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Entertainment News (02/15/22)

Willie Revillame leaves GMA for Villar-backed network

TV HOST Willie Revillame will be moving to the Villar-linked Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS) network. He confirmed the move during the final episode of his long-running TV variety show on GMA, Wowowin, on Friday. GMA said in a statement that Mr. Revillame’s contract with the network ends today, Feb. 15, and that the final broadcast of his show was on Feb. 11. “We Wish him good luck in his future endeavors,” the statement read. While his position with the new network is vague as of now — Mr. Villar told the TV host that they still lacked basic network infrastructure like transmitters and studios — he opted not to sign GMA’s new contract which had been on his desk for a month. According to Mr. Revillame, he was leaving GMA for “delicadeza” as it would not be right to continue having a show with GMA while making plans with a rival station. Mr. Revillame had been under contract with GMA for the last six years. Previous to that, he had worked on a series of shows under ABS-CBN since 1998, including Wowowee, a gameshow best remembered for a stampede which killed 73 people and injured 400 in 2006. The National Telecommunications Commission granted AMBS provisional authority to use what had been ABS-CBN’s digital Channel 16. ABS-CBN lost its broadcast frequencies last year when Congress refused to renew its franchise in 2020.

Muni-Muni Stories talks to Jadaone, Millare

IN EPISODE 7 of the 2nd season of Muni-Muni Stories, film director Antoinette Jadaone and singer-songwriter Armi Millar discuss the music of the 2019 film Alone/Together. The film follows two college sweethearts who reunite after breaking up eight years before. Now leading different lives, their reunion takes them back to their youthful dreams and reawakens feelings they had for each other. Reflecting on scenes shot in hospitals, universities, and museums, this podcast episode takes a deep dive into the song, “Kapit,” written and performed by Ms. Millare. She is joined by the film’s director, Ms. Jadaone, in conversation about the importance of holding on to personal truth in the face of change and uncertainty. Muni-Muni Stories, a podcast co-produced by Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and Podcast Network Asia, is exclusively available on Spotify. In its second season, the podcast has heavyweights in the film and music industries talk about official soundtracks in Pinoy movies.

PLDT Home releases music series

PLDT HOME this month releases a new musical anthology that celebrates the power of digital connections despite social distance. #SpeedthatMovesYou is a two-episode series narrating different kinds of love. It stars Gigi de Lana, Markus Paterson, and Kaori Oinuma. The mini-series is available online on the PLDT Home YouTube channel. The first episode, “The Duet,” is the story of a popular singer-songwriter struggling under the pressure to create successful music records, who finds solace in writing music for himself and posting it anonymously. He meets a young talented singer who also posts anonymously because of fear of the spotlight. The second episode, “The Confession,” is about Abbie, a college student/professional gamer/streamer who has amassed a considerable following online. Eager to gain her OFW mother’s approval, Abbie juggles her studies and her eSports, which she hides from her mother. The mini-series’ theme song, “Speed of Love,” performed by Gigi de Lana, Markus Paterson, and Kaori Oinuma and written by Jonathan Manalo, is available on Spotify.   

Jeremy G releases debut EP

SINGER Jeremy G shares his thoughts on romantic relationships in his debut extended play (EP) maybe forever. “We often think all romantic relationships reliably progress from the initial meet to infatuation, to a series of small trials, and finally to happily-ever-after. Love is a journey without a final destination,” the artist said in a statement. The EP includes tracks written, composed, and co-produced by the singer including the first single “someday,” along with “who knows,” “forever maybe,” and “sunflower.” The EP is available on various digital music platforms.

Angelina Cruz releases new single

POP singer Angelina Cruz has released her latest single, “Ayoko Lang,” which is about life after a breakup. Filipino-Canadian Ricky Tillo, Lady Gaga’s tour guitarist, performs on the song. Ms. Cruz debuted in the music scene in 2017 with her version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Her stripped-back cover of “Hanggang Kailan” by Orange & Lemons in 2018 now has over 10 million streams on Spotify. “Ayoko Lang” is available on digital streaming platforms under Universal Records.

Jurassic World Dominion in PH cinemas in June

CHRIS PRATT, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill return to the world of Jurassic Park with Jurassic World Dominion. The film takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures. The film features new cast members DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Dichen Lachman, Scott Haze, and Campbell Scott. Jurassic World Dominion is produced by franchise producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire, and Colin Trevorrow. Jurassic World Dominion premieres in Philippine cinemas in June. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/universalpicturesph.

The Adam Project on Netflix

DIRECTED by Shawn Levy, The Adam Project follows a time-traveling pilot who teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, Catherine Keener, and Zoe Saldaña. The Adam Project premieres on March 11.

New schedule for news magazine show

FROM GTV, the fast-paced news magazine program Dapat Alam Mo! now airs on GMA-7 on weekdays at 5:30 p.m. In the show, anchors Emil Sumangil, Patricia Tumulak, and Kuya Kim Atienza provide viewers with the news of the day and public service, as well as feel-good features and trivia. Launched last October on GTV, the GMA Public Affairs program has become one of the country’s top 20 news and public affairs programs based on Nielsen Philippines’ official data for 2021.

Uncharted premieres in PH on Feb. 23

COLUMBIA Pictures’s new videogame-based film, Uncharted follows the game’s characters Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Moviegoers will see how the two joined forces and how a young Nathan Drake became a famed treasure hunter. It is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Venom, Zombieland) and stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, and Mark Wahlberg as Sully. The film will be shown in the Philippines starting Feb. 23.