or crew to reunite Smith and her former co-star. “Queen Latifah is somebody who we know can do comedy, drama and we know she can act,” he says. “So it was a role that we took and wrapped it around her to make it fit her persona.”

Queen Latifah punctuates the connection of family in the film, saying: “This movie is all about sisterhood. We step in at different times, and we all supply what the others need. Sometimes you just need a hug. Sometimes you need to be checked. Sometimes you need to be snapped out of something or a shoulder to cry on. The bottom line is we’re always there for each other; it doesn’t matter what’s going on. We will shut everything down to be there, and women can relate to that. They need to see that, so we are going to show it to them in more ways than they probably even thought.”

The actress appreciated that she had to go to darker places with her character, as Sasha is perhaps experiencing the biggest life change among the four friends. She explains: “Sasha is currently a blogger, but that’s not what she wants to be doing. She’s a journalist by training, and she always expected that she and Ryan (Regina Hall) would do that together. But that went another direction when Ryan started her own thing with her husband and left Sasha in the dark trying to figure out what to do next. She drifted into writing salacious stories that her heart is not into. She’s also not in best place financially —living high post on low ink, fronting a little bit,” Latifah concludes.

Girls Trip is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Jennifer Lawrence Runs Away with Title Role of “mother!”


Oscar Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence adds a home invasion horror tale to her repertoire with Paramount Pictures' psychological thriller m o t h e r ! in Philippine cinemas September 20.


Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

“One of the greatest things that can happen to you as an artist is to be a part of a movie that starts conversation because it’s an original idea, completely unique,” says Lawrence of m o t h e r !. “Even though we’re shooting things that are eerie, the allegory is so much bigger. It’s what it all means.

“There’s a million different facets to this movie that certain people are going to relate to, be scared of, intrigued by,” continues Lawrence. She describes the lure of playing mother, the adoring wife and muse to Javier Bardem’s enigmatic poet: “Falling in love is scary. Being vulnerable? Terrifying. Not letting yourself be vulnerable? Also, terrifying.

“It’s one thing to make something lukewarm,” says Lawrence. “It’s another to make something scalding hot. This? It’s a Roman candle. An explosion. A riot of a movie. An expression. There’s definitely a moment in this movie where some will say, ‘Darren, you’re taking this too far’ and storm out of the theater. But I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t already thrown the script across my hotel room in New York and thought this guy is crazy. But he has to take it all the way. I think he was right to not shy back and be afraid.”

As for that Roman candle, expect an unsettling metaphoric ride that will shock and jar audiences. Lawrence’s dark summation: “A creator always needs a muse. As long as the universe is expanding, men will be using women.”

Rated R-16 Without Cuts by the MTRCB, m o t h e r ! is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.