Saturday, January 07, 2006

Awards ng 'Blue Moon' isasauli ng Regal

Daily Insider
Dinno Erece
Taliba

WALANG kinutuban na ang 'Kutob' ang mag-uuwi ng pinakamaraming tropeo sa katatapos na MMFFP 2005 Awards Night.

Naka-pitong competitive trophies na nakuha ang pelikulang ito ng Canary Films including Third Best Picture, Best Director (Joey Javier Reyes), Best Actor (Marvin Agustin), Best Theme Song (Kasalanan Nga Ba ni Thor), Best Editor (Vito Caliji), Musical Score (Jaime Fabregas) at ang Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Memorial Award.

Pumangalawa ang Exodus:Tales of the Enchanted Kingdom ng Imus Films na may 6 na awards : Second Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Lyle Sacris), Best Sound Recording (Ditoy Aguila), Best Make-Up (Baby Lucero), Best Visual Effects (Ignite Media) at Best Production Design (Richard Somes) pati ang special Best Float Award.

Pangatlo naman ang Blue Moon ng Regal Films na may apat na awards: Best Picture, Best Story (Allan Tijamo), Best Screenplay (Allan Tijamo) at Gender-Sensitive Issue Film, pati na ang People's Choice for Best Actor (Mark Herras), Best Actress (Jennylyn Mercado) at Best Movie at Third Best Float.
Nakadalawa ang Ako Legal Wife ng Regal Films: Best Actress (Zsa Zsa Padilla) at Best Supporting Actress (Cherry Pie Picache).

Tig-isa ang Enteng Kabisote 2 ng OctoArts for Best Supporting Actor (Jose Manalo) at Shake, Rattle & Roll 2K5 ng Regal Films for Best Child Performer (Paul Salas).

Bokya sa competitive awards ang Lagot Ka Sa Kuya Ko, Terrorist Hun-ter, Mourning Girls at ang kaisa-isang A-rated movie na Mulawin ng GMA Films na nakakuha lang ng isang special award: Second Best Float.

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HINDI ito ang pinakamala-king kuwento ng MMFFP kundi ang pagwu-walk out ng mga taga-Regal Films at GMA Films.

Blatant corruption daw ang nangyari sa natapos na awards night, sigaw ni Mother Lily Monteverde at Joel Lamangan na sinang-ayunan ng GMA Films. Magkaibang mesa ngunit sa iisang lugar tumuloy ang Regal at GMA Films people after the ceremony, sa Manila Peninsula Lobby.

Ngunit sa Aliw Theater pa lang, walk-out na sina Mother Lily at Direk Joel, pati na ang ilang GMA Films people dahil sa mga kataka-takang pangyayari sa bigayan ng awards. Isa lang ang sinisintemyento ng karamihan. Papaano raw mananalo ng Gatpuno Villegas award ang Kutob gayong pelikula itong puro patayan? Ang katangiang taglay daw ng isang pelikula para ma-qualify ito sa Gatpuno ay nagpo-promote ito ng Filipino values, at wala nito ang 'Kutob.'

May nakialam daw para maging ganu'n ang kinalabasan ng resulta. Walang galit sina Mother Lily or si Direk Joel sa mga nanalo, sa proseso sila nanggagalaiti.

Sabi nga ni Direk Joel, hindi na niya kailangan ng isa pang MMFFP Best Director award dahil marami na siya niyan, pero paano nga naman matatalo ang direktor na naipanalo na ang pelikula ng Best Picture, Best Story at Best Screenplay? Kahit ang mga hurado, kinu-congratulate na siya bago pa man tawagin ang mananalong Best Director, pero pati sila, nagulat dahil iba ang tinawag na pangalan.

Ayaw na lang ding mag- comment ng GMA Films ngunit paano nga naman daw mabobokya sa award ang kaisa-isang rated A movie ng kahit isang award man lang?

Makaisandaang beses daw munang pag-iisipan ng GMA Films kung sasali pa si-la next year samantalang ang Regal Films, nangangakong hindi na sasali sa Disyembre at isasaoli ang lahat ng awards ng Blue Moon bukas.

Saan ba talaga napupunta ang kinikita ng MMFFP?

Dream
Ed de Leon
Taliba




SA palagay namin sa pagdaraan ng panahon ay kikilalaning isang mahusay na aktres si Jennelyn Mercado. Kailangan nga lang siguro na mai-handle siya ng mahuhusay na mga di-rektor para mas mapalabas ang kanyang talent.

Nasabi namin ito dahil napanood namin ang kanyang pelikulang Blue Moon na kasali sa MMFFP. Ang role niya ay nasa flashback portion ng pelikula, kung saan pinakasalan niya ang isang lalaking umiibig sa iba, tapos iniwan niya ito sa pag-aakalang hindi siya talagang minahal ng lalaking nagpakasal sa kanya.

Ang acting ni Jennylyn, lalo na nang ipinapakita niya ang kanyang disappointment dahil sa akalang hindi siya iniibig kailanman ng asawa niya ay napakaepektibo. Napalabas ni Direktor Joel Lamangan ang kahusayan ni Jennylyn.

Kunsabagay, mahusay naman talaga ang batang 'yan kahit na sa telebisyon lang. Pero, mas lumabas ang kahusayan niya sa acting sa Blue Moon.

Sa palagay namin ay okey lang ang nangyayari sa kanya ngayon. Siguro nga ay mas mabibigyan pa siya ng build-up ngayon bilang isang aktres at hindi na kagaya noong araw na walang nasasabi sa kanya kundi ang pakikipagrelasyon niya kay Mark Herras.

Ang talent na katulad ni Jennylyn ang tipong tatagal ang career. Kung maiha-handle nga lang siya nang tama sa mga proyektong kanyang gagawin mas malayo pa ang mararating niya. Dapat ay piliing mabuti ni Jennylyn ang role na kanyang tatanggapin para lumabas ang kanyang kahusayan.

Masuwerte kung tutuusin si Jennylyn dahil pagkatapos ni-yang manalo sa StarStruck ay natanggap agad siya ng publiko, at ngayon nga ay nahawakan pa siya ng isang mahusay na direktor.

Cristine Reyes puwera sa b-day party ni Katrina Halili

Daily Insider
Dinno Erece
Taliba


SA birthday party pa rin ni Katrina Halili, hindi niya raw invited si Cristine Reyes na ibinabalitang bagong girlfriend ng kanyang "ex" na si Andrew Schimmer.

Simple lang si Katrina sa pagi-explain why Cristine was overlooked, wala siyang cellphone number ng kanyang ka-StarStruck. Although magkasama sila ngayon sa Love to Love para sa Miss Match episode kung saan silang dalawa pa ang nag-aagawan kay StarStruck male avenger, biglaan lang daw kasi ang kanyang first ever birthday party at napag-desisyunan niya lang ito just this start of the year.

Invited niya raw si Jennylyn Mercado na kasama niya sa nasabing show, although nang dumating ka-mi roon, wala pa ang dala-ga, pero nandun naman si Mark Herras, na sing-to- death, pati na rin si Rainier Castillo.

Same with Rainier, hindi naman sila nagpang-abot ni Yasmien Kurdi na duma-ting din daw earlier although nag-French exit din. Ang kaisa-isang pair lang na na-kita naming dumating ay sina Tyron Perez and girlfriend Chari.

Si Katrina rin pala, may kausap na hitsurang bas-ketball player na kilala rin ni Marco Alcaraz.

Now Showing

Second chances
Rito P. Asilo
Philippine Daily Inquirer


A DIRECTOR is only as good-or as bad-as his last film. In Joel Lamangan's case, we've always found his movies thematically absorbing but, at the same time, his fills his oeuvre with a flurry of melodramatic excesses and narrative clutter.

"Ako Legal Wife" is riotous fun and insouciantly campy-but, what does it really say? Like the protagonists of Gil Portes' clunky and confoundingly joyless comedy, "The Mourning Girls" (which wastes the spirited turns of Assunta de Rossi, Chin Chin Gutierrez and Cogie Domingo), it's about women who can't see beyond a man's chauvinistic, manipulative streak.

Yes, we know it's a comedy, but even comedies could say something meaningful.

On the other hand, while "Blue Moon," Lamangan's other filmfest entry, isn't without flaws, this sweet and inspiring film is nevertheless one of the director's most accomplished movies in
years. As with his other productions, Lamangan cooks up a busy narrative brew, but in "Blue Moon," based on Allan Tijamo's Palanca-winning story, the elements come together:

When 83-year-old Manuel Pineda (Eddie Garcia) is diagnosed with terminal lymphoma, he -- along with son, Rod (Christopher de Leon), and grandson, Kyle (Dennis Trillo) -- embarks on the search of a lifetime.

Manuel looks for Corazon, the love of his life (and one of two namesake Corazons who have made his heart flutter). The road trip to Ilocus, Baguio, Bicol and Cebu doesn't just bring the trio together, it likewise gives them a chance to fix emotional estrangements and reconnect with one another.

Despite its schmaltz and technical flaws, Lamangan's film is galvanized by an earnest, heart-rending story, well-executed scenes, notable production design, and inspired performances from Garcia, De Leon, Trillo, Jennylyn Mercado and the production's theater-honed cast (notably Madeleine Nicolas).

And Boots Anson-Roa's short but moving participation proves that good acting isn't about length. In one of the best performances of her career, Roa helps the film find its emotional focus with her portrayal of the elderly Corazon. But, which Corazon is she? We're not saying...

"Blue Moon" is about second chances. As a young man, Manuel refused to dance with his beloved. But, when he's given a final stab at happiness, he grabs the chance to dance with his one true love!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Top contenders for MMFF awards

By Marinel R. Cruz Inquirer

Editor's Note: Published on Page A2-1 of the January 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ZSA ZSA Padilla, Jennylyn Mercado and Rica Peralejo lead 20 contenders for Best Actress in the ongoing 31st Metro Manila Film Festival, Inquirer Entertainment learned on Tuesday. The "Gabi ng Parangal," or awards night, is set tomorrow night at the Aliw Theater, Star City complex, in Pasay City.

Zsa Zsa is nominated for her role as Chona Chong in Joel Lamangan's comedy, "Ako Legal Wife: Mano Po 4?" while Jennylyn stars in "Blue Moon," another Lamangan film, and Rica in Joey Reyes' thriller, "Kutob." "Rica [is the] dark horse," said Wilson Tieng, a member of the MMFF selection committee.

"So is Marvin Agustin for Best Actor. His work in 'Kutob' is exceptional." A total of 17 male artists are vying for Best Actor, said Tieng. Marvin will compete with big favorites Dennis Trillo, Eddie Garcia and Christopher de Leon-stars of "Blue Moon."

Tieng also pointed out that, for Best Director, Reyes will have to fight it out with Lamangan ("Blue Moon") and Erik Matti, who directed Ramon "Bong" Revilla's fantasy flick, "Tales of the Enchanted Kingdom: Exodus." Cherrie Pie Picache ("Ako Legal Wife") is a favorite for Best Supporting Actress, but so is Pauleen Luna in "Blue Moon" and Alessandra de Rossi in "Kutob," said Tieng.

He added: "Matunog ang pangalan ni Ryan (Agoncillo) for Best Supporting Actor (Ryan's name keeps cropping up)." But he said Ryan may be headed for a "tough battle" with Trillo, should the board of jurors decide that the latter should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. "Dennis shows first-rate acting in 'Mulawin,'" Tieng stressed. "We have so many good actors these days, you'll be surprised."

According to Tieng, the MMFF has included box-office results as a factor in deciding which film would win Best Picture. "But it is not a dominant criterion," he added. Tony Reyes' "Enteng Kabisote 2 Okay Ka Fairy Ko, The Legend Continues" is currently the festival top-grosser. "Exodus" is in second place, while "Mulawin," directed by Dominic Zapata and Mark Reyes, is in third. "That's why we shouldn't be surprised if one of the three fantasy films wins one of the three Best Picture awards," Tieng said. The Best Picture wins P750,000; Second Best Picture, P500,000; Third Best Picture, P300,000.

Another notable change in the festival rules is the increase in cash prize for winners of acting awards, said Tieng. "From last year's P50,000, the Best Actor and Actress will now get P70,000 each.

This year, winners in majority of the categories, including Best Screenplay, will get cash prizes. The Best Float winner in the "Parade of the Stars" held on Christmas Eve will receive P500,000; runner-up, P350,000, and third placer, P150,000.

Tieng said this year's board of jurors is a smaller group of nine members, compared to last year's 13. "We cannot divulge their identities at this time," he told Inquirer Entertainment on Tuesday. "The deliberations are not yet finished."

Jen on the News

Abante Tonite
Rey Pumaloy
January 06, 2006


Kung si Jennylyn Mercado ang mananalo bilang best actress mamayang gabi sa MMFF 2005 awards night para sa Blue Moon, wala kaming tutol.

Kumbinsido kami na may karapatang makuha ni Jennylyn ang tropeo sa kategoryang ito.

Para sa amin, rebelasyon ang kahusayan ni Jennylyn sa nasabing movie.

Mahusay siya sa maraming eksena niya gaya na lamang ng pagpapaubaya niya kay Mark Herras nang magkita sila nitong muli. Sa pagpikit ni Jennylyn kasabay ng kanyang pagluha, makikita ang pinaghalong pagsuko, kasiyahan at pagtanggap nito sa isang walang patutunguhang relasyon na ang tanging pag-asa ay mahalin din siya ni Mark.

Kabiguan ang ipinakita ni Jennylyn sa eksenang tinatapatan niya ng palanggana ang mga tulo sa bubong kasunod ang panunumbat niya kay Mark na hindi nito inayos ang lahat.

Nang sundan siya ni Mark matapos itong umalis sa ospital, nangako si Mark na aayusin nito ang lahat hindi lang ang pagtatakip ng mga sira sa bubong ng kanilang bahay.

Maraming quiet moments si Jennylyn na umakma sa kanyang karakter at sa hinihingi ng sitwasyon sa eksena.
Napagtagumpayan ni direk Joel Lamangan na maipakita ni Jennylyn ang husay nito sa pagganap.

Di man manalo ngayon si Jennylyn di magtatagal at makakukuha rin siya ng award

Ed De Leon
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon


Wala na kaming balak na manood ng iba pang mga pelikula sa Metro Manila Film Festival matapos naming makita ang tatlo sa mga entries, pero isang kaibigan naming nakapanood ng pelikula ni Jennylyn Mercado ang mapilit na panoorin namin yon, sukdulang ilibre daw niya kami sa sine, dahil gusto lamang niyang malaman kung ano ang masasabi namin sa acting ni Jennylyn.

Hindi naman fan ni Jennylyn ang kaibigan naming yan. Ang alam namin, hindi naman siya mahilig sa mga mukhang mahinhin, dahil noong araw ang gusto niyang mga artista ay sina Amanda Page at Anjanette Abayari, pero mapilit eh, di sige.

Ang una naming napansin sa pelikula ay ang emotional na pagkukuwento ng istorya noon na natural lamang naman sa lahat ng pelikula ni direktor Joel Lamangan. Kung iisipin mo nga, ang pelikulang yon ang may pinaka-madamdaming istorya sa lahat ng napanood naming pelikula sa taong nakaraan.

At tama ang aming kaibigan, isang napakahusay na aktres nga si Jennylyn Mercado sa nasabing pelikula. Hindi namin inaasahan na mananalo siya ng award bilang best actress, dahil tiyak na marami ang magtataas ng kilay at dahil namamayani pa rin yong mga tradisyonal na choices. Pero sa nakita naming acting ni Jennylyn, naniniwala kaming hindi magtatagal at makakakuha rin yan ng isang acting award sa isang malinis na paraan ha. Hindi siya iyong maglalagay ng limang libo para manalo ng award. Hindi rin naman siguro siya mananalo ng award sa ibang award giving bodies na ang mga awards ay for sale.

Nagsisimula pa lang yang batang iyan at hindi pa makakayang bumili ng awards. Hindi naman siya susuportahan ng kanilang tv network sa pamimili ng awards. Pero totoo nga, mahusay ang acting ni Jennylyn sa pelikulang yon, at siguro dapat ding bigyan ng kredito si direktor Joel Lamangan sa bagay na iyon.

Bakit hindi Rated A ang Blue Moon?

Ang Pilipino Star Ngayon

Sa tatlong huling pelikulang kalahok sa MMFF na nagbukas noong Bagong Taon, ang Blue Moon ng Regal Entertainment ang pinaka-maingay o matunog na lalaban ng husto sa takilya. Sa tibay ng casting (Eddie Garcia, Christopher de Leon, Dennis Trillo, Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado at Pauleen Luna), husay ng pagkakagawa at hataw na promosyon ay inabangan ito ng marami. Sa word-of-mouth pa lang ay benta na ang pelikula.

Wala pa kaming nababasang pintas sa Blue Moon at kung mayroon man ay very minor lang ang mga ito. Higit ding pinapurihan ang pagganap ni Dennis Trillo bilang anak na may kimkim na hinanakit sa kanyang ama na si Boyet de Leon. Mas mahusay pa nga raw ito kay Boyet na mahigpit na tinututulan ni Dennis dahil as far as he is concerned walang pwedeng tumawad sa kakayahan ni De Leon sa pagganap. Inspirado siya dahil pawang magagaling ang kasama niya sa Blue Moon.

Isang bagay ang aming ipinagtataka. Hindi Rated A ang naging grado ng Blue Moon mula sa Cinema Evaluation Board. Kung sabagay, ilang Rated A na pelikulang local na ba ang kumita sa takilya? Meron na ba?

Jennylyn, mag-aampon ng sanggol!

Suntok sa Buwan
Emy Abuan-Bautista
Ang Pilipino Star Ngayon


Feeling ni Jennylyn Mercado na kulang sa saya ang kanilang tahanan ni Mommy Lydia kaya gusto nitong mag-ampon ng sanggol. Naniniwala kasi ito na iba pa rin ang may bata sa bahay dahil may mag-aalis ng kanyang pagod buhat sa magdamagang taping, syuting at commercial shoot. Bukod sa mga regular shows sa Channel 7 ay abala ito ngayon sa pagre-recording ng album under GMA Records.

Filmfest movies to watch or catch up with

Manila Bulletin

Moviegoers have until Jan. 8 to watch or catch up with the entries of the ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines. Hereunder are films we are recommending film buffs to see:

"Once in a Blue Moon," starring Eddie Garcia, Christopher de Leon, Dennis Trillo, Boots Anson-Roa, Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, Pauleen Luna and Polo Ravales, is a period movie that tells of a beautiful love story, that of Manuel and Corazon who get separated and who at the twilight of their lives start looking for each other.

The young Manuel is played by Mark Herras, while the old one is played by Eddie Garcia who delivers another brilliant performance as a dying man who goes around the country in search for the one true love of his life.

Jennylyn Mercado does a notable performance as she plays Corazon while Pauleen Luna plays another Corazon. Both Corazons play an important part in Manuel’s life but he lost them both. When he finds out he’s sick of cancer and has only a few months to live, he sets to look for Corazon. He is later joined though reluctantly at first by his son (Christopher de Leon) and grandson (Dennis Trillo) who both come out with sterling performances.

Directed by Joel Lamangan from a screenplay by Palanca Awardwinning writer Allan Tijamo, "Once in a Blue Moon" is a Regal Entertainment, Inc. offering.

"Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom" is an action/fantasy/adventure movie starring Bong Revilla who plays a mercenary named Exodus into whose shoulders rests the fate of mankind.

The grim, unsmiling Exodus has extraordinary fighting skills but he alone cannot defeat Haring Bagulbol (Jay-R) who’s dedicated in his goal to annihilate mankind. In order to defeat the evil king, Exodus goes to the Enchanted Land to capture the Elementals of Earth (Benjie Paras), Fire (BJ "Tolits" Forbes, Water (Iya Villania), and Air (Aubrey Miles) and convince them to fight Haring Bagulbol alongside with him. The mythical creatures are portrayed by Aubrey Miles, Iya Villania, Benjie Paras and BJ "Tolits" Forbes.

But more than his extraordinary fighting skills, Exodus needs to take a journey of self-discovery if he wants to save mankind from extermination.

In his role as Exodus, Bong Revilla delivers a serious and in-depth performance he has never projected before on the big screen.

Directed by Erik Matti, "Exodus" is a joint production of Imus Productions and Reality Entertainment, in cooperation with Enchanted Kingdom and Ignite Media.

"Mulawin the Movie," a GMA Films offering, is another movie to watch if you go for special effects and if you were a fan of "Mulawin" the TV series which was GMA Network’s biggest earners the past year.

The saga of Aguiluz (Richard Gutierrez) and Alwina (Angel Locsin) continues in "Mulawin the Movie" directed by Dominic Zapata.

Aguiluz and Alwina’s plan for a peaceful life as mortals unravels when their boat going to Tierra Fuego (The Realm of Man) gets caught in a violent storm. They wash up on separate shores as two persons without memories of their pasts. Aguiluz is adopted by a humble farmer while Alwina becomes the surrogate daughter of a wealthy family and is engaged to be married.

Meanwhile, a new period in the saga of Mulawin unfolds as Pirena (Sunshine Dizon), the "Fire Maiden," uses the "gintong ani" to bring Ravenum back to life. Ravenum summons a dragon and raises an army of Ravenas to wreak havoc in Avila. Avila barely survives the initial attack and with the power of Mulawin’s Tree of Life dwindling, the Mulawin race is in peril.

The Encantadas and the Tres Aves, a legendary trio of heroes with special abilities, rush to the aid of Mulawin. But ultimately, the fate of Avila and the Mulawin race hinges on the valor, the return and the love of its two greatest champions, Aguiluz and Alwina.

"Ako Legal Wife" is riotous comedy drama about Chona, a lovely Chinoy woman (played remarkably and impressively by Zsa Zsa Padilla) who suddenly feels old and unattractive when she discovers that her wealthy Chinoy husband Elton (played by Jay Manalo) is having an affair with not one, but two younger women (Cherry Pie Picache and Rufa Mae Quinto).

But rather than confront Elton about his other women, Chona concludes that the only solution is to make herself look younger and sexier. She goes through botox injections, liposuction, breast enhancement and other cosmetic procedures.

Making matters worst, Chona’s only son Hamilton (effectively portrayed by John Prats) reveals he is gay, jeopardizing his status as Elton’s legal heir.

Directed by Joel Lamangan from a screenplay by Roy Iglesias, "Ako Legal Wife" takes a humorous look at the weird but wonderful world of love in Manila, Chinoy style.

"Enteng Kabisote: The Legend Continues" is the movie to watch if you go for comedy and if you’re a fan of Vic Sotto’s brand of humor. Like "Exodus" and "Mulawin the Movie," "Enteng Kabisote" also features exciting special effects (CGI) as it takes off from where last year’s "Enteng Kabisote" ended. Satana (Bing Loyzaga), presumed destroyed in the last adventure, is restored to life by the continuing evil that men do. She is supported by his new set of henchmen, Drago, Kidlat and Clawman.

As Satana’s henchmen escalate the destruction of the seas and the forests, fish in the waters die and trees in the forests wither and burn. Satana then invades Engkantasia looking for a medalyon.

It is now up to earthling Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto), his wife Faye (Kristine Hermosa) and his mother-in-law Ina Magenta (Alice Dixson) to restore the delicate alance on earth as well as in Engkantasia.

"Mourning Girls," contrary to what the title suggests, is another rollicking comedy starring Glydel Mercado who like Zsa Zsa Padilla does an effective and impressive performance in the movie (as the wife of a dead lothario, played by Ricky Davao), Assunta de Rossi, Chin Chin Gutierrez and Juliana Palermo.

Glydel as Lupita a former beauty queen, and proud of her status as the legal wife (yes, the plot sounds familiar if you’ve seen "Ako Legal Wife") realizes there are other women in her husband’s when he dies. During his wake, his mistresses appear: Carmen, a renewed Christian; and Dana, a former bold star who turns every opportunity into an avenue for publicity.

And then there is Fe, the beautiful and sultry maid who also had a secret affair with the deceased, and the one who holds the key to the untimely demise of the wealthy patriarch.

The movie is directed by Gil Portes, who also produced it under Teamwork Productions and Zennet Films.

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Kutob" are the movies to watch if you go for suspense-thrillers and horror films. In Canary Films’ "Kutob." Marvin Agustin delivers a performance worthy of an award.

The two other entries to this year’s filmfest are Ronnie Ricketts’ "Lagot Ka sa Kuya Ko," which he himself directed and produced under his own Rocketts Productions, and Double Impact Films’ "Terrorist Hunter," also starring Eddie Garcia.

By the way, the entries’ total gross from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 follows: "Enteng Kabisote," R59.7-m; "Exodus," R41.7-m; "Mulawin," R34-m; "Ako Legal Wife," R28-m; "Shake, Rattle & Roll," R21.5-m; "Kutob," R9-m; "Blue Moon," R2.7-m; "Terrorist Hunter," R1.8-m; "Lagot Ka sa Kuya Ko," R450,000; and "Mourning Girls," R400,000.

Considering that it wasn’t intended for the film festival and the fact that it was hurriedly finished by Col. Jerry Valeroso, "Terrorist Hunter" is doing not so bad at the box-office.

Entertainment

Abu Tilamzik
Abante Tonite




Bukas na ang Gabi ng Parangal ng 31st Metro Manila Film Festival at marami na ang humuhula kung sino ang magwawaging best actress at best actor at kung aling pelikula ang hahakot ng awards.

Ang hula ng karamihan ay si Zsa Zsa Padilla ang magwawaging Best Actress dahil sa napakagaling niyang pagganap bilang legal wife sa Ako Legal Wife. May laban din daw sina Cherie Pie Picache, at Glydel Mercado.

Sa Best Actor ay mukhang laban daw nina Eddie Garcia at Dennis Trillo, kung hindi sa best supporting actor inu-nominate ang huli.

Inaabangan ng karamihang fans ang People’s Choice dahil aligaga ang mga ito sa pagboto.

Nangunguna sa pinakamaraming boto thru text sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras.

Mahigpit na kalaban ni Mark sa text votes si Dennis. May naririnig kaming bulung-bulungan na kinakarir daw ng isang grupo na mapupunta ang award kay Angel Locsin.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The year that saw the rise of digital films

THE past year will best be remembered as the year that saw the rise of digital films. There were three festivals of digital works: Cinemalaya at the CCP and ABS-CBN’s Cinema One in July, and the Cinemanila filmfest in October. Since they were all shown in public moviehouses, we make no distinction between them and mainstream releases. Honestly, we believe that there are better realized digital films than films made in the usual 35mm.

Here’s the list of local films released in 2005.

• January — "Uno," "Hayop sa Porma, Hanep sa Ganda," "Bathhouse." A total of 3 films.

• February — "Let the Love Begin" (the year’s biggest hit, reportedly raking in P160 million nationwide), "Dreamboy," "Night Job." A total of 3 films.

• March — "Birhen ng Manaoag," "Bahay ni Lola 2," "Saksi Driver." A total of 3 films.

• April — "Boso," "Pelukang Itim," "Pekto, Okay Ka Pare Ko," "Paraiso," "Can This Be Love." A total of 5 films.

• May — "Sa Aking Pagka-kagising sa Kamulatan," "Tagos sa Laman," "Bikini Open," "La Visa Loca," "Ang Lagusan." A total of 5 films.

• June — "Say That You Love Me," "Gracia," "Na-saan Ka Man," "Kiliti," "Happily Ever After." A total of 5 films.

• July — "Kalapati sa Gabi," "Pinoy Blonde," "D’Anothers," "Sa Pagitan ng Langit," Cinemalaya entries: "Big Time," "Pepot Artista," "Roomboy," "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros," "ICU Bed NO. 7," "Baryoke," "Lasponggols," "Sarong Banggi," and "Isnats," ABS-CBN Cinema One entries: "Dilim," "Sandalang Bahay," "Sa North Diversion Road," "Ang Anak ni Brocka," "Sitak," and "Anak ng Tinapa." A total of 19 films.

• August — "Pasaway na Multo," "Lamat," "Enterpool," "Mga Pusang Gala." A total of 4 films.

• September — "Lisensiyadong Kamao," "Lipstick," "Lovestruck," "Dubai." A total of 4 films.

• October — "Sablay Ka Na Pasaway Ka Pa," "Ispiritista…Itay, May Moomoo," Cinemanila Film Festival entries: "Ilusyon," "Ala Verde Ala Pobre," "Tuli," "Daan Patungong Kalimugtong," "Matthew Mark Luke and John," "Trabaho," and "Cut." A total of 9 films.

• November — "Hari ng Sablay," "Bilog." Only 2 films released.

• December — "Roses & Lollipops," Metro-Manila Filmfest entries: "Blue Moon," "Exodus, Tales From Enchanted Kingdom," "Mulawin," "Shake, Rattle and Roll 2K5," "Ako Legal Wife," "Mourning Girls," "Kutob," "Lagot Ka sa Kuya Ko" and "Enteng Kabisote 2, The Legend Continues." A total of 11 films.

That’s a total of only 49 films shown. The busiest film outfit is El Niño Films of Director Cesar SB. Abella who has been churning out low-budget sex films and comedies shown every month without any promotion and starring sexpots like Raja Montero and Kat de Santos and comedians like Bonnel Balingit and Palito.

It’s been a lean year even in terms of artistic returns. There is really no one outstanding film that stands head and shoulders above the rest. What we have are above average works that have shortcomings of their own. The major disappointments are "La Visa Loca," a comedy from Mark Meily that amazingly got an A from the increasingly unreliable Cinema Evaluation Board but really failed to make us laugh; "Nasaan Ka Man," the debut of a TV ad director that is a visual treat but has a script that is shot full of holes; "Pinoy Blonde," another comedy and the comeback flick of Peque Gallaga that just doesn’t work; "Kutob," Joey Reyes’ ineffective attempt in making a suspense-thriller; and "Dubai," an unabashed melodrama that tries so hard to wring the tear ducts of viewers that go for this kind of schmaltz.

Here then is our list of films that manage to be better than the rest.

"Ilusyon" by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos — A well crafted art film about a neophyte artist looking for his muse and his medium with evocative visual stylings that effectively set this digital film’s tone and atmosphere, "Big Time" by Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez — A witty digital comedy about a kidnapping that went terribly wrong, reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s works, "Blue Moon" by Joel Lamangan — A crowdpleasing commercial melodrama about the search of a dying man for his one true love that succeeds in its intentions to give its audience a good cry, "Bikini Open" by Jeffrey Jeturian — An acerbic satire about beauty pageants and the opportunistic media people who exploit them, "Sa North Diversion Road" by Dennis Marasigan — A well acted series of vignettes about ten marriages that went wrong, mainly due to infidelity, "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" by Aureus Solito — This heartwarming story of a gay teenage boy profits mainly from Michiko Yamamoto’s well-written script and could have been even better in the hands of a more seasoned filmmaker, "Exodus" by Erik Matti — The best fantasy-adventure film this year with an involving story about the perennial battle between good and evil and special effects that are definitely more polished and inventive than any other local fantasy film.

Best supporting actor: Tado, playing the role of a mousy female teacher in "Pepot Artista," Soliman Cruz as the supportive father of a gay teenage son in "Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros," Andoy Ranay as the frenetic gay mama-san in "Bathhouse," Allan Paule as the exploitative customer in "Masahista," Christopher de Leon and Dennis Trillo as the estranged father and son in "Blue Moon," Lito Pimentel as the perverted cop and Cholo Barretto as his helpless rape victim in "Sa Aking Pagkakagising sa Kamulatan," and Alcris Galura as the snatcher adopted by the gay novelist he tried to rob in "Mga Pusang Gala," "Big Time" offers three good supporting performances: Nor Domingo as the accomplice, Michael de Mesa as the menacing syndicate boss, and Jamie Wilson as the willing kidnap victim.

Best supporting actress: Irma Adlawan as the caring daughter in "ICU Bed No. 7," Hilda Koronel and Gloria Diaz as the spinster sisters with a dark secret in "Nasaan Ka Man," Rio Locsin as the mom prone to theatrical histrionics in "Pepot Artista," Jennylyn Mercado as the less favored Corazon who suffers from a severe case of post-partum depression in "Blue Moon," Assunta de Rossi as the faded bold star who acts like a female faggot typical in showbusiness in "Mourning Girls," and Francine Prieto as the scheming beauty contestant who’ll do anything to win in "Bikini Open."

Best actor: Yul Servo as the perplexed neophyte painter in search of love and himself in "Ilusyon," Winston Elizalde as the dimwitted, bungling small-time crook in "Big Time," Ebong Joson and John Arcilla in their multiple roles in "Ala Verde Ala Pobre" and "Sa North Diversion Road" respectively, Eddie Garcia playing sick dying men in both "Blue Moon" and "ICU Bed No. 7," Coco Martin in the title role of "Masahista" who’s forever duty bound to his family and clients, Ricky Davao as the gay romance novelist with a problematic lovelife in "Mga Pusang Gala," Carlo Aquino as the young man who’s considered as an outcast for being uncircumcised in "Tuli," and Bong Revilla as the mercenary turned savior of an imperiled people in "Exodus."

Best actress: Irma Adlawan who’s alternately submissive, pathetic, defiant and comic while playing ten different wives in "Sa North Diversion Road," Ana Capri astutely playing three different kinds of roles in "Ala Verde Ala Pobre," Cherry Pie Picache as the aggressive broadcaster in "Bikini Open," Meryll Soriano as the happy-go-lucky goodtime girl in "Roomboy," Zsa Zsa Padilla as the very insecure title-roler in "Ako Legal Wife" and Jaycee Parker as the nude artist’ model afflicted with a disfiguring disease in "Ilusyon."

In the technical department, we should make special mention of two superlative works in cinematography: Albert Banzon in "Daan Patungong Kalimugtong" that captures the beauty of the Cordillera highlands using available light, and Odyssey Flores whose astonishing use of imaginative lighting that plays on light and shadows made "Ilusyon" a true visual treat.

In production design, the most notable are the works of Danny Red in "Ilusyon," Joey Luna in "Blue Moon," and Cesar Hernando in "Pepot Artista," all period films.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Entertainment

Philippine Star

Zsazsa vs Jennylyn sa MMFF Best Actress
Sa January 6 ay magtutunggali ang mga artistang may pelikula sa festival sa MMFF ’05 Awards Night. Sa Best Actress category ay matunog ang pangalan nina Zsazsa Padilla at Jennylyn Mercado. Sina Eddie Garcia, Christopher de Leon at Dennis Trillo naman para sa Best Actor award. Liyamado na si Joel Lamangan para sa Best Director para sa Blue Moon at baka ang pelikula rin ang manalong Best Picture.

Ayaw umasa ni Jennylyn Mercado na makamit ang award para sa Blue Moon dahil mabigat daw na kalaban si Zsazsa. Nakalalamang lang si Jenny dahil siya ang number one sa People’s Choice Award.

Sa kabilang banda, hindi nagpatalbog si Dennis Trillo sa said movie sa dalawang premyadong aktor na sina Eddie at Boyet. Nakipagsabayan ito sa confrontation scene nila ni Christopher na gumaganap niyang ama.

Masaya si Dennis dahil nakasama siya sa Etheria at dahil bongga ang teleserye feeling nito ay para siyang gumagawa ng pelikula.

The good and the bad about 2005

Star Bytes
Butch Francisco
The Philippine Star


Jennylyn Mercado – Instead of splurging on her 18th birthday at some big hotel, she celebrated that special day doing charity work. Later, she was also given a big birthday bash at the SM Megamall Cinema by Lily Monteverde during the premiere night of her movie. The fact that she also survived her tumultuous romance with Mark Herras and came out of it with her chin up made her admirable in the eyes of the public.

Fearless forecast: Blue Moon, Best Picture; Best Actor, Boyet vs Dennis vs Eddie Garcia

Footloose
Leo M. Bukas
Taliba


SA Jan. 6 pa gaganapin ang awards night para sa 2005 Me-tro Manila Film Festival-Phi-lippines. Narito ang aming fearless forecast: Magiging mahigpit ang labanan for best actress nina Zsa Zsa Padilla at Jennylyn Mercado. Pero, mas malaki ang edge ni Zsa Zsa over Jennylyn dahil mas mahaba ang role niya sa Ako Legal Wife compared kay Jennylyn sa Blue Moon. Kung sa supporting category ilalagay si Jennylyn, malamang na siya ang manalo katulad ni Dennis Trillo na malakas din ang laban sa kapwa kasama niya sa pelikula na sina Eddie Gar-cia at Christopher de Leon ng Blue Moon.

Best Picture para sa amin ang Blue Moon. Wala nang iba pang pelikula sa MMFFP entries ang deserving na ma-nalo ng Best Picture. Maging ang Best screenplay, best story ay puwede ring mapanalunan ng Blue Moon. Ang pelikula ring ito ang bet namin para sa Best Production Design, Best Musical Score, Best Cinematography at Best Director for Joel Lamangan.

Ang Best Visual Effects naman ay siguradong mapupunta sa Exodus: Tales of the Enchanted Kingdom ni Bong Revilla. Puwede ring mapanalunan nito ang Best Child Actor for Tolits. Ang second Best Picture para sa amin ay ang Mulawin: The Movie at third Best Picture ang Ako Legal Wife.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Mark and Jennylyn rekindle romance in ‘Once in a Blue Moon’

Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado may have declared that they have split up, but those who have seen their sweet and tender scenes in "Once in a Blue Moon," believe that the two are still very much in love with each other.

In Regal Entertainment’s "Once in a Blue Moon," the only romantic drama entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival, Mark plays Manuel, a country boy who is torn between two girls both named Corazon. Jennylyn plays the shy Corazon while Pauleen Luna plays the aggressive one. The three belong to the same circle of friends.

The story spans the 1940s to the present where the older Manuel is played by Eddie Garcia. Manuel is now stricken with a terminal illness and has one last wish: to find Corazon, the true love of his youth and dance "Once in a Blue Moon" sweetly with her. Together with son (Christopher de Leon) and grandson (Dennis Trillo), Manuel searches for Corazon. But which of the two is the mystery of "Once in a Blue Moon."

After the comedy "So Happy Together" and "Say That You Love Me," this period romance comes as the most challenging movie for Mark and Jennylyn. One scene from "Once in a Blue Moon" might prove that there’s still spark between the former real–life sweethearts—Mark and Jennylyn’s much anticipated kissing scene.

According to director Joel Lamangan, the kiss is very passionate and it captures the emotions of their characters for the movie. "It was so real," the director observed.

The Cinema Evaluating Board has given "Once in a Blue Moon" a rating of "B" and is a strong contender in the MMFF awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Joel Lamangan, Best Screenplay for Allan Tijamo, Best Actor for Christopher de Leon, Eddie Garcia, Dennis Trillo, Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado, Best Production Design for Joey Luna, and Best Musical Scoring for Von de Guzman.

"Once in a Blue Moon" opens in theaters on Jan. 1, 2006 and also stars Polo Ravales, Reggie Curley, Tin Tin Arnaldo, Janna Victoria, January Isaac and Boots Anson-Roa.

New Year’s resolution ng mga artista

Suntok sa Buwan
Emy Abuan-Bautista


Hindi pa rin nawawala ang New Year’s resolution ng mga artista sa pagpasok ng 2006. May gusto silang baguhin sa kanilang ugali o mga bagong panuntunan sa buhay. Narito ang mga gustong pagbabago ng mga artista sa kanilang buhay:

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Jennylyn Mercado – Gusto niyang bawasan yung ugaling pagiging open sa mga nakakausap na tao kasi iba yung mga nakakarating sa kanila. Kaya ang ending ay nalalagay siya sa tsismis dahil sa nadagdagan ang mga salita kaya nalalagay siya sa intriga.

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What Blue Moon means for estranged lovers Mark and Jennylyn

Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado may have declared that they have split up, but those who have seen their sweet and tender scenes in Blue Moon, believe that the two are still very much in love with each other.

In Regal Entertainment’s Blue Moon, the only romantic drama entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival that opened New Year’s Day, Mark plays Manuel, a country boy who is torn between two ladies both named Corazon. Jennylyn Mercado plays the shy Corazon while Pauleen Luna plays the aggressive Corazon. Manuel and the two Corazons are actually friends who belong to one barkada.

The story spans the 1940s to the present where the older Manuel is played by Eddie Garcia. Manuel is now stricken with a terminal illness and has one last wish: to find Corazon, the true love of his youth and dance “Blue Moon” sweetly with her. Together with son (played by Christopher de Leon) and grandson (played by Dennis Trillo) Manuel searches all over the Philippines for Corazon. Which Corazon is Manuel’s true love? That mystery is the charm and the excitement of Blue Moon.

After the comedy So…Happy Together, and the youthful romances Let the Love Begin and Say That You Love Me, this period romance Blue Moon is obviously the most challenging and most mature film project yet for Mark and Jennylyn.

Both Jennylyn and Mark acknowledge that they were ably guided by director Joel Lamangan. But Jennylyn believes that her past experiences have helped in her characterization. She singles out a scene wherein Corazon had a big fight with Manuel, “Marami na akong pinaghuhugutan ngayon,” says Jennylyn, obviously referring to her romance with Mark. When pressed if that scene mirrored something in real life, Jennylyn says simply, “Parang ganon.”

So what is the real score? Is their breakup final? Is there a possibility for reconciliation between Mark and Jennylyn? There are reports that Mark is reportedly wooing Jennylyn. Other reports say that the two have gone out on a dinner date and that Mark has given (or plans to give) Jennylyn a very special gift. A necklace perhaps?

One scene in Blue Moon might prove that there’s still more than a spark of love with Mark and Jennylyn: their fans are eager to see their kissing scene. In the story, this takes place during war time, after so many years that Manuel and Corazon have not seen each other. The kiss is passionate and greatly captures the longing of the two characters. According to direk Joel, this particular scene, which is one of the most memorable and the most touching in the movie, was done in one take. Observers hasten to add that the kiss is “so real.”

The Cinema Evaluation Board has given Blue Moon a grade of “B.” It is a strong contender for major awards such as Best Picture, Best Director for Joel Lamangan, Best Screenplay for Allan Tijamo, Best Actor for Christopher de Leon/Eddie Garcia/Dennis Trillo, Best Production Design for Joey Luna, and Best Musical Scoring for Von de Guzman.

One thing is certain, Jennylyn’s performance in Blue Moon is worthy of an award. And should Jennylyn win Best Actress—her first acting award, if ever—will she mention Mark Herras in her thank-you speech?

Entertainment

Rey Pumaloy
Abante Tonite


Base sa aming mga napanood, ang Blue Moon ang pinakamagandang entry sa MMFF 2005.

Tumahimik ang mga tagahanga nina Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, Dennis Trillo at Pauleen Luna sa premiere showing nito sa SM Mega Cinema noong Huwebes nang gabi.

Sa umpisa ng pelikula, nagtitilian ang mga fans kapag ipinapakita ang mukha ng kanilang idolo pero habang tumakabo ang kuwento, hindi na sila nagsisigawan pa.

Nakaiiyak ang pelikula. Hindi man kami iyakin sa mga pinapanood namin pero sa Blue Moon ay naantig ang aming damdamin at nangarap na magkaroon sana ng ganito kadalisay na pag-ibig.

Ang istorya ay nag-ugat noong 1940’s kung saan si Manuel ay umibig sa agresibong Corazon o Azon (Pauleen).
Lihim pala siyang minahal ng isa pang Corazon (Jennylyn).

Hinanap ni Mark si Pauleen pero ang nakatuluyan niya ay si Jennylyn. Naghiwalay rin sila nito.

Sa umpisa pa lang ng kuwento, may hinahanap nang Corazon si Eddie (old Mark).

Dito nagsimula ang kuwento ng kanyang pag-ibig at sa ending lang ng movie lumabas kung sinong Corazon ang hinahanap niya para maisayaw sa awiting Blue Moon bago siya bawian ng buhay sa sakit na cancer.

Entertainment

Abu Tilamzik

Magkakasama pa rin sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras sa pagsalubong sa taong 2006 dahil kasali sila sa Jam on ‘06 na Countdown ng GMA 7 sa Plaza Rajah Sulayman sa Roxas Blvd., Manila.

Magkakasama pa rin kaya sila sa trabaho ngayong 2006? Kung si Jennylyn ang tatanungin, okay lang sa kanya kung sila pa rin ang magka-loveteam ni Mark dahil alam niyang marami pa rin ang sumusubaybay sa kanila kahit matagal na silang nag-break.

"Depende po kung ano ang plano ng GMA 7 sa amin. Kung gusto nilang kami pa rin ang magkasama as loveteam, okay lang po sa akin," pahayag ng young actress.

Mukhang tatagal pa ang loveteam nila dahil nag-hit sa takilya ang Blue Moon at napatunayang may lakas pa rin sila.

Pagdating sa kanilang personal na nararamdaman sa isa’t isa, mukhang wala na. Ayaw namang sabihin ni Jennylyn kung bukas na ba siya sa bagong pag-ibig dahil hanggang ngayon ay mas gusto raw niyang huwag munang ma-in love muli.

"Siguro, kung ma-in love man ako uli, may ititira naman ako para sa sarili ko. Ayoko ng buhos siguro, unahin ko na muna siguro ang sarili ko bago sa iba," sagot nito sa amin. ‘Yun daw ang isa sa natutunan niya sa nakaraang niyang pag-ibig kay Mark.

Marami raw ang nanliligaw sa kanya ngayon, pero wala pa raw siyang masasabing may pag-asa dahil sa dami ng ginagawa niya, wala na siyang panahong harapin ang mga ito.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Blue Moon

Reggee Bonoan

Opening day ngayong araw ang pelikulang Blue Moon na ginawaran ng Rated B ng Cinema Evaluatation Board.

Deserving ang Blue Moon sa gradong ibinigay, dapat nga Rated A pa.

Pawang mga baguhang artista sina Jennylyn Mercado, Pauleen Luna at Mark Herras sa ganitong kaseryosong pelikula at bilang mga baguhan ay saludo kami, maski na walang gaanong emosyong umarte si Mark.

Sa kissing scene ng ex lovers (Mark at Jennylyn) ay ramdam ng mga nakapanood na may pag-ibig pa sa isa’t isa (break na sila nung ginagawa ang movie) ang dalawa na pilit lang nilang pinipigilan dahil nga galit ang nararamdaman nila sa isa’t isa. Di nga kaya in the end ay magkatotoo ang kuwento ng Blue Moon sa kanilang dalawa?

Napapailing kami kay Dennis Trillo, sa galing niyang umarte at sa totoo lang ‘nilamon’ niya si Christopher de Leon sa eksenang nagsasagutan sila nung patungo sila ng Albay dahil nga suko na si Boyet sa gusto ng amang si Eddie Garcia para hanapin ang nawawalang "Corazon" sa buhay niya.

"Get back to that f_ _ _ _ _ g car and lets go to Albay". Hindi lang ikaw ang nakaranas na mawalan ng ina, ako rin pero wala kang narinig sa akin so, get back to that f _ _ _ _ _g car!" ang ilan lang sa mga dialogue ni Dennis na talagang hinangaan siya ng husto.

Naku, pag hindi nanalo si Dennis sa January 6 awards night ng MMFF tiyak na may lutuang nangyari, huh?

At nagulat din kami sa reaksyon ng mga taong nasa loob ng sinehan nu’ng finally nagkita na sila Manuel at Corazon ay kinilig din sila, susme, nakabuo ng bagong loveteam si Mother Lily Monteverde, huh?

Parehong film ni Direk Joel Lamangan ang Blue Moon at Ako, Legal Wife (Mano Po 4) na nilagare niya, at base sa napanood namin ay wala kaming masasabing nag-suffer, well-rested at inspired si direk Joel nung ginagawa niya ang dalawang pelikula.

Di tulad last year, hindi kami gaanong nagandahan sa Legal Wife 3 dahil maraming loopholes at hindi naalagaan ang mga anggulo ni Mayor Vilma Santos, say nga namin, mukhang ibinuhos lahat sa Aishite Imasu 1941.

Binabati namin ang buong cast ng Blue Moon sa magandang performance nila at kay Mother Lily Monteverde na iniintriga pa sa pelikulang ito, sa totoo lang, deserving siyang mapasama sa MMFF ‘no kumpara sa pelikulang ipinaglalaban ng isang director na saka na namin isusulat ang comments ng mga nanoood.

Blue Moon

About Showbiz
Nitz Miralles
Ang Pilipino Star Ngayon

Mukhang hindi papayag ang fans ni Dennis Trillo na si Mark Herras ang manalong best actor sa People’s Choice ng Metro Manila Film Festival. Paramihan ng text votes mula sa fans ang mananalo rito and as of December 30, naungusan na ni Dennis si Mark. May 3,844 votes siya at si Mark ay nakakuha ng 3,280.

Malayo ang boto nila kina Eddie Garcia at Christopher de Leon na kasama rin nila sa Blue Moon. Pero, kung ‘di idadaan sa text vote, sina Dennis at Eddie ang outstanding ang acting para sa majority nang nanood sa premiere night ng movie.

Sa babae, runaway winner si Jennylyn Mercado mula sa start ng contest. May 6,227 votes na siya at ang sumunod sa kanyang si Kristine Hermosa’y may 115 votes. Si Zsazsa Padilla na magaling sa Ako Legal Wife, 39 votes lang ang nakuha.

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Ang ganda ng Blue Moon and the best movies sa Metro Manila Film Festival para sa nakapanood na ng mga entry. Winner din ang technical aspect mula sa editing, music score, cinematography, sound, production design at directing. Nakadagdag pa sa ganda ang husay umarte ng mga artista. Kahit si Mark naka-arte, altho distracting pa rin sa amin ang pagkunot ng kanyang noo.

Hindi pa man tapos ang MMFF, hinihintay na namin ang 2006 MMFF. Ano kayang sorpresa at kontrobersya ang ibibigay nina Mother Lily at director Joel Lamangan sa moviegoers?

Blue Moon

Bida
Ben dela Cruz


Blue Moon is a beautiful love story that spans three generations. It's about a man (Eddie Garcia) in search of the woman he loves, magmula pa ng kanilang kabataan.
It's a gathering of acting greats Eddie, Christopher de Leon, Dennis Trillo, all multi-awarded actors, plus Boots Anson-Roa with today's most promising young stars ` Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado, Pauleen Luna and Polo Ravales.

This early, hinuhulaang sa pelikulang Blue Moon manggagaling ang karamihan sa mga magwawagi ng acting at technical awards. The story is based on a Palanca Award-winning screenplay by Allan Tijamo, sa direksyon ni Joel Lamangan.

Regal Entertainment has another ace to brag about as Blue Moon opens on New Year's day.

Sa pelikulang ito nag-umpisa ang rumor na si Pauleen ang naging dahilan ng break up nina Jennylyn at Mark, kung kaya't nagkaroon ng tension habang ginagawa ang pelikula.

But to prove their professionalism, hindi sila nagpadaig sa intriga, and Pauleen is quick to deny that she and Mark are playing sweet music.

"We're just friends, kaming tatlo nina Mark at Jen. Pinalaki lang ng kung sino ang isyu. Pero alam ni Jen at naiintindihan niyang hindi naging kami ni Mark. Hindi kami nagkaroon ng gap ni Jen kahit minsan."

Acting vehicle ang pelikula at dito makikita who among the young stars ang may potensyal na sumunod sa mga yapak nina Eddie and company.

Eddie Garcia also looked for his first love!

Manuel Pineda’s story in Regal Films’ "Once in a Blue Moon" probably happens in real life once in a blue moon or even probably never. But for multiawarded actor Eddie Garcia, playing Manuel Pineda has some parallelism in his past.

Though he didn’t go on a wild-goose search for a loved one like what Manuel Pineda did in "Once in a Blue Moon," he did experience losing someone and trying to search for her too.

"That was in the 40s and you may call it my first love but during the war I didn’t see her anymore. After a while I joined the Army and when I came back in 1945, I saw her again. But we lost contact again after that. Then in 1975, during the Naga Film Festival when I was in Naga, she was there.

Wala na because she was really married. The feeling was still there of course, it was in my heart in a span of 30 years," Eddie Garcia recalled.

In "Blue Moon," Eddie Garcia embarks on a nationwide search for his one true love, Corazon, after learning that he is terminally sick and will die within six months. And one of his goals is to be able to dance with Corazon for the first and last time to the tune of "Blue Moon" before he rests in peace.

Playing the young Manuel Pineda is Mark Herras while playing the two Corazons are Jennylyn Mercado and Pauleen Luna. The older Corazon is played by veteran actress Boots Anson Roa. Directed by Joel Lamangan, the movie also stars Christopher de Leon, Dennis Trillo, Polo Ravales, Paolo Paraiso, Tin Arnaldo, RJ Rosales, TinTin Bersola-Babao, Allan Paule, Pinky Amador, January Isaac, Jana Victoria and Jim Pebanco.

"This is really a beautiful love story and we have a terrific cast," exclaimed Eddie.

It is also the first time that Eddie Garcia has done a road-trip kind of film. The movie focuses on Eddie’s traveling from North to South of the Philippines looking for Corazon.

"It’s the first time I’ve done a film that’s on the road going to different locations. This one practically covered the entire Philippines, from the North, Ilocos region, Baguio and the Bicol region," described the actor.

In "Blue Moon," one of Regal Films’ entry to the ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival, Eddie surely delivers another notable and remarkable performance that may bring him another acting trophy.

With numerous awards and citations for his works in show business, what keeps his enthusiasm up?

"Well, it’s a job and it’s a good way to make living!"

He added that he is always challenged with every movie or TV project he gets. "You have to put out your best because it’s going to be your best recommendation for your next assignment…it’s still ‘never sit on your laurels’ for me. There’s no stopping in acting. You learn a new thing everyday as you go along," smiled Eddie.

Eddie Garcia hopes that this coming year 2006 would be better for the industry and even the country. Compared to the 90’s, the movie industry is really challenged moving up. The ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival is a good sign of things to come as more producers up their ante and invested more in producing quality films.

He shared that in the past decades movie outputs normally totalled over 200 films annually compared to last year’s less than 50 movies. And like every player in the industry, his only prayer is for the local show business to be lucrative again and for it to rise from its slump and seemingly deep slumber!

Dennis upstages Christopher

Check It Out
Bong de Leon


THE red carpet premiere of "Blue Moon" at the Cinema 4 of SM Megamall last Thursday night virtually rained with superlatives not only from film critics but even ordinary viewers who really raved about the movie.

The one actor in the movie that really caught our attention was Dennis Trillo who stole the thunder from such great actor like Christopher de Leon in their confrontation scene. We're not saying though that Boyet has lost his talent — Dennis simply him blasted off maybe because of the intensity of his dialogues. For us, actors good and bad dialogues make or unmake good actors..

Even Jennylyn Mercado who plays Corazon showed great potential as a
dramatic actress. Newcomer Pauleen Luna likewise showed great promise as a beginner,what with very expressive eyes and good acting . And of course, Mark Herras really prepared himself to give the best he could after he received flaks about the way he delivered his lines. He mumbled them before, remember?

We believe that Joel Lamangan did his best in "Blue Moon." Many predict that "Blue Moon" will take the lion's share of awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor Eddie Garcia and Christopher de Leon, Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Trillo) and Best Supporting Actress (Boots Anson-Roa), It will surely win with technical awards, too. After viewing the movie, the word of mouth will work wonders to make it the topgrosser. Wanna bet?

Other stars who shared good acting are Boots Anson-Roa, Polo Ravales, Pinky Amador and Allan Paule. The guest appearance of Tin Tin Bersola-Babao and the enchanting theme song "Blue Moon" by Orange and Lemons, will serve as a big come on.

Jennylyn naghahabol kay Mark?

Hot Shots
Gerry Ocampo




NAGULAT si Jennylyn Mercado sa lumabas (di sa Tonight) na nakiusap raw siya sa GMA Artist Center na palabasing naghahabol sa kanya si Mark Herras at type nitong maibalik ang loveteam nila.

At eto pa, kunwari raw ay magpapa-hard-to-get siya. Pero hindi naman pinagbigyan ng naturang network ang kahilingan kaya nagtatampo raw ngayon ang singer/actress sa Artist Center.

Natural nang makarating sa kampo ni Mark ang gusto daw diumano mangyari ni Jennylyn ay pinagtawanan nila ng ex-girlfriend ng young actor.

Sabi naman ni Jen sa premiere night ng Blue Moon na unfair ang nagsulat na naghahabol pa siya sa loveteam nila ni Mark.

Aminado ang singer/actress na nasaktan siya sa paghihiwalay nila ni Mark pero never na maghahangad at maghahabol pa siya kay Mark. Nakapag-move on na raw siya at dalangin na sana ay makita na raw ni Mark ang babaeng magpapaligaya sa binata.

Kahit naman daw nagkahiwalay sila ni Mark ay magkaibigan pa rin sila at hindi mawawala ang dating pinagsamahan. Pero hanggang doon na lang at malabo na raw magkabalikan pa sila sa ngayon.

Hinding-hindi raw niya magagawa ang paratangan na nakiusap sa GMA Artist na palabasing naghahabol si Mark sa kanya. At lalong wala raw siyang karapatan para utusan ang management ng GMA Artist.

Lalo na siguro kapag tinanghal na Best Actress sa Gabi ng Parangal ng Metro Manila Film Festival 2005 si Jen sa pagkakaganap niya sa Blue Moon ay dadagsain ito ng intriga ng mga naiingit sa tagumpay na tinatamasa nito ngayon.