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Entertainment News (11/23/21)

Robinsons Movieworld opens with safety measures

AS pandemic quarantines have eased, Robinsons Movieworld will reopen with intensified safety measures to ensure moviegoers have a worry-free and enjoyable movie experience. Robinsons Movieworld partnered with UV Care, an American brand registered with the US Food and Drugs Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency. UV Care is the leading brand in UV-C sterilizing technology, killing 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria. UV Care air purifiers come with medical-grade H13 HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) filters that remove the tiniest particles including droplets that carry viruses in the air. “We are excited to welcome back moviegoers to our cinemas on Nov. 24. We took extra measures to ensure that our customers can confidently step into Robinsons cinemas and not have to worry about their safety. This is why we’re introducing HEPA filters inside our cinemas to ensure patrons can once again enjoy the best movie experience in the safest way possible,” said Arlene Magtibay, Senior Vice-President and Business Unit General Manager of Robinsons Malls. Contactless and cashless transactions are the preferred way of buying tickets whether at the gates or through online channels. Moviegoers must show their COVID-19 vaccination cards before purchasing tickets. Contact tracing forms will be provided via a QR code. There’s a mandatory body temperature check before entering the cinema. Hand sanitizers are available at every entrance. Seating will be socially distanced, even for patrons from the same household. Face masks must be worn while in the theater while face shields may be removed temporarily during screening time. For health and safety, food and drinks are not allowed inside the cinemas. A no-eating or -snacking rule will be strictly imposed. The theaters will be scrubbed clean, disinfected, and sanitized every day and in between screenings. Movie schedules will be staggered to reduce crowds in the lobby and queuing areas. This will also give ample time for the staff to deep clean the cinemas. A pre-show announcement will remind patrons of the cough and sneeze etiquette, proper waste disposal and other healthy practices. In addition, there is a designated health and safety officer at every screening, ensuring government-imposed guidelines are strictly followed.

Ortigas Land lights up Capitol Commons, Ortigas East

PROPERTY developer Ortigas Land signals the holiday season through installations that brighten up Capitol Commons and Ortigas East. These festive light displays were designed to inspire communities to come together to honor the resilience of Filipinos today, while bidding a more hopeful and brighter future. Capitol Commons has set up a new unique installation that is not just Insta-worthy, but also functional as it addresses the needs of estate-goers for comfort and safety. The Lights at the Park will showcase six Christmas tree installations which represent the holiday celebration. These fixtures are adorned with bright lights that will illuminate the park. These installations double as benches providing seats for those who wish to comfortably enjoy the live music performed by local buskers. Parkgoers will also benefit from the benches as they dine on a wide variety of offerings from the estate’s weekend night market. The Holiday Market at the Park weekend night market will offer a selection of food choices from different cuisines. The night market is being held every Friday to Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9, 2022. Meanwhile, Ortigas East lights up the estate with a new installation — the Bamboo Forest, a pop-up display located at Silver City 1A that features light fixtures arranged to provide visitors feel as if they were in a bamboo forest. Accompanying the Bamboo Forest is a weekend night market within the Ortigas East. The market features different food selections. It is open Fridays to Sundays, 4 p.m. to midnight along Central Avenue, fronting Tiendesitas, until Jan. 9. For more information, visit Capitol Commons Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/capitolcommonsortigas/ and Ortigas East Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OrtigasEastOfficial/.

Concert format of Huling El Bimbo at RWM

ANG Muling El Bimbo, an all-new concert format of the popular musical Ang Huling El Bimbo, will be the first concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater stage after a quarantine-imposed 20-month hiatus. Live performance is coming back with Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) Full House Theater Company staging the concert on Dec. 10, 8 p.m. For inquiries about the Ang Muling El Bimbo AHEB Homecoming Concert contact Girah Manaligod (0917-872-8309), Neil Crisostomo (0917-658-9378), or King Feria (0917-823-9602). A video on demand version of the concert will be available via KTX.ph on Dec. 12, 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.rwmanila.com and follow @rwmanila and @newportmall on Facebook and Twitter, and @resortsworldmanila Instagram.

Netflix, Riot Games confirm second season of Arcane

NETFLIX and Riot Games have announced that there will be a second season of hit animated event series Arcane. “We’re beyond happy about the positive response to Arcane’s first season and are working hard with the creative wizards at Riot and Fortiche to deliver our second installment,” said Arcane co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee. Hailee Steinfeld (Vi), Ella Purnell (Jinx) and Katie Leung (Caitlyn Kiramman) will reprise their voice roles.

HBO drama series The Gilded Age debuts January

FROM Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, HBO’s The Gilded Age will debut at the same time as the US on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. exclusively on HBO GO and HBO, with a same day encore at 10 p.m. on HBO. HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell. Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path? Written by Fellowes and Sonja Warfield and directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, the nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast of Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski. Stream The Gilded Age from Jan. 25 on HBO GO.

Kylie Minogue’s new album Disco: Guest-list Edition out now

ON Nov. 12, Kylie Minogue released Disco: Guest-List Edition, via BMG. It features new collaborations, remixes and more. This new version of the album follows the barnstorming 2020 release of Disco, Ms. Minogue’s 8th UK No. 1 album, which saw her make chart history once more as the first female artist to have a UK No. 1 album in five consecutive decades. Disco: Guest-List Edition includes the track “Kiss of Life” with pop star Jessie Ware, recently released alongside the fashion-filled visual directed by Sophie Muller. Also in the album is the single “A Second to Midnight” with Years & Years, which was deemed “dazzling” by NME and a “delightful disco fever dream” by Rolling Stone. The release also includes new track “Can’t Stop Writing Songs About You” with disco legend Gloria Gaynor, plus remixes from Basement Jaxx, Purple Disco Machine and fan favorite “Real Groove (Studio 2054 Remix)” with Dua Lipa. Disco: Guest-List Edition is available in multiple formats, including digital CD and vinyl. Fans are able to experience last year’s Infinite Disco livestream performance again with the Disco: Guest-List Edition (Deluxe Limited) which is a three CD, one DVD, one Blu-ray set. This version also includes the 16 Disco (Deluxe) tracks, the new collaboration tracks, plus remixes. Further versions include a two-disc digital CD with the original 16 track Disco (Deluxe) album and a bonus disc with the new collaborations plus remixes. A triple gatefold vinyl format of the original 16 track Disco (Deluxe) album, plus the new collaborations and remixes are also available. Disco: Guest-List Edition can be streamed across all digital platforms now.

Adele’s new album, 30, now out

SINGER Adele’s latest album, 30, is now out. It was preceded by the release of several tracks including lead single “Easy On Me,” which has commandeered the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since it was released four weeks ago. The single has also broken streaming, radio and chart records around the world. Adele also premiered three additional songs, “I Drink Wine,” “Hold On,” and “Love Is A Game” during her recent Adele One Night Only TV special. The TV special was the most viewed entertainment program this year, drawing even a larger audience than The Oscars. Rolling Stone said “Adele has never sounded more ferocious” in their five-star review of the album. Variety described 30 as “a richer, more compelling collection that feels like her best.” The album is available at all physical and digital retailers globally. In addition, exclusive configurations will be available at select retailers in the US including a Target deluxe CD featuring three bonus tracks and a Walmart clear exclusive double vinyl. An Amazon white exclusive double vinyl will be available globally. The album and lead single will also be offered on cassette, exclusive to Adele’s D2C store while supplies last. The album is available on all digital platforms.

CCP holds children’s celebration

ANOTHER virtual edition of Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang Makasining is being held from Nov. 22 to 27. One hundred fifty children and their adult leaders representing various cultural communities all over the country will gathered for the six-day celebration of arts, culture and traditions. The project is done in celebration of National Children’s Month and National Indigenous Peoples’ Month by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) in partnership with the Integrated Performing Arts Guild Artists Resource Management and Marikina Culture and Arts Council. Now on its 12th year, Kutitap pursues its goals of instilling among the Filipino children and youth a sense of understanding, appreciation and pride for Philippine indigenous arts and culture. Kutitap will engage (virtually and on site)  will include sessions on indigenous food, games, folktales, music, dance, herbal medicine, film and crafts. This year’s participants are children ages seven to 13 from 15 cultural communities: Mindanao: Manobo-Agusan del Sur, Iranun-Labangan-Zamboanga del Sur, Tboli-Lake Sebu, & Higaonon-Bukidnon; Visayas: Cuartero & Sigma of Capiz, Murcia & Himamaylan of Negros Occidental; Luzon: Mauban-Quezon, Sorsogon, Marinduque, Tagaytay-Cavite; NCR: Tondo, Quezon City and Marikina. For more information, visit the CCP CED Facebook or e-mail ccp.ced2014@gmail.com.

K-drama Bad and Crazy on iQiyi

IQIYI is set to close 2021 with its original K-series Bad and Crazy. The show stars Lee Dong Wook and Wi Ha Jun. It follows capable but bad cop recovering his humanity after meeting the righteous but crazy “K.” The iQiyi Original K-series premieres on Dec. 17, with new episodes simulcasting with Korea on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:50 p.m. For more Asian content, users can log in for free or sign up for a subscription at the iQiyi app and www.iQ.com.

Tom Morello announces 2nd  album this year

FOLLOWING the October release of his critically acclaimed album, The Atlas Underground Fire, music icon and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello is set to release his latest project, a sister album entitled The Atlas Underground Flood. Mr. Morello has spoken at length in recent interviews that the collaborative process led to countless songs created during the pandemic, and a second album seemed almost inevitable. Featuring a slew of all-star collaborators including Nathaniel Rateliff, Jim James, IDLES, Ben Harper, Alex Lifeson, Kirk Hammett, X Ambassadors, Barns Courtney, Manchester Orchestra, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and more, Mr. Morello will continue to showcase his signature guitar-playing across these 12 new genre-bending tracks. Morello co-founder of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage — will release The Atlas Underground Flood on Dec. 3 via Mom + Pop Music. The record is available for pre-order now. To kick off the album launch, Mr. Morello released three new tracks: “Human” featuring Barns Courtney, “Hard Times” featuring Nathaniel Rateliff, Jim Jones, and Chipotle Joe ,and “Raising Hell” featuring Ben Harper.

Princess Velasco releases new single

A RELATIONSHIP that can weather every storm is every couple’s dream and promise to their significant other. For OPM singer Princess Velasco, this vow is immortalized in her latest single under GMA Music “Ang Ating Pag-ibig.” Written by her husband Mark Herbert Rosario in 2013 as a gift on their wedding day, Ms. Velasco felt that the message of the song is worth sharing with the world. “Ang Ating Pag-ibig” is now available on Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Music.

Jean Tan releases new single

SINGAPOREAN singer-songwriter Jean Tan has released her new single “When it’s Time.” The track features production by Singaporean music director and producer Evanturetime (Evan Low) and electric guitar by Leo Goh. The song is about the blossoming stages of a relationship. Ms. Tan is a singer-songwriter based in Singapore whose music is a blend of folk, R&B, blues, and jazz. Her last EP Hideaway (2017) was co-produced by Kevin Foo and et al. “When it’s Time” is available to stream on all music streaming platforms.