Monday, February 19, 2018

Bleeding Steel Movie Review: Jackie Chan Back In His Usual Hongkong-Style Of Action Flick With Exciting Set Pieces And Hilarious Comic Scenes

AFTER TRYING straight drama as a dad grieving over the death of his daughter in the hands of terrorists in “The Foreigner”, Jackie Chan returns to his usual slambang action-comedy in “Bleeding Steel”, a futuristic tale concerning a mad scientist and mutants, coupled with goofy slapstick humor and some very violent scenes where someone’s heart is shown being ripped from his chest.

This is almost like a throwback to Jackie’s “Police Story” films before. Set in Australia, the movie even shows Jackie doing his familiar derring-do scenes in an action scene shot on the top of the famous Sydney Opera House. He plays a special forces agent, Lin Dong, who is in a hurry to escort and protect a bio-engineering whiz, Dr. James (Kim Gyngell), to a well guarded facility so he can go and say a last goodbye to his daughter, Xixi, who’s dying from leukemia.

He gives priority to his mission but he and his team faces the formidable villain, Andre (Callan Mulvey), a mutant warrior who’s like a Frankenstein’s monster who was transformed by radiation exposure. Andre now who wants to track down James to obtain the immortality serum that James has concocted. Andre’s cohorts are called bioroids and look like the Stormtroopers of Star Wars garbed in black uniforms.

From there, the narrative jumps to the year 2020. Jackie is doing various jobs to be close to a student named Nancy (Nana Ouyang, a cellist who tries acting), who was raised in an orphanage. It is so easy to guess that she is actually Jackie’s daughter we thought had died but was revived by a cybernetic heart. Several enemies who are biotech mutants then show up and we see countless frenetic chase sequences along Sydney’s streets and even inside of Australian buildings.

“Bleeding Steel” offers a lot of action set pieces that fans of Jackie’s Hongkong style action flicks then have gotten used to, complete with glossy production values, spectactular pyrotechnics and the usual hilarious outtakes and bloopers during the end credits. Told with very fast pacing by Director Leo Zhang, Jackie gets to face a lot of adversaries including a woman with flying daggers and a drag queen who seduces guys with plastic boobs.

Since Jackie is now in his 60s, so his production team now has to design for him action set pieces that will not overtax his physical capabilities and put him on grave danger. He’s still quite nimble, but a lot more special effects are also used to enhance his stunts, unlike before when he used to everything highly physical all by himself and without any tricks at all. Actually, he’d be better off playing Nancy/Xixi’s grandpa, but still he manages to have a touching reunion scene with his long lost daughter.

Jackie is generous enough to allow younger actor Show Lo as Leeson to handle a lot of comic scenes. We’ve seen him before in the hit comedy, “Mermaid”, and he has created a smart-aleck persona that is perfect foil to Jackie’s dead earnest one. All in all, the movie offers quite a lot of fun.

Mike Tan Says He Has Valid Reasons For Keeping His Wedding A Secret And It's Not Because He's Ashamed Of His Wife

MIKE TAN felt sad when his character in “Ika-6 na Utos” was killed. “Nakakahinayang kasi ang tagal pa pala ng itatakbo ng show, tapos nawala na agad ako,” he says. “But then, it turned out bibigyan naman pala ako ng kapalit na bagong show, ang ‘Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka’, na leading man ako ni Yasmien Kurdi.”

Mike got married last January 22 in a very private ceremony in Rodriguez, Rizal, to his non-showbiz girlfriend, but he decided to keep it very quiet. “More than ten years na rin kami kasi bago pa ako sumali sa Starstruck, magkakilala na kami, e. Ilang beses muna niya kong ni-reject bago siya nakipag-date sa akin. Naging tahimik kami all throughout kahit nasa showbiz na ako. Never siyang umeksena and now na kasal na kami, we prefer na maging tahimik pa rin yun as much as possible.”

Someone quipped that he might appear not be proud of his wife so he’s hiding her from public. “Hindi naman. Siya rin naman ang may gusto ng ganitong set up. Even our wedding was so private. Ayaw niya ng engrandeng kasal. Only close family and friends were invited and we requested them not to post our wedding pictures sa social media. Wala ngang showbiz friends na invited, so nirerespeto ko lang ang decision niya to be private.”

So now, is he ready to have his own family? “Yes, kasi 31 na rin ako. It’s about time bumuo ng sarili kong pamilya. Ready na kami tanggapin kung ano ang ibibigay ni God sa amin. Mas inspired nga akong magtrabaho because of my new responsibility as head of our family. Hanga nga ako sa kapareha ko in ‘Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka’ na si Yasmien Kurdi kasi matagumpay niyang napagsasabay ang kanyang family life and career.”

He’s also happy to be part of an advocaserye like “Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka” about the ordeals and struggles of a person who is HIV positive. This will start airing on February 26, replacing the current Sanya Lopez-starrer, “Haplos”.

“The incidence of HIV in our country continues to escalate so it’s alarming. Kaya kailangan ng ganitong show that will foster awareness about HIV and how to handle it. Dito, as the title shows, hindi ko iniwanan si Yasmien even after I found out na HIV positive siya. Nakuha niya yun when she was raped by Martin del Rosario. In spite of this, I supported her all the way as her husband and magkasama kaming nilabanan yung sakit niya at lahat ng mga taong nanlalait sa kanya dahil nga may HIV siya.”

Regine Velasquez Travels All Over The Country To Look For The Next Superstar In 'The Clash', The New Gma-7 Reality Show She Is Hosting

REGINE VELASQUEZ now has time to focus on the new reality show that she’ll be hosting after the huge success of her “#PaMore” Valentine concert at the MOA. “The Clash” is the Kapuso Network’s newest superstar search this 2018 on GMA-7. Auditions will be held nationwide and the first rigorous leg has just been staged in Cebu last weekend at the Gaisano Island Mall Mactan from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Regine says this contest is open to all male and female Filipinos, age 16 and above, but unlike most singing competitions, “The Clash” is open to both amateur and professional performers," she adds. “No limitations ang ‘The Clash’. Kahit professional ka na pero hindi naman nagtagumpay ang career mo, puede kang sumubok uli in this contest. Who knows baka dito ka na suwertihin? If you’ve joined other contests before, puede ka uling sumali rito kasi over time, mas nahasa ka na, mas gumaling ka na and has gained more experience. Naiiba ito from all the singing competitions GMA had before. Meron kasi itong part na may one-on-one na face off. Pipili ka kung sino sa tingin mo ang kaya mong talunin as the best contender."

The next venues for auditions will be in Davao, Baguio and Metro-Manila. It’s scheduled to start
airing at the middle of this year and will be aired twice a week for 14 weeks. Sitting with Regine in the auditions to screen and listen to all the contestants are Directors Bert de Leon and Louie Ignacio, with singer-composer Jay Durias.

“The Clash” panel of advisers/jurors during its actual airing will be composed of Ai Ai de las Alas, Christian Bautista and Lani Misalucha. It will be recalled that the song competitions Regine hosted before produced bright talents like Sarah Geronimo from “Star for a Night” in 2003, Rachelle Ann Go from “Search for a Star” in 2004, then “Pinoy Pop Superstar” that produced the likes of Jonalyn Viray, Gerald Santos and Aicelle Santos who all made a name for themselves.

Regine notes that the taste of the public seems to have changed through the years. “Dati kasi, puro biritera ang gusto nila. But today’s generation, mas gusto nila yung more relaxed kind of singing. Hindi kailangang puro birit na lang. Mas importante na rin yung presence ng singer and the way he or she interprets and performs the song. For ‘The Clash’, we also want someone who can also go into acting later. They’ll also get a lof training and mentoring on how to sing, dance and perform correctly during the actual run of the show. Marami silang matututuhan, so they should be open to learning. At maraming pinto ang maaaring magbukas para sa kanila, aside from the P1 million cash prize. E, noong kapanahunan ko sa ‘Ang Bagong Kampeon’, walang mga ganyan kaya mas masuwerte talaga ang mga kontesero’t kontesera ngayon.”

So does she think they’ll find the new Regine Velasquez in “The Clash”? “Naku, tigilan na yang mga the next next na yan. Noon mo pa naririnig kung sino raw ang susunod kina Martin or Gary, who’ll be the next Sharon or Kuh. Wala naman, di ba? Kasi nandiyan pa rin sila. Kaya walang the next Regine. Walang the next whoever, whatever. Bawat bagong singer, kailangang magkaroon ng sarili niyang tatak, ng sarili niyang identity. You have to make your own mark in your career, in the whole industry, in your own generation.”

Regine wants to remind applicants in the next round of auditions to bring original and duplicates of their birth certificate plus two recents photos, plus two songs (English and Filipino) with their own instruments of minus one.


The Lunar Year of the Dog? For now it's more like a strong Year of the Panther, as Marvel Studios' Black Panther lunged and clawed its victorious way to Philippine cinemas, posting a monumental opening weekend of Php 258.57-M (including sneaks) in five days (Feb 14 – 18).

With that smash figure, Filipino Marvel fans gave Black Panther the most successful February launch in industry history as well as the year's biggest opening weekend to-date.

In comparison, the critically acclaimed super hero film about the young king of the fictional and tehnologically-advanced African country of Wakanda, surpassed the opening weekends of recent Marvel Studios titles led by Guardians of The Galaxy (+143%), Ant-Man (+ 97%), Doctor Strange (+92%), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (+62%) and Thor: Ragnarok (+62%).

Leading the cinema pack in box-office sales are SM Mall of Asia (P10.56-M), SM Megamall (P8.87-M) and SM North EDSA (P8.65-M).

Posting mighty grosses in the top ten are Trinoma (P5.41-M), SM Cebu, (P4.91-M), Uptown Place (P4.47-M), Glorietta 4 (P4.35-M), Power Plant (P4-M), Greenbelt 3 (P3.86-M) and SM Ckark (P3.75-M).

Completing the top twenty theaters are SM Aura (P3.64-M), Greenhills Promenade (P3.58-M), Fisher Mall (P3.55-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.52-M), Ayala Malls Cebu (P3.43-M), SM Southmall (P3.42-M), U.P. Town Center (P3.39-M), SM Seaside City Cebu (P3.36-M), Gateway Cineplex (P3.25-M) and Robinsons Magnolia (P3.22-M).

In the US, Black Panther opened to a super-heroic $235 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend.

It is the highest three-day debut ever for a February film and the fifth highest of all time. Black Panther has also demolished the record for the largest President’s Day weekend, blowing past Deadpool’s 2016 mark of $152 million.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
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Action icon Bruce Willis becomes mortal grim reaper in “Death Wish” as character’s his life is shattered when his wife was killed and left his daughter in a coma during a robbery attempt in their home. 

In “Death Wish”, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) has it all: A beautiful family, a lovely home and an exciting and meaningful career as a surgeon in the emergency room of a bustling hospital. But when Kersey’s wife Lucy (Elisabeth Shue) is killed during a robbery attempt at their home and his daughter Jordan (Camila Morrone) is left in a coma after fighting back against the three attackers, he enters a world he never planned for. Emotionally shut down, Kersey leans on his brother Frank (Vincent D’Onofrio) for help, and on Detectives Raines and Jackson (Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise) for any updates on the arrests of the men who did this to his family.

As the police show Kersey a wall of unsolved cases and become resigned to the fact that his case will also go unsolved, something clicks in Kersey, a man who, as his brother Frank reminds him, used to be known for fighting back in the tough neighborhood they grew up in. Walking into a local gun shop, Kersey decides to arm himself. But his role in the world is saving lives, not taking them. No matter who is wheeled into his emergency room, to Kersey, they’re all patients in need of attention. How could he seek justice on such harsh terms? Yet as Kersey ventures into the night, he finds innocent people being preyed upon. When he foils a violent carjacking and a bystander’s cellphone footage of it goes viral, the media gives this unknown guardian angel a dark nickname: “The Grim Reaper.” As Paul Kersey gets closer to Knox (Beau Knapp) – the criminal who killed his wife – the city, unaware of this mysterious justiceseeker’s motives, wonders how it will end.

Updated from the original novel by Brian Garfield, director Eli Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey, Narc) Death Wish also stars Vincent D’Onofrio (The Magnificent Seven, TV’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Camila Morrone, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters). It’s a knife’s-edge portrayal that challenges our assumptions, and pushes our buttons.

By bringing the complex psychology of Brian Garfield’s book up-to-the-moment and injecting new thrills and a stark, unflinching look at the American psyche in 2018, Eli Roth and Death Wish bring audiences to the height of unforgettable suspense.

“Before I had kids, [being a father] wasn’t a part of these action films I do,” says Willis. “Now, it’s a major component. This film really makes you think about how far you will go to protect your family. After his own family is brutalized, Paul Kersey has zero tolerance for any bad guy to harm another innocent person. And we show the audience the underlying reasons why he does what he does.”

A full non-stop action thriller, “Death Wish” opens March 1 in cinemas nationwide from OctoArts Films International.

The Muhlachs are back again for “Isa pang Chickenjoy!”

Aga Muhlach on why Jollibee Chickenjoy will always be his family’s favorite fried chicken
From L to R: Jollibee Brand PR and Engagement Specialist Celina Tan; Assistant Brand Manager Shaun Si; Marketing Director for Flagship Products Cathleen Capati; Global Chief Marketing Officer and Philippines Head of Marketing Francis Flores; Aga, Charlene, Atasha and Andres Muhlach; Senior Brand Manager for Chickenjoy Joseph Aruta; Assistant Brand Manager Pamie Cruz; and Brand PR and Engagement Manager Cat Triviño.

For Aga Muhlach and his family, there is only one brand that comes to mind when you talk about fried chicken: Jollibee Chickenjoy.

Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand has always been known for its wide variety of offerings. They have delighted taste buds and captured the hearts of Filipino diners for four decades now. Of course, the most famous offering is Chickenjoy: a crispylicious, juicylicious, gravylicious favorite that continues to thrill Filipinos of all ages, across different generations.

The Muhlachs—a prominent celebrity family consisting of Aga, Charlene, and their twins Atasha and Andres—along with scores of Filipino families all over the country and the world, consider Chickenjoy as the delicious centerpiece to countless bonding moments.

The latest Chickenjoy TV commercial, which started airing in January 2018, brings another side of the Muhlach family to the fore. In this ad, Aga reminisces key moments in his life as he remembers how Chickenjoy has been a huge part of their family bonding moments through the years.

Like any other family, the Muhlachs treat mealtime as a perfect opportunity for fun family bonding; and as a way to celebrate each other’s company with a favorite they have grown to love through the years.

Mula noon, hanggang ngayon
The new Chickenjoy ad is more of a reunion for the Muhlachs’ with the 40-year-old homegrown fast-food brand. Aga—with his matinee idol looks and signature dimples—has always been closely associated with Chickenjoy through a series of fun, memorable commercials for Jollibee. This dates back from his bachelor days up to today as he has grown into an upstanding family man.

“Talagang mula noon, hanggang ngayon, Chickenjoy has been a constant presence in my life,” Aga shared. “Not only because of all the projects I did with Jollibee, but because it really is my favorite fried chicken. From the crispylicious skin to the juicylicious, malinamnam meat that you dip in the gravy, Chickenjoy really hits the spot when it comes to flavor na ‘di ko malilimutan.”

This love for Chickenjoy is something that the actor has shared with his family up to now with the teenage Atasha and Andres, who also appeared in several Chickenjoy commercials as young children.

“And the twins really do the ‘isa pa! isa pang Chickenjoy’ thing because they really love (the product). They grew up with Chickenjoy, and they know that when it comes to fried chicken, talaga namang best sa sarap ang Chickenjoy,” he added.

“Throughout the years, Chickenjoy has always been a classic favorite for many Pinoy families because of the unparalleled flavor and dining experience it delivers,” said Cathleen Capati, Jollibee Marketing Director for Flagship Products. “The love for our crispylicious, juicylicious, and gravylicious offering is something that one grows up with, and is eventually passed on to the younger generation, like with Aga and his family. This tradition of heartwarming family moments made even more joyful with Chickenjoy is something that we at Jollibee hope to encourage and foster for the years to come.”

Like the Muhlachs, celebrate family bonding time with a time-tested classic from Jollibee! Savor every crispylicious and juicylicious bite of Chickenjoy today, available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

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Muhlach twins Atasha and Andres talk about their fondest Jollibee memories as children.

Aga Muhlach talks about his experience as Jollibee’s Chickenjoy endorser.

Jollibee and the Muhlach family do the “isa pa, isa pang Chickenjoy” dance.

Jollibee Senior Brand Manager for Chickenjoy Joseph Aruta talks about how the reunion of Jollibee and the Muhlachs perfectly celebrates the fast-food giant’s 40th anniversary this 2018.