“A Second Chance” Hits P566M in Box Office; Makes History as New Highest Grossing Filipino Film

Star Cinema’s “A Second Chance” is now the highest grossing Filipino movie all time after raking in P566 million worldwide since it opened in theaters last November 25.

The highly anticipated sequel to 2007’s hit movie “One More Chance” topbilled by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo has taken over the combined local and international box office record set by the 2014 Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga-starrer “Starting Over Again.”

Aside from being a phenomenal hit, “A Second Chance” also created milestones in the PH movie industry being the first local film to earn more than half a billion in the box office. Continue reading

TFC@theMovies Brings Much-Anticipated, Iconic Movie ‘A Second Chance’ Worldwide

After creating history in the Philippine movie industry and continuing to break box office records to date with about a Php 100M in ticket sales three days after its release, “A Second Chance” is set to unfold to audiences worldwide, eager to see the sequel to one of the most iconic Filipino romantic films of all time in, “One More Chance.”

Now officially recorded as the Philippine film with the highest ticket sales on its opening day, outside the Metro Manila Film Festival, “A Second Chance,” is the sequel to “One More Chance,” the movie which has created a cult following of Filipino fans worldwide for its memorable lines and inspiring story of Popoy (played by John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (played by Bea Alonzo) who give each other an opportunity to love again.

With a huge number of Filipinos who could relate to one of the most beautiful stories told on Philippine cinema, the first movie has already spawned a CD and DVD version and have been screened worldwide via Pay-per-View on TFC and TFC.tv. The movie which stars two of the countries’ biggest on-screen partners, also produced a book version eight years after it first touched the hearts of moviegoers worldwide, making it a veritable part of the Filipino pop-culture.

According to Bea, more than them deserving praise for influencing Filipino romantics and even the new generation or the millennials’ perception on love, she is even more delighted as to how their movie and their characters have been accepted. “I am very proud of the Filipino audience na tinatanggap nila ng ganito ang pelikula (I am very proud of how receptive the Filipino audience has been of our movie.” Bea says. Continue reading

ABS-CBN Wins 23 CMMA Awards

ABS-CBN Corporation bagged a total of 23 recognitions at the recently held 37th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for its socially relevant and values-laden programs and special projects.

ABS-CBN went home with 11 recognitions from the television categories that include Best News Program for “ANC’s The World Tonight,” Best Children and Youth Program for “Nathaniel,” Best Public Service Program for “Mission Possible,” Best TV Ad–Public Service category for ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management’s “Thank You sa Malasakit, Pope Francis” campaign tied with ABS-CBN Cebu’s “Panguma” campaign about farming.

Special Citations were also given to “TV Patrol Visayas” of ABS-CBN Cebu for the News Program category, while “Docucentral’s Ang Mabuting Pastol: Pope Francis sa Pilipinas,” “Thank You sa Malasakit: Pope Francis sa Pilipinas,” and “Mukha: Pagsisikap” were cited for the Special Coverage and News Magazine categories. “Ryan Ryan Musikahan: Home for Christmas” of Jeepney TV and “Docucentral: Ako at ang Papa,” meanwhile, were cited for the TV Special category.

ABS-CBN’s flagship AM station DZMM also brought home honors headlined by “Failon Ngayon sa DZMM” for Best News Commentary, “DZMM Lenten Drama Special” for Best Drama Program, “Salitang Buhay” for Best Counseling Program, and “Dr. Love Always and Forever” for Best Entertainment Program while “DZMM Red Alert” received a Special Citation for the Educational Program category. Continue reading

TFC Brings Everyday I Love You Worldwide via TFC@theMovies, PPV on TFC & TFC.tv this November

ABS-CBN’s breakthrough love team, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil and Kapamilya Heartthrob Gerald Anderson star for the first time in Star Cinema’s newest romantic drama offering, “Everyday I Love You” which will be brought to cinemas by TFC@theMovies, to screens via Pay Per View on The Filipino Channel (PPV on TFC) and online via TFC.tv in selected countries and states worldwide this November.

Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar, who helmed numerous Star Cinema box office hits such as “Catch Me…I’m in Love” (2011), “She’s The One” (2013), “Bride For Rent” (2014), and “Crazy Beautiful You” (2015), and with a script written by the talented team of Gillian Ebreo, Katherine Labayen, Iris Lacap, and Vanessa R. Valdez, “Everyday I Love You” is a film that celebrates the value of patience, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness.

“Everyday I Love You” is centered on the intertwined stories of its three major characters, Tristan, Audrey, and Ethan. Audrey (Liza Soberano) patiently waits for her boyfriend Tristan (Gerard Anderson) to wake up from his comatose state. As she makes ends meet to support the financial needs of Tristan, she meets Ethan (Enrique Gil) who willingly helps her with her financial problems.  Audrey and Ethan eventually develop a mutual affection for each other, which greatly confuses Audrey especially when Tristan wakes up from his coma. Continue reading

Press Statement on The “Darna” Movie with Angel Locsin

“It is with deep regret that we announce that ABS-CBN, Star Cinema, and Angel Locsin have mutually agreed that Angel will no longer do the “Darna” movie due to health reasons. Because of her passion, dedication, and commitment to the project, she underwent various rigorous training regimens for two years. Unfortunately, this led her to developing a disc bulge in her spine. This then limits her from doing strenuous activities such as stunts, liftings, and the usage of harness, all of which will be required of her for the action scenes in the film. Aside from that, she will need to undergo rehabilitation and treatment. And so while we have envisioned her to do the iconic Filipino heroine, Angel’s health and safety are both our primary concern. Hence, the decision. Fans need not worry. They can still look forward to seeing her in a movie that she is currently shooting with Vilma Santos. Angel’s physical condition does not prevent her from finishing the said project. Again, we sincerely thank Angel for her hard work and pray for her recovery.”

 – Kane Errol Choa Head, Corporate Communications

HOOQing Up with Superheroes and Superstars

HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service with over 30,000 hours of movies and TV series, proudly presents the newest addition to their extensive collection, the critically acclaimed American crime-drama, Gotham. Gotham stars Ben McKenzie of The OC fame as a young James Gordon in the crime-riddled metropolis of Gotham City.  The show also features other recognizable actors such as Robin Lord Taylor from Law & Order, Donal Logue from Sons of Anarchy, and Jada Pinkett Smith from Hawthorne.

This Hollywood blockbuster series is one of the latest additions to the Philippines very own video streaming service that provides a huge variety of both international and local TV shows and movies. HOOQ (pronounced “Hook”), an online streaming site that offers laughter, drama, action and adventure rolled into one.  HOOQ is the first video streaming service in the Philippines to offer access to Gotham.

Currently, HOOQ offers over 30,000 hours of content, including thousands of Hollywood films, and the widest selection of Filipino-produced content, with movies and series from ABS-CBN, GMA 7, Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment and Viva Communications. HOOQ is also proud to announce local entertainment sensations Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola as their official brand ambassadors. Continue reading

TFC@theMovies Marks Simultaneous Opening Week for Etiquette For Mistresses Worldwide

“Etiquette For Mistresses,” Star Cinema’s upcoming and much-awaited offering, creates a major historic milestone as it will be the very first Filipino film that will be shown in cinemas around the world by TFC@theMovies on the same week of its opening day in the Philippines.

Right after its grand red carpet premiere at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City in the Philippines on September 29, “Etiquette For Mistresses” will open in cinemas nationwide starting September 30 (Wednesday) and will also have screenings on the same week in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait on October 1; in the United States and Canada on October 2; in Vienna, Austria on October 3 (6:30 p.m.); in London, United Kingdom on October 3 and 4; in Milan (10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and Rome (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), Italy on October 4; and in Paris, France on October 3 (3:00 p.m.), 4 (3:00 p.m.), and then on Oct 11 (1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.).  The movie will also screen thereafter in Sydney and New Zealand on October 8 and in Singapore on October 18. Continue reading

ABS-CBN Reports 20% Jump in Net Income to PHP1.2 billion; National Audience Share at All-Time High

ABS-CBN Corporation, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, reported PHP17.7 billion consolidated revenues for the first half of 2015, bringing its net income to PHP1.2 billion, 20% higher compared to the same period last year. The company reported higher second quarter revenues of PHP9.3 billion, 11% higher than the revenues generated during the first quarter of this year.

“Our performance during the first half was well within our expectations,” said Aldrin M. Cerrado, the company’s Chief Financial Officer. “We disclosed a guidance of PHP2.4 billion for 2015 and we are about half way there.”

He added that Channel 2 has extended its dominance in terms of national audience shares and ratings with a 52% national audience share at end of June 2015.

According to Kantar Media, the top ten programs for the first half in 2015 for free-to-air television were all produced by ABS-CBN. The company will further boost its audience share once it improves the reception of channel 2 in the Mega Manila area and Central Luzon.

Star Cinema also turned in a very good performance at the box office with PHP1.4 billion in ticket sales generated from the release of 8 movies. Continue reading

“Kid Kulafu” Reveals Untold Story of Manny Pacquiao

Eight-division world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio is set to inspire the world in a different light as the highly anticipated sports drama movie event of the year titled “Kid Kulafu” shares his story not as a sports icon but as a young boy who knocked out life’s challenges.

“This is the untold story of our People’s Champ–way before the fame, fortune, championships and even prior wearing boxing gloves,” said Paul Soriano, the director of the biographical film presented by ABS-CBN, Star Cinema, and Ten17 Productions. “It is not about his career as a professional boxer but an in-depth look into his early years, from his birth up to his teenage life.”

According to Direk Paul, “Kid Kulafu” has been three years in the making with two years dedicated for extensive research about the childhood of the People’s Champ.

“Viewers will discover in the film how hard life was for Manny as a kid in General Santos City. They will get to know a young boy who had nothing but attitude, passion, and fighting spirit to face every challenge head on and knock it out one by one,” shared Direk Paul.

The director added that what inspired him more to do the movie was when he got to know more Manny Pacquiao through a series of conversations which happened within the two-year research spent for the biographical film. Continue reading

ABS-CBN Restores “Maalaala Mo Kaya The Movie” After 21 Years

ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio recently graced the red carpet premiere of the digitally restored and remastered version of “Maalaala Mo Kaya The Movie” produced by Star Cinema back in 1994, or 21 years ago.

Joining Charo Santos-Concio in the special screening held at the University of the Philippines’ Cine Adarna was director Olivia M. Lamasan, who made her film directorial debut with ABS-CBN’s film outfit via the said film, and original cast members Aiko Melendez, Richard Gomez, Robert Arevalo, and Caridad Sanchez.

In an interview, Charo Santos-Concio expressed her support for the film restoration efforts led by ABS-CBN Film Archives head Leo Katigbak.

“The restoration project is doing a great thing because we are bringing back to life the cinema classics for the younger generation, for them to appreciate good storytelling and performances and understand the culture and history of our people. This is great legacy of ABS-CBN for the youth,” said Charo Santos-Concio. Continue reading

Feel The Thrill of Star Cinema’s Feng Shui in XD: 4D Cinema

The newest addition to SM Cinema Mall of Asia’s Specialized Theatres – the XD: 4D Cinema is a new 4D experience with enormous in-theatre effects including snow, wind, water, scent, fog and strobe/lightings. It also has seat impactors, motion seats, seat vibrators and even a leg tickler to add a breathtaking fourth dimension experience.

In this year’s upcoming 40th Metro Manila Film Festival, Star Cinema, in partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. will feature its official entry and Feng Shui, at the XD: 4D Cinema in Mall of Asia. Feng Shui, to be shown on December 25, 2014, will be the first Filipino movie rendered in 4D. Continue reading