The local entertainment industry is still struggling due to a string continuous flop of movies in cinemas, but the Valentine’s Day movie of LizQuen changed the dismal atmosphere with their movie ‘Alone/Together.’
Let us first take a review of some movies who were out in cinemas from January to February 2019.
BOY TOKWA: LODI NG GAPO – directed by Tony Reyes, it stars Jose Manalo, with Joey Marquez, Buboy Villar, and Karel Marquez, among others. From VST Production Specialists, Inc. (with senate president Tito Sotto or Vicente Sotto III as executive producer).
It is based on a true story of Rodrigo Morelos’ (aka Boy Tokwa). It is also the story of his grandson who heads back to the Philippines in search of the truth about his grandfather.
SAKALING MAGING TAYO – directed by JP Habac, it stars Elisse Joson and McCoy De Leon, with Chai Fonacier, Paulo Angeles, and Milo Elmido Jr. The movie is a collaboration from Quantum Films and ABS-CBN Films’ Black Sheep outfit.
A story of two college freshmen, Pol (McCoy de Leon) and Laya (Elisse Joson). Pol is about to spend a care-free night in a music festival and accidentally meet Laya who is about to move back to Manila to escape from being brokenhearted, during their last day of school in Baguio City.
ELISE – directed by Joel Ferrer, it stars Janine Gutierrez and Enchong Dee, with Victor Anastacio, Laura Lehmann, and Miel Espinoza, from Regal Entertainment.
Another one inspired by a true story, this romantic film is about ex-lovers who meet again.
A sad truth about these movies is their lackluster quality that some of them spent so much for the production but the movies earned less. Even ‘Time & Again’ pulled-out from the cinemas.
But for LizQuen movie ‘Alone/Together’ was a hit. The only sold-out movie among all the other movies the has been screened. They are now on their second week and accordingly they already earned a 7-million gross income as of February 20.
On Tuesday, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil went to Dubai to attend a sold-out screening of ‘Alone/Together’ at the Reel Cinema in The Dubai Mall.
Despite the continued flop of movies, except for ‘Alone Together,’ producers still have their hopes and continue to produce quality and inspiring movies.
For the First time, Enchong Dee, a Kapamilya actor was allowed to guest on the top-rating and long-running noontime show of GMA Network, ‘Eat Bulaga,’ to promote his movie with Kapuso actress Janine Gutierrez under Regal Entertainment, ‘Elise,’ from the writer and director Joel Ferrer that will hit cinemas nationwide starting February 6, 2019.
Echong was so happy to appear on ‘Eat Bulaga’ and be part of the segment ‘BOOM’ with Janine. He even tweeted on his account to thank the show.
“Maraming salamat sa masayang experience @EatBulaga at salamat sa mga nanuod na dabarkads😊👍🏼👍🏼”
Despite Enchong Dee being allowed to guest on the GMA network noontime show, it was already a no for Janine Gutierrez to guest in “It’s Showtime” of ABS-CBN to promote their upcoming movie.
Both are more comfortable working with each while doing the romantic–comedy ‘Elise’ as they already have experienced doing an indie film entitled ‘Lila’ that was directed by Gino Santos in 2016.
According to Janine, Enchong Dee is one of her closest friends in showbiz and it happened that he is also a close friend of Rayver Cruz, Janine’s rumored boyfriend, a former Kapamilya actor who is now a Kapuso talent.
Janine was askedt if she would be willing to work again with his ex-boyfriend Elmo Magalona who is now on the Kapamilya network. She answered, “not for now.”
“Huwag na lang muna. Marami pa namang iba riyan na hindi ko pa nakakatrabaho,” she answered.
She graduated in Ateneo de Manila taking up European Studies in the year 2011 as her parent’s requirement before she embarks on a showbiz career. And by the following year, she decided to be in showbiz and have more focus in that direction.
“Yun talaga ang gusto ng parents ko na tapusin muna ang pag-aaral bago mag-showbiz na sinunod ko naman.”
Janine has an upcoming TV series on the Kapuso network, a fantasy-drama entitle ‘Dragon Lady’ with Tom Rodriguez, Joyce Ching, and Edgar Allan Guzman to be directed by Paul Sta. Ana.
Derrick Monasterio recently admitted that it’s unbelievable that ‘Wild and Free’ co-star Sanya Lopez is still a virgin.
He made this remark after praising her for her skills in their upcoming Regal Entertainment film. He stated that the actress was impressive, especially in their intimate scenes.
“Hindi ako naniniwala kasi ang galing niya, eh. Ganu’n siya kagaling umarte, hindi ko na-feel,” said Derrick.
The star added that he was also nervous when he was doing the love scene, afraid he’d do anything wrong so he held himself back a bit.
“Kasi baka bigla akong masampal. Ako, na-envision ko na agad ’yung magiging takbo ng scene, eh. Kung ano ’yung mga mangyayari.
“Siyempe, pini-filter ko rin kung ano ang dapat hindi gawin, hindi ko talaga gagawin kasi respect kay Sanya.”
It was all good though as Sanya also gave Derrick compliments for being a gentleman and for doing intimate scenes professionally.
“Nakatulong din po sa akin na gentleman po talaga si Derrick at close kami. ’Pag po kasi nandu’n ka sa set at nandu’n ’yung respeto sa isa’t isa, magagawa n’yo nang maayos ang bawat eksena n’yo.”
As the actress has no experience yet with real life sexual interactions, she really prepared for her role.
“Of course, nag-prepare po ako, nanood din po ako talaga ng iba’t ibang intimate scenes. Nanood ako ng ’yung makakatulong sa akin, alam kong makakatulong para sa karakter ko, du’n sa malapit sa karakter ko.
“At the same time, ’yun nga po, nag-workshop kami at nandiyan po si Direk Connie para tulungan kami sa mga bagay na nahihirapan kami at nagtanong-tanong din ako actually sa mga friends ko na nakaranas din ng mga ganitong eksena. Kasi siyempre, hindi naman malayo ang story namin sa totoong nangyayari sa buhay, eh.”
On the other hand, Derrick admitted that such scenes are not new to him.
“Kasi, of course, as a millennial, I’m sure, most of you guys here, nu’ng age namin kayo, ano rin, may mga wild and free rin, ’di ba? Ang sa akin lang siguro, kumukuha lang ako sa past experiences ko… ginagawa lang namin siya as art.”
‘Wild and Free’ will be in cinemas starting October 10.
Regal Films, Inc. is set to turn an odd pairing into an effective and believable tandem with Jameson Blake and Janella Salvador for their upcoming film So Connected.
Audience will surely be charmed on the flow of the story from how Karter Calma (Blake) pursues Trisha Biscocho (Salvador) and the sequences that follow are genuine. This is a romantic story of real people and very relatable. Audience will get hooked without getting distracted because the main leads are not superficial in portraying their roles. There is magic between Janella Salvador and Jameson Blake onscreen that will ride you to their journey of falling in love. By a twist of fate, the phone falls into the hands of Trisha (Janella), an independent young woman trying to support her family. Through modern technology, Karter gets a glimpse of Trisha’s life in videos and photos uploaded in the online world and finds himself slowly falling for her and then resolves to find her.
With the hints of going solo, Janella sees her rumored separation with Elmo Magalona as an opportunity to become a more versatile actress. She said (hypothetically) that just because their loveteam ElNella will no longer be a thing, doesn’t mean that whatever relationship she has with Elmo will also fall down. Despite the issue, Janella is hopeful that her newest film, So Connected, will perform well in terms of box office turnout.
In an interview, the Oh My G! actress details the man of her dreams.
“Somewhone who, no matter what happens, will not give up–despite any circumstance,” she hinted. “Someone who will truly love me,” Janella added.
Support Janella and Jameson’s undeniable chemistry as ‘So Connected’ hits the cinemas on May 23. The film is directed by Jason Paul Laxamana and starred by Paulo Angeles, Krystal Brimmer, Cherise Castro, Ruby Rodriguez, Rolando Inocencio and many more.
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Vhong Navarro and Lovi Poe can be an odd pair for a comedy film, yet they are a perfect match for Woke Up Like This. It’s the first time Lovi has done a comedic role after focusing on heavy drama.
Definitely! The two have worked together already in ‘Shake, Rattle, & Roll 14’ so it was not a start-from-scratch story for them.
However, Woke Up Like This is the complete opposite of a well-loved horror series in the country. In this movie, Lovi and Vhong shared a different side of them as their characters switched personalities.
Lando, an aspiring athlete trying to make it big in basketball, switched lives with Sabrina, an international model.We are used to seeing Vhong portraying cross-dressed characters, however, it would be Lovi’s first time playing a Tomboy role, which makes it exciting for the audience to watch.
With its trailer raking to 7 million views, the movie tells a story of a couple who switched lives because of an old woman trying to teach them a lesson.
The Temptation Island actress was very open to admit that she really had a hard time portraying Lando’s character.
“Kailangan ko talagang maging as Vhong so nakabantay talaga [directors] sa akin. Sabi ko, sabihin niyo talaga sakin ‘pag mali ah. Kasi first time ko mag-cocomedy,” she detailed.
Despite it all, the cast is very hopeful that masses would support this film. Woke Up Like This is under Regal Entertainment, Inc. and will start screening on August 23!
Watch the full trailer here.
So what are you waiting for, guys? Go now to the nearest cinemas and support Lovi and Vhong for their first comedy film together.
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