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CCP Arthouse Cinema April screenings
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) Arthouse Cinema presents Patriots and Earth Warriors, a collection of films and documentaries from Cinemalaya and Gawad Alternatibo, for its April offerings. The month-long film series put the spotlight on Filipino bravery, and the various environmental issues that the world is facing. Stream the curated film selection for free this month at the CCP Vimeo Channel. To watch the films, go to vimeo.com/ondemand/patriotsandearthwarriors and use the promo code WARRIORS. Film offerings from April 16 to 23 are Ana Agabin’s 24K and Nonilon Abao’s Dagami Daytoy. 24K takes a peek into the secret world of treasure hunting in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Dagami Daytoy puts the spotlight on the years of destruction to the rich, ancestral land, culture, and relationships in Nueva Vizcaya by a large-scale foreign mining company. For more information, follow and like the CCP Media Arts official Facebook page. Visit the CCP website at www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Coming soon on Netflix: an animated film, fantasy series
THE FANTASY series Shadow and Bone premieres on April 23 on Netflix. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is set in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free from the threat of the Shadow Fold. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li , Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, and Ben Barnes. Watch the trailer at www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1356298298053208. Meanwhile, Netflix will start showing Sony Pictures Animations’ The Mitchells Vs. The Machines on April 30. The animated film follows an ordinary family who find themselves saving the world from the robot apocalypse. It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams, eager to leave home and find “her people.” Her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last road trip. But then the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising. Directed by Mike Rianda, the film features the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman. Watch the trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od49DzfmWXQ.
Cast of Money Heist Korean adaptation announced
NETFLIX announced the cast of the Korean adaptation of its Spanish Original Series La casa de Papel (Money Heist). The Korean Original Series cast includes Yoo Ji-tae (The Swindlers, Money, Svaha: The Sixth Finger) as “the Professor,” and Kim Yunjin (Seven Days, Ode to My Father, Lost, Mistresses) as Seon Woojin, an inspector at Task Force Team. Directed by Kim Hong-sun, the Korean adaptation is set on the Korean peninsula, and will bring new life into the familiar storyline in 12 episodes. The Original Series centers around members of the gang recruited by the Professor, hostages, and Task Force Team tackling the heist. The Korean adaptation will launch globally as Netflix Original Series.
Strong women on HBO GO and HBO in April
WOMEN’S month is officially over but HBO GO offers more movies and shows with leading ladies who have a mind of their own and aren’t afraid to stand their ground on HBO GO and HBO. Made for Love stars Cristina Milioti in a comedy series that is a darkly absurd and cynically poignant story of love, divorce and technology. Three episodes premiered on April 1 exclusively on HBO GO followed by three episodes and two episodes on the subsequent two Thursdays. The classic Jane Austen novel Emma gets a remake headed by Anya Taylor-Joy, portraying the smart and wealthy Emma Woodhouse as she uses her wits and charm to match-make couples, resulting in romantic missteps. Emma will premiere on April 10, 9 p.m., on HBO GO and HBO. An alternate Victorian-era London is the setting for the upcoming HBO original series The Nevers which premieres April 12, 9 a.m., on HBO GO and HBO. A new episode premieres every subsequent Monday. In the show, a group of people known as the “Touched” are individuals — mostly women — who manifest a wide range of abnormal abilities, from charming to disturbing. Among them, Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor, emerge as champions of this new underclass. Kate Winslet stars as a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a murder while her life is falling apart in the upcoming HBO limited series The Mare of Easttown which will premiere on April 19, 10 a.m., exclusively on HBO GO and HBO with new episodes premiering every subsequent Monday. The HBO Max Original movie Superintelligence premieres on April 24, 9 p.m., exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. The mundane life of Carol Peters is turned upside down when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave. She thinks it’s all a complicated prank but the truth is she’s been selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence, with a plan to take over the world. Women shall rise against Gideon in the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale with three episodes premiering on April 29, 6 p.m., on HBO GO with new episodes premiering subsequently every Thursday. The Black Lady Sketch Show is back for a second season to bring in more dynamic entertainment this April 24, on HBO GO. This award-winning series of sketches celebrate the diverse experiences of African-American women, addressing stereotypes, challenges, insights and more. This season, Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend join the core cast members of Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black. Stream or download these movies and shows on HBO GO.
Tarsier Records launches new acts
ABS-CBN’s international-forward music label Tarsier Records is building up its artist roster by introducing new acts in its family through the campaign “Class of 2021.” The lineup announcement comes as the ABS-CBN Music label evolves from being the home of electronic dance music or EDM that catered to millennial-gen Z listeners in its first cycle to having a catalog shaped by its artists’ growth, the music they create, and the sound of today. The “Class of 2021” features top Filipino talent and original signees such as Iñigo Pascual, Kiana V, Sam Concepcion, Markus, Moophs, Subzylla, Edana, Kyler, YUZON, and Xela. Other familiar names who shape the label this year are KZ Tandingan and Bugoy Drilon, Chi and Gabs Gibbs of the musical duo GIBBS, former Boyband PH member Russell Reyes, TikTok viral content creator-singer-songwriter Zion Aguirre, and singer-songwriters SAB and Miguel Odron. Some up-and coming acts to watch out for are rapper Dotty (f.k.a. marc), R&B artists daze, Annette, and Gessie, Spotify Radar 2021 folk-gospel-neo-soul act allen&elle, Singapore-based Filipino artists Tonie Enriquez and Dave Anounuevo, Asian DJ-producers Arthur Tan and Kaiyo, indie artist Recio, and the youngest of the batch Ocean Crosby, a teenage guitar whiz and singer-songwriter. Learn more about Tarsier Records’ “Class of 2021” on its social media accounts @tarsierrecords and listen to the label’s official Spotify playlist at https://bit.ly/tarsierrecords.
‘Amatz’ featured in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
HIP HOP artist and rapper Shanti Dope’s single, “Amatz” (released in March 2019) was featured in the third episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+. The first season of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premiered on March 19. It is an American TV miniseries based on Marvel Comics characters Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier). Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes place after the events of the film Avengers Endgame (2019). The “Amatz” official music video can be seen on Universal Records YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugGJ3tzw7Rk) and streamed on all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.
R&B singer Gio Marlo releases debut single
NEWBIE singer-songwriter Gio Marlo enters the OPM scene with R&B and soulful tunes. Currently pursuing a degree in music production, Mr. Marlo has released his debut single “Akala,” about how the person you hope to love hurts you instead. Mr Marlo’s covers on TikTok include songs by the Eraserheads, Noel Cabangon, Ben & Ben, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber. “Akala” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records. Watch the lyric video at the Universal Records Philippines YouTube page (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlQB_urp-bo).
iWantTFC travel shows for summer
FROM beach trips, food crawls, island hopping, fun travel adventures to inspiring heart-to-heart talks, iWantTFC offers an array of original and Metro shows that will give viewers the total summer experience even when they are stuck at home. These free shows are now available on iWantTFC: Aja! Aja! Tayo sa Jeju, a tour of South Korea’s Jeju island along with hosts Robi Domingo, Kristel Fulgar, Shine Kuk, and Donny Pangilinan; Pia’s Postcards where Pia Wurtzbach journeys around local and foreign destinations; Wreck Hunters, dive deep into the ocean with hosts Wowie Ong and Ernie Lopez in this iWantTFC original docuseries; Beached with Marc Nelson, Maggie Wilson, and Rachel Peters who travel to breathtaking islands in the Philippines; Unlisted, Robi Domingo and Sue Ramirez take viewers to underrated tourist attractions and learn about Philippine history in this iWantTFC original docuseries; The Crawl, Edu Manzano and Margarita Fores search for good and exquisite food; Chasing Flavors, chef and columnist Claude Tayag discusses iconic Filipino dishes; Driven features Tricia Centenera interviewing strong-willed and independent women including Gina Lopez, Iza Calzado, social entrepreneur Kaye Tinga, and designers Zarah Juan and Patty Ang; Find the Wasabi in Nagoya, take a trip to Japan in the reality-game travelogue with Khalil Ramos, Singaporean singer-actor Daniel Sher, and Thai actor-model Tay Tawan. These shows can be viewed on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com.