Saturday, February 17, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel vs. Alaska (VIDEO) February 17

PBA Philippine Cup 2018 Updates & Results (February 17, 2018) San Miguel Beermen(7-2) defeated Alaska Aces(6-4), 109-96 to grab their seventh win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday night at the Batangas City Coliseum.


The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 109 - Ross 24, Lassiter 21, Santos 21, Fajardo 17, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, de Ocampo 6, Lanete 4, Heruela 3, Vigil 2, Semerad 0, Pessumal 0.

ALASKA 96 - Casio 20, Thoss 15, Racal 13, Manuel 13, R. Pascual 9, Enciso 9, Abueva 7, Cruz 6, Exciminiano 4, J. Pascual 0, Potts 0.

Quarters: 16-26, 41-50, 74-71, 109-96. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]



San Miguel vs. Alaska (February 17, 2018) Highlights
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2018 NBA Celebrity Game Highlights (VIDEO)

2018 NBA Celebrity Game Highlights. The VERY BEST highlights from the 2018 Celebrity Game, featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Rachel DeMita, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierece, Nate Robinson, Candace Parker, and Kris Wu! [via NBA]







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San Miguel def. Alaska, 109-96 (REPLAY VIDEO) February 17

PBA Philippine Cup 2018 Updates & Results (February 17, 2018) San Miguel Beermen(7-2) defeated Alaska Aces(6-4), 109-96 to grab their seventh win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday night at the Batangas City Coliseum.


The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 109 - Ross 24, Lassiter 21, Santos 21, Fajardo 17, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, de Ocampo 6, Lanete 4, Heruela 3, Vigil 2, Semerad 0, Pessumal 0.

ALASKA 96 - Casio 20, Thoss 15, Racal 13, Manuel 13, R. Pascual 9, Enciso 9, Abueva 7, Cruz 6, Exciminiano 4, J. Pascual 0, Potts 0.

Quarters: 16-26, 41-50, 74-71, 109-96. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]



Alaska vs. SMB (February 17, 2018) Full Replay Video
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San Miguel vs. Alaska (1st Quarter)

San Miguel vs. Alaska (2nd Quarter)

San Miguel vs. Alaska (3rd Quarter)

San Miguel vs. Alaska (4th Quarter)

San Miguel vs. Alaska (Highlights)

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AWESOME DUNK OFF towards end of 2018 Rising Stars (VIDEO)

AWESOME DUNK OFF towards end of 2018 Rising Stars. Towards the end of 4th quarter in the 2018 Rising Stars game, the USA Team WENT OFF for some CRAZY DUNKS!!! Jaylen Brown threw down a through-the legs eastbay, Jayson Tatum had a fastbreak windmill, Dennis Smith Jr. had a 2-hand reverse, and John Collins caught a powerful one hand alley-oop. [via NBA]







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Friday, February 16, 2018

Darkest Hour Movie Review: It Will Be An Injustic If Gary Oldman Would Not Win The Oscar Best Actor Award As Winston Churchill

WE LIKE most of the films of British director Joe Wright, like “Pride and Prejudice” (2005), “Atonement” (2007) and his own version of “Anna Karenina” (2012) with Aaron Taylor Johnson a standout as Count Vronsky. He now tackles historical drama in “Darkest Hour”, an account of Winston Churchill in his early days as British Prime Minister (from May 8 to June 4, 1940, to be exact) during World War II, with Gary Oldman giving the most astonishing performance of his life that could win him his first Oscar.

The movie shows current Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) being forced to resign from his position because nine months into World War II, he’s proving to be inutile. His political party, the Tories, wants to appoint Viscount Halifax (Stephen Dillane) as successor but Halifax turns it down, so they’re forced to appoint Churchill, who is the only one acceptable to the opposition Labour party.

But he is personally disliked by Chamberlain, Halifax and the current King, George VI (Ben Mendelsohn). Churchill then leads Britain through World War and he gets ample support from his strong-willed wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his personal secretary Elizabeth Layton (Lily James).



Chamberlain and Halifax are against Churchill’s strong position on taking on Adolf Hitler’s regime
and refusing peace talks, so early on, they’re planning to force him to resign. When France succumbs to Hitler and the Allied forces retreat from Dunkirk across the English Channel, Chamberlain and the war council pressures Churchill to consider having peace talks with Hitler.

But Churchill refuses to have peace talks or strike a deal with Hitler. He is so determined in his belief that the only way Britain can maintain its freedom is by fighting Hitler and subsequently defeating him. And this is confirmed when he rides on the Underground (their subway) and the people told him they’ll never surrender. The king, eventually, also sides with him.

And history will prove Churchill’s decision right in determining the fate of the world. Remember that the movie is set at a time when Hitler’s Holocaust slaughtering millions of Jews has yet to be discovered to show that he’s really a murderous madman bent on committing genocide. It’s to Churchill’s credit that he foresaw the truth clearly more than the others did and resolved to fight the Nazis to the death.

The film owes much of its power from the screenplay of Anthony McCarten, who got an Oscar nomination for his biopic on Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” that won an Oscar for its lead actor. His new movie is about the rock band Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, that’s definitely worth looking into, considering his track record in weaving together the personal and professional lives of well known figures.

The title is very appropirate since the Germans then threaten to destroy British’s army at a time when U.S. Pres. Franklin Roosevelt chooses neutrality and declines to help them. Britain was really in a very dark place at that moment. “Darkest Hour” succeeds in showing how Churchill copes with the demand of winning over the confidence of the British people, as well as his colleagues who are opposed to him, while still find much lovable moments in showing the man’s personal life and relationships with the people around him.

The script is well served by Gary Oldman’s phenomenal portrayal of Churchill. We read that he has to undergo rigorous makeup sessions just so he can be uncannily transformed and totally disappear into his role. If you’d seen docus about Churchill, you’d agree that Oldman captures him totally, including his constant cigar smoking, his drinking and even the way he talks and his oratorical skills, especially in his famous, rousing “We will never surrender” speech that was also featured in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”.

He just brings the right mixture of warmth, intimidation and gravitas to his performance and he also interacts exceedingly well with all his co-stars, like in his scenes with King George VI and Halifax where he shows tension and control that make for compelling drama. His scenes with his wife gives the movie its heart and the ones with his young personal secretary (played by Lily James of “Cinderella”, “Baby Driver” and “Downton Abbey” with so much charm), brings out the humor and human side of the historical icon. To think there was just another recent Churchill movie, “Churchill” (set before the Normandy invasion), starring Brian Cox, which was widely vilified as mediocre.

The period production design gives the story a strong and authentic backdrop, with the cinematography creating strikingly rich visuals. The fantastic camera work is enhanced even more by the vibrant but lyrical musical score. These achievements make the film truly entertaining and worth seeing, so rush to the theaters now before it vanishes, since this kind of important history lesson is not the kind of escapist flick most viewers go for.

Why Ricky Davao Is Not Invited To The Wedding Of His Own Son, Kenneth

RICKY DAVAO’s eldest child and only son, Kenneth, got married last Thursday. We saw the pictures posted on social media and the first thing we noticed is that Ricky was not in any of the photos at all.
We inquired why he wasn’t there and a mutual friend told us: “Simple, he was not at all invited. He was so surprised when he learned from someone na ikakasal na yung anak niya and he wasn’t even informed.”

How sad, isn’t it? We heard Ricky and his son had a conflict because Kenneth didn’t like it when his dad gives him advice about his life. They haven’t been on speaking terms for a while and we’re told it’s his mom, Jackielou Blanco, who spent for his wedding.

But Ricky is in very good terms with his two daughters, Rikkie Mae, and the youngest one, Arabella, who’s now studying in Lisle, France. He even accompanied Arabella when she moved to France last month.

Sayang. The wedding could have been a good opportunity for the father and son to forgive each other, forget their ‘samaan ng loob’ and reconcile. Jackie should have insisted for Kenneth to invite his dad so his marriage can have a good start. It would have been nice if his marriage had the blessing of both his parents.

Erich Gonzales Denies She Has A New Boyfriend, Insists Her Career Is Her Only Priority Right Now & She Doesn't Mind Baring More Skin

ERICH GONZALES is so fulfilled that after her hit movie in the recent Metro Filmfest, “Siargao”, she’s now in the cast of another potential hit, “The Significant Other”, a love triangle flick where she plays the controversial role of the other woman and which opens this Wednesday. So, how is it to be the “kabit”?

“Okay naman,” she says. “Very challenging. Na-explain namang mabuti why my character, Nicole, had an affair with Tom Rodriguez. Hindi ko kasi alam na married na siya kay Lovi Poe kasi they kept their marriage a secret para hindi mag-suffer ang career ni Lovi as the country’s top model. But in real life, of course, I will never settle to being just the number two.”

So is she and Lovi okay now after their much talked about tiff that resulted from shooting a violent slapping scene? “Yes, we’re okay. We’re super good friends. What happened naman was just an accident. Nawindang lang kami kasi sobrang intense. Pero hindi naman namin pareho ginusto yung sumabit ang kamay ko sa hikaw niya at nagdugo. Hindi ako napikon like what others wrote. What we did is parte lang ng work namin at ibinigay lang namin ang hinihingi ng eksena at ni Direk Joel Lamangan. We just delivered what he ordered us to do.”

Is it true she calls Lovi now Lodi? “Yes, idol ko kasi siya sa kanyang diligent workouts. Perfect fitspiration ang kanyang figure. And I’m really happy to be given the chance to work with her kasi nga we’re connected with different networks. Sa mga eksena namin sa movie, magkaaway kami, laging galit sa isa’t isa, but off cam, masaya kami.”

Her ex-BF Daniel Matsunaga is very open in posting his photos with his new girlfriend, a Polish model, on social media. She, in turn, is being linked to a handsome non- showbiz guy named Mateo Lorenzo, who reportedly comes from a well to do family. What’s the real score between them?

“I remain single po. Ang dami kong trabaho right now, so I don’t think I’m ready na pumasok sa isang bagong relationship. Trabaho talaga ang siyang only priority ko ngayon. Love can wait, but the opportunities coming my way cannot. They are great blessings, so sa career muna po ako. I believe naman that in God’s perfect time, mangyayari rin yung magkaroon ako ng bagong lovelife, but I will make sure muna na kilalang-kilala na namin talaga ang isa’t isa before I commit again.”

She’s now more daring and showing more skin in her projects. Is this a deliberate career move? “Siempre po, we’re not getting any younger naman, so graduate na tayo sa pabebe roles. Teenager pa ako when I first joined showbiz, but now, 27 na ako. Hindi na puede yung paulit-ulit na pa-cute at tweetums, dapat may variation din. At kung hindi ko gagawin ngayon, kailan pa? Kaya ready na talaga ako to play more mature and more demanding roles.”