Saturday, July 14, 2018

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp Attracts Big Weekend Crowd of Moviegoers Filipino celebrities share their own renditions inspired by the film

The world’s tiniest Super Heroes made a big feat in Philippine cinemas as Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” outpaced its 2005 predecessor “Ant-Man” by 98% in cinema ticket sales with a GBO of USD3.1M during its opening weekend.

Filipino celebrities also joined in the fun and have shown how they got inspired by Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyme to be big (or small!) as seen in the photos below.

Catch Ant-Man and The Wasp this weekend, now on its second week! Join the conversation online at #AntManandTheWasp and #MarvelPH.

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About Marvel Studios' “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choice as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Forston, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Movies: New Live-Action Reimagining Of Classic Tale “The Little Mermaid” In PH Cinemas August 8

The latest thrilling fantasy-adventure live-action independent remake of “The Little Mermaid” is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s novel that stars British actress Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey), William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals), Loreto Peralta, Armando Gutierrez and Shirley MacLaine.  First published in 1837 about a mermaid’s sacrifice for love, the latest adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” is a brand new take on Anderson’s timeless tale, written and directed by Blake Harris.

Produced by independent studios Kingsway Productions and Conglomerate Media, “The Little Mermaid” unfolds with an old grandmother telling her two granddaughters the story of a fascinating beautiful mermaid.  William Moseley stars as a reporter who started following a story about a mermaid and a magical healing water. Together with his sick niece, they travel to a small town in Mississippi to uncover a legend.  There, they go to a circus and encounter a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass tank. They are further amazed when the mermaid appears before them as a young woman with legs.

William Moseley and Poppy Drayton in The Little Mermaid
Drayton, who stars in the titular role said in previous interviews that she’s hugely fascinated with mermaids.  Moseley who has visited the Philippines previously said in local interviews that the movie didn’t have the same budget as Disney’s but that it’s also a film with a lot of heart.

A very different “The Little Mermaid” splashes in Philippine cinemas nationwide on August 8 from Axinite Digicinema. 

Trailer link - THE LITTLE MERMAID - in Philippine cinemas August 8

Friday, July 13, 2018

Movies: Survival Of Strong And Powerful Kids Threatened In “The Darkest Minds”

Harris Dickinson in The Darkest Minds
The latest engrossing book-to-film adaptation “The Darkest Minds” is set in a very near future society where most of the nation’s children have perished – all victims of a terrible disease. The surviving children are considered to be dangerous Enemies of the State because they possess extraordinary powers and therefore pose a threat to the government.

In the movie, the nation is in a state of crisis, 98 percent of the children have died. For the few who remain, it’s a fight to stay alive. The kids and teenagers, who all have remarkable powers and abilities, have been taken from their families and sent for brutal ‘rehabilitation’.  Here they are segregated by color according to how dangerous to society they are deemed to be. Amandla Stenberg (“Hunger Games,” “Everything, Everything”) plays Ruby who is an ‘Orange’ – signifying that she is a major threat because she can read minds and manipulate memory. She escapes and meets new friends, young survivors from different camps. Among them is Liam, played by rising British actor Harris Dickinson. There’s an immediate attraction between the two. Also starring in the gifted cast of young actors are Skylan Brooks as Chubs and Miya Cech as Zu. On the road, the kids empower themselves and discover a sense of family.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, whose previous hit movies include Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, “The Darkest Minds” is her impressive first foray into live action.

Movies: Genre-Bender “The Spy Who Dumped Me” Puts Besties In Extremely High-Octane Action

Kate McKinnon & Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me
Two ordinary yet witty and feisty women are in thick of action in “The Spy Who Dumped Me” who embark on an international adventure after one of them had been dumped and discovered that the ex is actually a spy.   Starring an all-star talented cast that includes Mila Kunis, Emmy award winners Kate McKinnon and Gillian Anderson, Justin Theroux, Hasan Minhaj and Sam Heughan, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” features women kicking ass on both sides of the camera as it puts director/writer Susana Fogel at the helm of the film.

“The Spy Who Dumped Me” tells the story of Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), long-time best friends who race through several European capitals, hunted by a host of top-secret operatives who want to help them or kill them -- or both.   Armed only with their wits, Audrey and Morgan learn to navigate the high-octane world of gun battles, car chases and daring escapes, they unwittingly dodge mishaps along the way that include a taciturn British agent Sebastian Henshaw (Heughan), pretentious jerk Topher Duffer (Minhaj), calculating spy boss Wendy (Anderson), and cold-blooded teenage assassin Nadedja (Sakhno).  Through it all, the two best buds quickly learn that they can trust no one, except each other.

"This is Bridesmaids meets Bond," says co-writer/director Fogel.  Fogel and her friend and fellow comedy writer David Iserson often found themselves sitting at the same café in Los Angeles, working on their own separate projects, occasionally trading ideas. This is how The Spy Who Dumped Me got its start. 

Movies: Troubled Young Women Trapped In “Down A Dark Hall”

From the producers of the ‘Twilight Saga’ comes a thrilling and horrifying story of troubled young women who find themselves trapped in a mansion meant to heal them from emotional and psychological wounds in “Down a Dark Hall.”

Kit (Anna Sophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

Based on the classic gothic YA novel of the same name by Lois Duncan – author of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” – and produced by Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight, The Host), “Down A Dark Hall” is a supernatural thriller directed by Rodrigo Cortés (Buried), from a screenplay by Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling, and stars Anna Sophia Robb (Soul Surfer, The Carrie Diaries), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Victoria Moroles (Teen Wolf), Noah Silver (The Tribes of Palos Verdes), Taylor Russell (TV’s Falling Skies), Rosie Day (Outlander), and features a truly memorable turn by the iconic Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vols. I & II).

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“Down a Dark Hall” opens August 8 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

Movies: Groundbreaking Thriller “Searching” Reveals New Poster

Columbia Pictures has just unveiled the brand new poster for its eagerly anticipated suspense thriller Searching starring Jon Cho (Star Trek film series).

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Searching in Philippine cinemas this September.

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

The acclaimed sensation in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Searching is directed by Aneesh Chaganty, and also stars Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, and Sara Sohn.

Searching is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Movies: Halloween Comes Alive In First Trailer Of “Goosebumps 2”

It only comes one night a year.  Watch the first trailer of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween  now and check out the film in Philippine cinemas this October.


Halloween comes to life in a brand-new, family adventure comedy based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is directed by Ari Sandel from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, based on the Goosebumps Books by R.L. Stine.
The cast is comprised by Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell and Ken Jeong.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Netflix Announces New Anime Series Ultraman, Renews Aggretsuko For A Second Season

-- Premiere dates announced for GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle, Castlevania Season 2 and Cannon Busters --

Los Angeles, Calif. - July 5, 2018 - As part of their NETFLIX❤ANIME panel at Anime Expo, Netflix announced two new anime series, along with the renewal of popular series Aggretsuko for a second season, as well as date announcements and first look images for upcoming titles in their growing anime slate, including the following:

New Series ULTRAMAN will launch in Spring 2019
Aggretsuko will return for a second season in 2019
GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle will launch on July 18, 2018  
Castlevania Season 2 will launch on October 26, 2018
Cannon Busters will launch on April 1,  2019


An action drama centered around a man possessing the spirit and DNA of the legendary hero “Ultraman” as he wears a metallic ultra suit and fights against evil.

Production Company: Production I.G, Sola Digital
Director: Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki

Ultraman will launch on Netflix in 2019

Aggretsuko Season 2

Everyone’s favorite death metal panda is back! Retsuko will return to Netflix for Aggretsuko Season 2. Produced by Fanworks and featuring a character originally created by Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty, season two of Aggretsuko is coming to Netflix. 

Writer / Director: Rarecho

Aggretsuko Season 2 will launch on Netflix in 2019

GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

The sequel to GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, this epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world in a futuristic setting pits humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla ever seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.

Production Company: Polygon Pictures, TOHO

Story / Writer: Gen Urobuchi

Directors: Koubun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle will launch on Netflix on July 18, 2018

Castlevania Season 2

Returning to Netflix for a second season, Castlevania, inspired by the classic videogame series, is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. Trevor Belmont, last survivor of his house, is no longer alone, and he and his misfit comrades race to find a way to save humanity from extinction at the hands of the grief-maddened Dracula and his sinister vampire war council.

Director: Sam Deats
Writer / Executive Producer: Warren Ellis
Executive Producers: Adi Shankar, Fred Seibert, Kevin Kolde

Castlevania Season 2 will launch on Netflix on October 26, 2018

Cannon Busters

The show follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.

Creator / Director / Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas

Cannon Busters will launch on Netflix on April 1,  2019

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 125 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Netflix Returns to AsiaPop Comicon Manila 2018

Finn Jones (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage) join the excitement as Netflix returns with fan-engaging panels, immersive booth experiences and more! 

PHILIPPINES - July 12, 2018 - Netflix will return to AsiaPop Comicon Manila, from July 27 to 29, at the SMX Convention Center. The #NetflixAPCC experience will be inspired by and designed especially for Pinoy fans. With bigger experiences, surprise guests,  a sneak peek at what’s coming to Netflix and special screenings just for fans attending this year’s convention.

Super-powered Netflix Marvel Panel
Mark your calendar for super-powered panels at ‘Hall N’. Marvel’s Luke Cage series star, Mike Colter (Luke Cage) joins showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and this season’s villain Mustafa Shakir(Bushmaster) to answer fan’s burning questions from season two. Finn Jones, who stars as Danny Rand/Iron Fist on Marvel’s Iron Fist, will join showrunner Raven Metzner (Sleepy Hollow, Falling Skies) to tease season two of the fan favorite.

Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Luke Cage are produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

We loved Season 2 of Luke Cage! - You can check out my review here.

Netflix Loves Anime

Great news for anime fans! We’ll go behind the scenes with the creators of Castlevania (executive producer Adi Shankar) and Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (TOHO producer Takashi Yoshizawa) to learn how these series come to life  with a special surprise guest!

More Netflix Anime news here!

The Netflix Experience: Destination Fun 

A can’t-miss immersive experience awaits Pinoy fans at the Netflix booth. Designed for social engagement, fans can expect to rally their barkadas and walk through life-size replicas of sets from their favorite shows like Marvel’s Iron Fist, Riverdale, Stranger Things,  score collectible swag and meet some of the stars.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 125 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Dara And Raven: SM Kids Casting Call 2018 Winners

SM Kids Casting Call 2018 Grand Winners Raven Vaughn Nielson from SM City Cagayan de Oro and Dara Havilah Rubin from SM Megamall. They are shown with contest judges Mr. Rhoand Glorioso – SAVP - SM Kids, Ms. Sony T.  Adeva – Vice President - SM Kids and Ms. Kilet Cheng – SAVP -The SM Store - Business Development.
Dara Havilah Rubin from SM Megamall and Raven Vaughn Nielson from SM City Cagayan de Oro walked the final runway with catwalk confidence to become the Grand Winners of SM Kids’ Casting Call 2018 at SM Megamall.

Dara and Raven displayed confidence in every step they took on the runway wearing the latest trends from SM Kids, and stood out in the fashion photo shoot. As winners, they will each take home P25,000.00 plus clothing sponsorship and a modelling contract with SM Kids.

This year’s SM KIDS CASTING CALL 2018 search began in April at SM stores and malls throughout the country. Twelve kids were chosen as finalists and they had a glimpse of life on the runway and photo shoots

Other winners included 1st runner-ups Aikaa Karmela Ong from SM City Puerto Princesa and Ethan Chandler Suyo from SM Makati who happily took home P15,000.00 cash + clothes sponsorship.

Margie Jasmine Carpenter from SM City Davao and Rami Abou Kaff from SM City San Pablo were named Second Runners up and received P10,000.00 cash + clothes sponsorship respectively.

SM Kids Casting Call 2018 girl grand winner Dara Havilah Rubin of SM Megamall.
SM Kids Casting Call 2018 boy grand winner Raven Vaughn Nielson of SM City Cagayan de Oro.
Aikaa Karmela Ong of SM City Puerto Princesa was the first runner up in the girl category.
Ethan Chandler Suyo of SM Makati, first runner up in the boy category.
Second runner up Margie Jasmine Carpenter of SM City Davao
Rami Abou Kaff of SM City San Pablo was second runner up in the boy category
Finalist Princess Maguindanao of SM CDO Downtown Premier 
Caelix Gavin represented SM City Batangas during the event.
Finalist Keith Picones from SM City Taytay.
Clothing from the SM Kids Casting Call 2018 final runway are available at SM Kids department of The SM Store.

A First in the Philippines Shimmer and Shine Genie Party at SM Supermalls

Genies in training Shimmer and Shine bring their magic to the SM Supermalls. They are shown with Toy Kingdom SAVP Marketing Bernie Mamonluk-Chua, AVP Marketing Pearl Datiles, SM North Edsa Mall Manager Francis Calubaquib, SM North Edsa Marketing Manager Ruby Ng, SM North Edsa Marketing Officer Ferlina Vidal, Richprime  Brand Manager John Leabres, Richprime Toys Concession Manager Barbara Sabile, Richprime Brand Manager Joebienvi Omnes and Haven Asia Country Manager CerryAnn Figueroa. 
Everything was magical as Toy Kingdom in partnership with Nickelodeon recently held the first ever Shimmer and Shine Genie Party and mall show in the Philippines at SM North Edsa, SM Lanang and SM Cebu.

Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine is an American animated television series that premiered last 2015. It follows the magical adventures of the twin genies in training - Shimmer and Shine who live in the magical land of Zahramay Falls and their human best friend Leah. Whenever she finds herself facing difficulties, Leah uses her oil lamp necklace to call her genie friends, who grant her three wishes.

Bring the genie magic in your playtime with this Talk and Sing Shimmer Doll. Little ones can brush her long pink hair and press her tummy to hear Shimmer talk and sing. Available at Toy Kingdom
Enter Princess Samira’s enchanted throne room with this Shimmer and Shine Princess Samira’s Palace which includes six jewels inside. Available at Toy Kingdom.
Listen to Shine’s fun lines and songs with this Talk and Sing Shine. Just squeeze her tummy and hear her talk and sing!
Join Leah and her pet Parisa keep Shimmer and Shine’s jewels safe inside this Mirror Room playset. Available at Toy Kingdom
Check out this Floating Genie Shimmer which features fun and magical actions! Just push Shimmer’s hands together and see her switch into floating position.
Enter the Teenie Genies world with this On-the-go Flower Sprites playset which includes fun features and a carry-on handle so you could bring it anywhere.

This was the first time that Shimmer and Shine visited he country, and during the series of mall shows, the twin genies in their sparkly and dazzling costumes thrilled the kids with their amazing song and dance performances.

Kids, on the other hand, had the chance to be genies in training as they sang and danced along with Shimmer and Shine’s famous magic spell “Boom Zahramay.”  They also had the rare opportunity to meet and hug Shimmer and Shine up close at the meet and greet sessions.

There were also fun and exciting trivia questions about Shimmer and Shine where winners received exciting gifts and prizes.

Young talent Zoe Zabala sang Boom Zahramay in her sparkly genie inspired costume.
Model and Actress Helga Krapf together with her daughter Amelie Beatrice at the Shimmer and Shine mall show at SM North Edsa.
Actress Melissa Ricks and her daughter Kiera Kelly had the chance to meet Shimmer and Shine at the Meet and Greet session.
Child bloggers Ashlee and Ryllie Gomez in their genie pose with Shimmer and Shine.
Amelie Beatrice was thrilled to see Shimmer and Shine for the first time live.
Trisha Aragones with her adorable Shine doll. 
Ivy Huang shows off her cute Shimmer doll from Toy Kingdom. 

Wishes do come true at Toy Kingdom so check out your favorite Shimmer and Shine toys now available at Toy Kingdom Express outlets in The SM Stores and Toy Kingdom Stores in most SM Supermalls.  For more updates visit and follow ToyKingdomPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

American Brands Sale At ACE Hardware

Ongoing until July 31, 2018, ACE Hardware offers all American Brands Sale wherein you can get great savings and discounts up to 30% off on selected items.
As one of the leading hardware stores in the United States, ACE Hardware celebrates its Fourth of July festivities with its American Brands Sale, offering great savings and discounts up to 30% off this whole month of July.

There are lightweight and compact Dewalt Cordless Drills, ACE Homeowner Tool Sets and Drylok Waterproofers with smooth finish for your home repair projects.

Hunter Ceiling Fans to cool your homes and Lifetime Tables and Chairs are also on sale. Steel wheeled platform trucks from Stanley that make transporting loads easy are also available.

At ACE Hardware's American Brands Sale, you can also find Black and Decker Dustbuster Vacuums for quick and easy cleaning of your car. It features a 12- volt adapter that fits into cigarette lighter and double action filtration system – designed to perform better and last longer. Convenient crevice tool and brush stored on board are ideal for cleaning difficult to reach areas and brushing seats and floors.

Also for your car, there is the biodegradable Turtle Wax Zip Wax/Car Wash with an advanced foaming action that gently and safely lifts dirt and grime for a clean, shiny, streak free finish.

These great assortment of American Brands items are available at selected ACE Hardware, ACE Express and ACE Builders stores nationwide. Visit our website at or like us at www.facebook/acehardwarephilippines.

You can save 20% on this ACE Homeowner Tool Set which includes a claw hammer, torpedo level, bit driver and accessories and tape measure for your home repair projects.
This innovative dustbuster Black and Decker Car Vacuum will help keep your car's interior clean and dust-free with 20% off savings when you shop. 
Latex Base Drylok Extreme Masonry Waterproofer. Save 20% off on Drylok Waterproofing.
Get 20% off discount on this compact and powerful Dewalt 10.8V Cordless Drill for home repair projects.
Keep your home cool with this Hunter Ceiling Fan with an antique brass finish and 5 rosewood/medium-oak blades. It has a wobble-free canopy and whisper wind motor for smooth-running, quiet operation. Save 20% off on Hunter Ceiling Fans.
High quality foldable Lifetime Tables & Chairs at 20% discount.
This compact Stanley Platform Truck will help you carry and transport heavy objects. It folds and opens in seconds. Save 20% off on Stanley Platform Trucks.
Keep your car looking brand new with this eco-friendly Zip Wax from Turtle Wax.