Jennylyn Mercado is FHM’s Sexiest for 2015


Hail Queen Jen!

Hail Queen Jen!

Jennylyn Mercado bested nine other sexy girls to top this year’s FHM Sexiest list.  The starstruck alumna proves she’s at the top of her game as she took to the stage for the FHM 100 Sexiest victory party at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The GMA-7 actress won the title for the first time after placing on the top ten of the FHM Philippines’ annual sexiest list several times in the last few years. She climbed to the top after placing fourth in last year’s list replacing perennial winner, GMA Royalty, Marian Rivera.
Apart from strutting the catwalk, the “English Only, Please” star also sang Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty.”
Completing the sexiest list top ten are Andrea Torres, Ellen Adarna, Sam Pinto, Solenn Heussaff, Angel Locsin, Jinri Park, Rachel Anne Daquis, Max Collins and Alodia Gosiengfiao.

Wild Kids?


What is up with kids these days? Teens Marc Gumabao and Andrea Brilliantes trended for all the wrong reasons this week.  Both ABS-CBN stars figured in separate viral photos that shocked Philippine showbiz and the internet at the same time.

Andrea Brilliantes currently stars as the younger sister of Daniel Padilla’s character in the hit remake of Pangako Sa Yo while Marc Gumabao is seen regularly in the weekly teen series LuvU.

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Marco Gumabao

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Andrea Brilliantes

For the sake argument, let’s say both viral photos are legit.  What could drive two seemingly innocent teens to pleasure themselves and take a photo of the deed? More importantly, where did those photos come from? Who leaked them to the public? What prompted the culprit to release the images that could possibly ruin the reputation and the lives of the two stars?

More than just the issue of the publicly released scandalous images, the bigger question is what is happening in our society today? What is causing these kids to behave in such alarming ways.

Brilliantes and Gumabao reacted differently to the supposed leaks with Brilliantes threatening to commit suicide in her Instagram account while Gumabao is categorically denying the guy in the photo was him by light-heartedly posting comments in his own IG account.

Earlier this week, Julia Buencamino,another ABS-CBN talent took her own life through hanging.  An unpublished social media posts later surfaced about the actress’ gender issues that could have prompted her to end her existence.

Truly, the price of fame is steep.

Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel Movie Review


Kimmy Dora PrequelKimmy Dora is Spring Films, Quantum Films, and MJM Production’s entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival and is topbilled by Miss Eugene Domingo playing twins Kimmy and Dora.

The film follows Kimmy (played by Eugene Domingo) a suma cumlaude graduate with triple degrees from Cambridge and Dora (also played by Eugene Domingo), a new acting school graduate as they participate in a rigorous internship program designed by their father (played by Ariel Ureta) in preparation to managing their family’s vast business empire.  Kimmy and Dora fight to earn the title of Best Intern while also competing for the attention of dashing Robin Bartoletti (played by Sam Milby). As if all this isn’t enough, a mysterious corporate terrorist, Bogart threatens to discredit and bring down the Go Dong Hae company.  The twins must now teamup to fight him and save their company before everything they’ve worked hard for is completely ruined.

There is no doubt that Eugene Domingo is one of the country’s prime comediennes but her efforts in this film fall short (compared to the first two films).  It looks like her heart wasn’t in the movie.  Domingo looks tired and as a result the jokes (there aren’t a lot) feel forced and tired too.  The movie tries and fails to deliver the same comedic impact the previous Kimmy Dora films delivered.  There is nothing new or exciting about this movie.  If anything, the movie feels like an exercise on mediocrity which is a shame as Domingo has shown and churned out better performances in the past.  Kimmy Dora no longer feels fresh.  The third and final installment of the Kimmy Dora series completely erased whatever the first two films managed to achieve.  The laughs are fewer and the magic dimmer.  This is a movie Domingo can do without in her acting resume. C+

As of this writing, the film’s producers are questioning the MMFF snub.  Unfortunately for them, the MMFF judges made the right call.  There is nothing award worthy in this film saved for its production value.  Domingo and the rest of the cast failed to make moviegoers connect with them.  This is a film that you watch and completely forget about once you’re out of the cinema.  Clearly, the film needed something that even we are unable to put a finger on.  If they were gunning for even a single award, this clumsy attempt at filmmaking won’t get them one.

Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy Movie Review


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Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy (stylized as GBBT) is VIVA Entertainment and Star Cinema’s entry to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival topbilled by Vice Ganda (playing the title role/s), Maricel Soriano, Joey Marquez and Ruffa Guttierez and directed by Wenn V. Deramas

In the movie, Pia (played by the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano) gives birth to a quadruplets in a mental institution thanks to her husband’s (Joey Marquez) domineering mother (played by Joy Viado).  Marquez soon leaves to work in the US leaving Pia and the Quadruplets behind.  His mother then conspires with her househelps to kidnap and bring two of the kids with her leaving Pia with Mark (the Bakla character) and Panying (the Tomboy).

Mark grows up harboring ill-feelings toward his two other siblings, Girlie (the Girl) and Peter (the Boy) believing that they had it good in the US while he and Panying had to literally break their back working in the farm.  The conflict begins when Peter gets sick with Hepa C and needs a suitable liver donor with Mark as the only compatible person.  Marquez decides to go back to the Philippines with Girlie and Peter hoping to find Pia and the other kids so he could get Mark to agree to donating his liver.  He also hopes to have Pia sign the divorce papers with his new girlfriend (Ruffa Gutierrez) pressuring him.

The quadruplets meet each other and Mark grudgingly agrees to donate part of his but not before Girlie gets to experience the hardships he had to endure growing up.  Girlie agrees to work on the farm so Peter can have the liver operation but swears to get even setting up the gist of the movie.

Vice Ganda delivers a passable performance with Panying and Peter but shines with Girlie and Mark.  His trademark “sarcasm” peppers the movie and never fails to elicit bouts of laughter all throughout the film.  Unfortunately, if you’ve watched his  other films (Petrang Kabayo, Praybeyt Benjamin, and Sisterakas), you’d leave the cinema wanting.  Vice Ganda did not bring anything new to movie.  This is not entirely his fault as he has very little to work on to start with.  His confrontation scene with Maricel Soriano in the hospital is worth mentioning as he successfully made us feel the pain of being left behind and having to work his ass off.  B-

Maricel Soriano proves once again why she is the country’s Diamond Star.  Her scenes at the beginning of the movie after losing her two kids was touchingly human.  In less than 5 minutes, Maricel triumphantly makes the audience feel her anguish at losing her two of her beloved babies.  Her dramatic highlights gave the film its heart.  Her MMFF 2013 Best Actress win is truly well-deserved more so because she, like Vice Ganda had very little to work on too. A-

Overall, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy is worth its ticket price.  If you’re looking for a movie that can make you laugh, cry, and then laugh some more, the movie can definitely give you that. Catch Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy in cinemas near you today.

Maricel Soriano Proves Diamonds are Forever


 

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Maricel Soriano: Diamonds are Forever

Fresh from her highly successful comeback movie, Momzillas, where she co-stars with Eugene Domingo, Ms. Maricel Soriano proves that diamonds are indeed forever.

The country’s Diamond Star is set to appear in the MMFF entry, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy with no other than super-comedian, Vice Ganda! The actress will play the role of Vice Ganda’s character in the movie with Wenn Deramas at the helm. Deramas also directed Momzillas.

The multi-awarded actress is also set to star in a solo movie tentatively titled “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin”, a film based on Bob Ong’s book with the same title.

Fans and non-fans alike are happy to see Maricel back to doing what she does best, comedy, but also wishes to see the actress doing drama. Marya, however, said in one of her interviews that she is more focused on doing comedy.

The actress was involved in a couple of highly publicized scandals including alleged drug addiction, maltreament of househelps and an altercation with actor Gerald Anderson. The latter caused her to leave the teleserye she was set to do with him. Anderson is a homegrown Kapamilya talent. Her role evently went to Dawn Zulueta.

Fortunately for Maricel (but unfortunate for both Anderson and Zulueta), the teleserye was a flop and was taken off the air shortly after it aired. Anderson’s negative public perception was said to alienate watchers from tuning in to the show. Even Zulueta’s luminous screen presence failed to lure people to watch the short-lived teleserye.

Marian Rivera: Jumping Ship?


Marian Rivera: is she or isn't she?

Marian Rivera: is she or isn’t she?

With barely 2 months left on her contract, GMA’s prime talent, Marian Rivera is still mum about whether she’s staying with the network or jumping ship soon after her contract expires.  The rumor stared shortly after Marian bid farewell to her longtime manager, Popoy Caritativo and his Luminary Talent Management.  The actress is currently being managed by Tony Tuviera of APT Entertainment.

With Marian evading the question, GMA’s artist pool are on fire.  The network’s other female talents are all very keen in replacing Marian’s enviable position as GMA’s top primetime star.  Surely, with Marian out of the picture, these ladies now have a better and higher chance at scoring premiere acting assignments.

So is Marian leaving the network?  Will DingDong Dantes, her longtime boyfriend, be joining her too? Guess, we’ll all have to hold our breaths a little longer.

“The Voice” Philippines Intensifies


"The Voice" Philippines Premiere Telecast

“The Voice” Philippines Premiere Telecast

ABS-CBN launches the highly anticipated Philippine franchise of the “The Voice” via a primer aired last Sunday and its premiere telecast aired today, June 15.  As expected, almost all of the Philippines tuned in to tonight’s episode with netizens bombarding micro-blogging site Twitter with various reactions.

The singing competition hosted by Toni Gonzaga with sister Alex and ex PBB Teens housemate, Robi Domingo managed to keep viewers on their seat.  The biggest draw for the show however, will be coming from the show’s judges/coaches/mentors: Pop Princess, Sarah Geronimo, Tony Award Winner, Leah Salonga, Black-Eyes Peas member Apl de Ap, and rock icon, Bamboo.

The four judges started screening the first batch for the Blind Auditions.  The highlight of tonight’s show was when Thor Dulay’s rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “I Have Nothing” convinced all four judges to turn their chairs his way.  In the end, the 32-year old backup singer chose Apl de Ap.

So what can you say about the show’s premiere telecast? Hit the comment box and tell me what you guys think about it.