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Friends: The Reunion to air on HBO and HBO GO
FILIPINO fans can view the special at the same time as the US on Thursday, May 27, 3:01 p.m., exclusively on HBO GO, with a same-day broadcast on HBO at 9 p.m. Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer return to the iconic comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for the first time in 17 years. Friends: The Reunion finds the cast joined by moderator James Corden and a star-studded roster of special guests as they relive the show’s fan-favorite and unforgettable moments. Friends: The Reunion, an HBO Max Original, will feature a variety of special guests including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon, and Malala Yousafzai.
Dear Evan Hansen movie announced
THE GENERATION-DEFINING Broadway musical comes to the cinema, with Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprising his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder), Dear Evan Hansen was adapted for the screen by the show’s Tony winning writer Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by the show’s Oscar Grammy, and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Featuring Grammy winning songs, including “You Will Be Found,” “Waving Through a Window,” “For Forever,” and “Words Fail,” Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Apple TV+’s Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Netflix’s Atypical), DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Danny Pino (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). Universal Pictures will bring Dear Evan Hansen to Philippine cinemas soon.
DepEd TV airs on GMA’s digital channel
DEPED TV, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) platform for multimedia classes, started airing classes for its blended learning program officially on GMA’s digital channel on May 24. Students staying at home can watch educational programs Mondays to Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Channel 7 on the GMA Affordabox and GMA Now, as well as on other digital TV receivers. GMA Network provides this digital channel for free. DepEd TV has been airing on test broadcast since early this year. Episodes will be lessons in Filipino, Math, English, and Science, with different time slots for each grade level. Select episodes and lessons will also be Mother Tongue-Based so learners can better understand their lessons. DepEd TV will also broadcast quick tips on dealing with COVID-19 throughout the day to keep students informed on safety protocols amidst the pandemic. For updates, visit GMA Network’s official website at www.gmanetwork.com.
Dru Chen drops new single, ‘Eiffel Tower’
SINGAPORE-based singer/songwriter Dru Chen’s new single, “Eiffel Tower,” is a romantic ballad on his visions of Paris and laying one’s heart on the line for something which is never quite guaranteed. “It was written during a time of intense vulnerability, when life and love went through tumultuous ups and downs,” said Dru Chen in a statement. The R&B track was jointly written by Joel Tan of Gentle Bones and Dru Chen, and solely produced by Dru Chen. “Eiffel Tower” is now available on music streaming platforms.
Ben&Ben releases ‘Magpahinga’ music video
AWARD-winning actor Joel Torre and actress-filmmaker Bela Padilla play father and daughter in the music video of Ben&Ben’ latest song, “Magpahinga,” a lovingly sparse ballad that embraces the importance of healing on one’s own terms. The nine-piece collective have released the “Magpahinga” music video on YouTube which touches on delicate matters such as death, grief, and the final moments spent with a loved one. The “Magpahinga” music video is out now on YouTube and all other video platforms.
SM promos, events for summer
SM SUPERMALLS celebrate summer with mall-wide sales and more. SM’s 3 Day Sale will be held in select SM malls from May 28 to 31, offering discounts of up to 70%. SM malls in Davao (Dine in Colors), General Santos (Dine in the Wild), Naga (Aquaholic Summer), and Baguio (Camp under the Sky) will offer a chance to dine outdoors amid a colorful backdrop. SM malls will also hold a Summer Paw-ty for pets at Paw Park at SM City Lucena and SM Center Lemery. There will be pet parades, meet-and-greet activities, and pet essentials shopping. Watch movies outdoors at the rooftop of SM CDO Downtown Premier with Movies at the Sky Park. Themed outdoor spaces in select SM malls like the Summer Wonderland at the Skypark at SM Seaside City Cebu are set to beat the summer heat with friends. Still stuck at home? Shop for summer essentials and have them delivered next day via SM Malls Online Beta App. Currently available for SM Megamall, North EDSA and Mall of Asia. For all other SM Malls, order via their personal shopper partners by calling SM Customer Care at 8876-1111 or by sending a Viber message at 0922-876-1111. For the latest news, promos, and activities, visit www.smsupermalls.com or like and follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.