Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kris Bernal Welcomes New Contravidas Sheena Halili And Jade Lopez Who Help Make The Show More Exciting As It'S Just About To Reach Its Thrilling Conclusion

KRIS BERNAL welcomes the inclusion of a new contravida in her hit drama show, “Impostora”. This is Jade Lopez who, like Kris, is a Starstruck discovery. This is in addition to Sheena Halili, another Starstruck find that is also making viewers mad and outraged because of her role as Rafaela who connives with Sheryl Cruz.

“Magaling si Jade na aktres so I’m sure makakatulong siya para lalong gumanda ang show, just like Sheena na very effective din sa role niya,” says Kris. “Sila ang mga bagong magpapahirap sa character ko as Nimfa.”

Jade is very thankful for the role GMA-7 gave her in “Impostora”. “I play Danica, isang babaeng maraming lihim at maraming masamang balak sa buhay,” she says. “Mismong ako, hindi ko kinakaya ang role ko kasi paiikutin niya talaga ang lead characters sa series. Very manipulative siya at sure akong kaiinisan siya ng viewers.”

Doesn’t she mind doing contravida roles? “Not at all. Enjoy akong pahirapan ang mga bida. Dream ko ngang maging magaling na contravida like Cherie Gil, Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez na talagang nagmamarka sa tao. E, mas bagay naman talaga akong maging contravida dahil mukhang contravida raw ako. Ha ha ha!”

What can she say that “Impostora” is currently one of the highest ratings show in GMA’s Afternoon Prime and how is it working with Kris Bernal? “I’m really very happy naman for Kris sa success ng ‘Impostora’. She deserves it as she has always been very hardworking. Ang tagal na since the last time na huli kaming nagkasama, that was in 2009 in ‘All My Life’. Magkabarkada kami roon. This time, magkalaban na. Na-miss ko siya talaga kasi eight years na since we last worked with each other. And I’m also happy na successful businesswoman din siya with the restaurants she opened. Masipag talaga siya ever since.”

She doesn’t hide the fact that she’s on with a non-showbiz guy. “We’re getting on married in October. I think we have any time to prepare for it.”

GMA-7 is fortunate that their afternoon dramas are all rating well: “Ika-6 na Utos”, “Impostora” and “Haplos”. It’s because of their strong women characters: Sunshine Dizon as Emma vs. Ryza Cenon as Georgia in “Ika-6 na Utos”, Kris Bernal as Nimfa vs. Kris Bernal as Rosette in “Impostora”, and Sanya Lopez as Angela vs. Thea Tolentino as Lucille in “Haplos”. As a Triple Threat, they’re really unbeatable as they’ve clobbered the shows of other channels in their time slots which proved to be of no match at all.

Mikee Quintos Gets Biggest Break In 'Sirkus', Denies Have A Romantic Affair With Andre Paras

MIKEE QUINTOS turned 21 last December 18. Her parents are both councilors in the city of Manila and she began her singing career while campaigning for them in political rallies. An architecture student in UST, GMA-7 gave her a very good break last year playing the role of Lira in the hit action-adventure series, “Encantadia”.

She has since been a guest in various Kapuso shows like “Dear Uge”, “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko”, “Tadhana”, “Wish Ko Lang”, “Usapang Real Love” and “Magpakailanman”. Now, she gets to play her first lead role opposite Mikoy Morales in the new telefantasya produced by GMA News & Public Affairs, “Sirkus”, written and directed by Zig Dulay.

“I really enjoyed doing this show as I get to work with great comedians Sef Cadayona, Chariz Solomon and Tetay. Ang dami kong natutuhan na iba-ibang atake sa comedy from them. Actually, kahit take na, natatawa ako sa kanila kaya kailangang pigilin ko ang sarili ko.”

In “Sirkus”, she plays Mia, the twin sister of Mikoy Morales and their parents are Zoren Legaspi and Angelu de Leon. How is it working with Mikoy? “He’s very talented kaya masarap katrabaho.” What if they’re linked to each other? “Ay, malabo siguro yun kasi magkapatid na kambal kami rito, e.”

Someone quipped she’s more than chummy with Andre Paras, who plays Martel, the muscleman, the show. “Friends kami noon pa kasi nagkasama kami sa ‘Encantadia’,” says Mikee. “And last holiday season, nagpunta kami sa Los Angeles ng family ko nagkataong nandun din sila ng family niya so nagkasama kami noong New Year. Sinundo niya ako with his brother Kobe, na gaya ni Andre, mabait at gentleman din. We went around Hollywood tapos dinala ako sa Universal Studios. Pero hindi nga kami puedeng magtagal sa bakasyon namin doon kasi we have to report na sa taping nitong ‘Sirkus’. I’m really happy we got the chance to work together again in this show that starts airing on GMA-7 on January 21 at 6:20 PM. But it’s not true na may relasyon kami, like what others are insinuating. Hindi po kami at ni walang ligawang nangyayari sa amin. We are really just very good friends.”

Drama Queen Judy Ann Santos Shines And Sizzles In A Comic Role In The Hilarious 'Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes'

JUDY ANN SANTOS and Angelica Panganiban both deliver totally rollicking performances in “Ang Dalawang Reyes”. Juday is Lianne, an accomplished cosmetic surgeon who has no idea her husband, Gary Reyes (Joross Gamboa), is a closet queen. The same goes with Angelica as Cindy, the wife of Felix Reyes (JC De Vera), who has a very controlling and domineering mom (Carmi Martin).

So imagine how shocked they are when they discover that their husbands are having a very gay affair. At first, they feel very hurt after being deceived by this unusual case of marital infidelity. They think of getting even, of revenge. They suffered, so it’s only fair that their erring husbands should suffer, too. Their efforts to spy on their husbands and prevent the same sex wedding they’re having in Taiwan are absolutely hilarious, with the help of Nico Antonio as Steve, a well endowed macho dancer whose help they sought to seduce their husbands and break them apart.

The film is initially treated as a comedy, which is not conventional for a movie about infidelity. Brocka’s “Tubog sa Ginto” is also about a wife who discovers her husband is a homosexual and it’s full of drama from start to finish. “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” takes a different route, but it eventually goes dramatic as it touches on serious issues about love, forgiveness and acceptance.

It works because everyone in the ensemble cast performs marvelously. Judy Ann Santos shows her versatility delivering all her comic punchlines (and even all her cuss words) with ribtickling precision. And when she goes to drama, with her tears just flowing down effortlessly, she’s faultless. She has so many great scenes here, dramatic ones with Joross, with their daughter Andrea Brillantes and her comic ones with Angelica, who’s also does great as the secretary who marries her boss’ son without knowing he’s hetero-flexible (the word of writer-director Jun Lana, not ours.) Angelica is so effective even in scenes that would seem potentially ludicrous, like her scenes with a talking cat!

Great support is given by Joross and JC as the husbands, Carmi as the meddlesome mother in law, Quark Henares as a private detective who’s oh so obviously also in the closet, and Gladys Reyes, Cai Cortez, Wilma Doesn’t as Juday’s supportive presents.

The film has many laugh-out-loud moments that send everyone inside the theatre going on an unabashed laugh trip from beginning to end. But in the end, after all the hurt and tears, all the pain and anger, the film’s true message is that love still conquers all. And we don’t mean just romantic love but love for another coupled with lots and lots of understanding and compassion.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a custom-lace wedding gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, renowned bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer, in Fifty Shades Freed, the all-new installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

Known for her romantic glamour and modern elegance, Monique Lhuillier brilliantly captures Anastasia’s alluring beauty and vulnerability in this design. The long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, dégradé Chantilly-lace tulle-sheath gown—with open illusion back and trail of lace covered buttons—exudes femininity and sophistication. A Cathedral-length tulle veil with appliqués of Chantilly lace adds astonishing glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance.

In keeping with the essence of her brand, Monique’s design evokes an enchanting and whimsical, yet sophisticated vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements. The classic, ethereal and effortless silhouette of the dress—topped with the elegantly embellished veil—is distinctly Monique Lhuillier.

“I was so delighted to be asked to design an iconic wedding dress for the character of Anastasia Steele for this climactic chapter of the Fifty Shades of Grey series," said Monique. "Further building on the success of the show-stopping look I designed for the masquerade ball in Fifty Shades Darker, it was a wonderful experience to be involved in this production. Once the wedding gown hits the big screen, I know this timeless design will live forever."

The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and veil designed for Anastasia and Christian’s wedding can now be seen in the trailer for Fifty Shades Freed. The feature film will be released in Philippine cinemas February 7, 2018.

For more information and a first look at the design, please preview the trailer at

ABOUT Fifty Shades Freed

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs.

Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman and Robinne Lee, who are joined for the first time by Arielle Kebbel and Brant Daugherty.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.


Monique Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers. Established in 1996 by Monique Lhuillier and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality and creativity. With a passion for creating collections that are both feminine and modern, Monique Lhuillier continues to design ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections that are luxurious, chic and true to her aesthetic. Fans include Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Camila Cabello and the First Lady Melania Trump among others. Monique’s signature design sensibility has led to the launch of licensed products including fur, fine jewelry and tabletop, transforming the company into a luxury lifestyle brand. Monique Lhuillier products are distributed through Monique Lhuillier stores, premium department stores and specialty stores throughout the world.


If her lucky streak continues, Big Little Lies actress Hong Chau is on the cusp of being only the sixth Asian actress ever to be nominated for an Oscar.

And this well-deserved recognition will be for her portrayal of Ngoc Lam, a Vietnamese immigrant who finds herself in a new world against her wishes, in Paramount Pictures' dramedy, Downsizing.

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt 1) starting January 24Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Chau's character, Ngoc Lan Tran, is a Vietnamese dissident, forcibly downsized in her country and shipped along with other downsized dissidents inside a TV box across the ocean to live in the small world. She was the only one of 19 to survive, one leg partially amputated. She starts a small cleaning business and spends her off hours helping others.

Chau sees Ngoc as “part dictator, part Mother Theresa, and part Charlie Chaplin. She's funny. Bossy. Demanding. And she’s driven to help the sick people who don't have anyone to take care of them.”

As the child of immigrants, Chau brought a unique clarity, sensitivity and enthusiasm to the part. “There aren’t many main protagonist roles like this for Asian actors. Usually when there are characters that have a strong accent, or come from a disadvantaged background, they're not the leads,” Chau says. “When you see characters like maids or taxi drivers or the ladies at the nail salon, they're usually background. You don’t go home with them and find out where they live and their family history, what they believe, what their interests are, if they have opinions about anything, if they have any desires. We sometimes forget that immigrants had interesting and complicated lives before they came to the U.S.

“In the film, people can’t pronounce my character’s name. Paul calls her ‘Nock Lang’ but her name actually means Jade Orchid and in Vietnamese you say your middle name first and then your first name. So, Ngoc is really her middle name and Lan is her first name. Alexander asked me a couple of days before we started the movie if I wanted to change her name. I said ‘no, nobody ever picks a difficult name like Ngoc Lan.’ They pick Mai or Lin or Kim. I wanted him to keep it because is difficult.” Like her character.

Hong’s character must live through the dark side of downsizing. “We have this great ability to take anything good and make it bad…to use it against people. Punishment. That is what happened to her – the downside of technology,” she notes.

It was a role that allowed her to do everything, Chau says. “It is amazing and so special that I really wanted to do it well. It's not just a great female role, or a great Asian female role. It's a great role, period.”

“It’s been a revelation to watch Hong work,” says screenwriter Jim Taylor says. “She is brilliant at filling in the full spectrum of that character, bringing additional dimensions to Ngoc.”

“Hong has impeccable comic timing,” praises co-star Matt Damon. “And she's completely bilingual. I think everybody in this movie is great but Ngoc might be the key to everything.”

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.