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Entertainment News (06/08/21)

Calvin Harris, Tom Grennan drop new single ‘By Your Side’

GRAMMY award winner Calvin Harris dropped his new single, “By Your Side,” featuring British pop musician Tom Grennan. Bedford-born musician Tom Grennan sings an electronic dance tune with lyrics on love and affection. “By Your Side” is available on all digital platforms worldwide via Columbia Records and Sony Music.

Films on the sea screened online for free

CLIMATE change, capitalism and marine extraction are among the issues to be tackled in SEA Media, a free screening of select international films and documentaries that present the ocean as a medium and reflection of the anxieties within the nationalistic boundaries of Southeast Asia. The films will be screened throughout June and July. They are: Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards (2001) by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, about  young men who work in teams as they propel cyclos across the ocean bottom (on view from June 7 to 13); Tungkung Langit (2012) by Kiri Dalena follows two orphans in the midst of the relief efforts in the typhoon-stricken Iligan City in Mindanao in 2011 (June 14 to 20); Letter to the Sea (2019) by Lim Sokchanlina presents the economic gap between two countries as Cambodian migrants flee to Thailand to serve as “cheap workforces” in agriculture and fisheries (June 21 to 27); Gilubong Ang Akong Pusod Sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea) (2021) by Martha Atienza provides a glimpse into the lives of Filipino seafarers who work on international vessels and the local fishermen in Madridejos, Cebu who inherited their livelihood from earlier generations (June 28 to July 3); and, Sea State 6: Phase 1 (2021) by Charles Yi Yong transports the viewers into Jurong Rock Caverns in Singapore, the first commercial underground facility of its kind for storage of liquid hydrocarbons in Southeast Asia (July 4 to 11). Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, SEA Media is curated by Toby Wu. The films may be viewed anytime within the screening period for free through www.vimeo.com/mcadmanila.

Tondo docu starts streaming

JEWEL Maranan’s Tondo documentary Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (In the Claws of a Century Wanting) launched its official website (http://clawsofacenturywanting.com/) and started streaming on Vimeo on Demand this weekend. The website, developed with help from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), discusses the making of the documentary and offers references on the Philippines’ urban poor situation and housing problem. This weekend, the film started streaming through Maranan’s production company Cinema Is Incomplete. Film renting is set at $4 (about P190) which gives viewers a one-week window to watch the documentary. For audiences who wish to watch the film but cannot afford the price, access codes can be made available upon request. Through the code, the audience can view the film for free on Vimeo on Demand for a limited time. Details are available on the Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang official website. The documentary is also streaming on GuideDoc TV, a platform for award-winning documentaries that have screened in major international film festivals; and on Cinema Centenario’s MOOV, an online viewing platform for Filipino and Asian films. Set in Tondo, Manila, the documentary features the lives of four migrant families living in the seams of the city’s largest international port. The film was awarded Best Documentary at the 42nd Gawad Urian, bagged the Best Picture and Best Cinematography awards from the Young Critics Circle in 2019, won Best Documentary and Best Director at the 16th Mindanao Film Festival, and won Best Human Rights Documentary at the 6th Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires and Best International Feature at the 16th Film Festival Dokumenter Jogjakarta.

Cinemalaya 2021 announces short films finalists

THE CINEMALAYA Philippine Independent Film Festival has announced the 13 finalists who will compete in the Short Film Category. The finalists are: Kids On Fire by Kyle Nieva; Maski Papano by Che Tagyamon and Glenn Barit; Beauty Queen by Myra Aquino; An Sadit na Planeta by Arjanmar H. Rebeta; Crossing by Marc Misa; Kawatan Sa Salog by Ralph John Velasco; Looking For Rafflesias and Other Fleeting Things by James Fajardo; Out of Body by Enrico Po; The Dust in Your Place by David Olson; Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa by Kevin Jay Ayson; Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi by Shiri Francesca D. De Leon; Ate OG by Kevin Mayuga; and Namnama en Lolang (Grandmother’s Hope) by Jonnie Lyn Dasalla. Because of the continuing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation, the country’s biggest independent film festival will have its second online edition this year.  On its 17th year, Cinemalaya will focus on Short Films in Competition, Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, exhibitions under the Visions of Asia, Documentary and Premiere section. There are also masterclasses offered by the Cinemalaya Institute. Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cinemalaya 2021 will have a month-long run starting Aug. 6.

Special episode of Netflix’s Kingdom

Netflix’s special episode, “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,” will expand the horizons of the Kingdom series. The special episode reveals the origins of the resurrection plant that triggered the avalanche of tragic events in the series. The recently released trailer begins with young Ashin holding a torch and entering a dark cave where she discovers strange markings on a rock along with the mysterious resurrection plant. The accompanying copy reads, “to revive the dead, a price must be paid.” Thus begins the backstory of the epidemic that is a central focus in the series. Directed by Kim Seong-hun, “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” was written by Kim Eun-hee, who also wrote the two seasons of Kingdom. It stars Gianna Jun, Park Byung-eun, and Kim Sia. An expanded backstory of how it all began, Kingdom: Ashin of the North, will be released on July 23.

John Mayer returns with new single

John Mayer is back with a new single, “Last Train Home.” Embracing the retro-pop sound merging with soft rock, the song carries Mr. Mayer’s signature guitar riffs. Upon its release, Billboard praised the track for its “slick rock production with an ‘80s polish.” The Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and producer will also release his eighth full-length album, Sob Rock, on July 16. “Last Train Home” is available on all digital platforms worldwide via Columbia Records/Sony Music. For more information, check Johnmayer.com and Sobrock.net.

Christian music group releases new song

The Grammy Award-winning and multi-RIAA Platinum-selling Christian music group Casting Crowns released a new song, “Scars in Heaven,” last Friday on the band’s YouTube channel. “Scars in Heaven” is the first single out from the group’s forthcoming new studio album, which will be released in November. Co-written by frontman Mark Hall and Matthew West, Hall began writing the stirring ballad while watching his mom care for her parents as they passed away. The group’s last studio album, Only Jesus, was released in 2018, garnering the group their newest RIAA Gold Certifications for their No. 1 singles “Only Jesus” and “Nobody.” This album also produced two No. 1 radio singles, including the group’s 15th career No. 1 radio single, a GRAMMY nomination, a 2019 Dove Award, two 2020 Dove Award nominations, and two Billboard Music Awards nominations for Top Christian Album and Top Christian Song (“Nobody”).

New HBO Asia original series premieres

Premiering with two back-to-back episodes every Sunday at 9 p.m. starting June 13 on HBO GO and HBO, brand-new HBO Asia Original Taiwan series, Trinity of Shadows, follows a murder investigation that leads righteous detective Tze-Wei, an up-and-coming public official Chi-Hsiao, and rookie policeman Chia-Hao into the dark labyrinth of a power play. As the trio close in on the truth, they are inextricably intertwined and forced to confront their demons linked to a cold case from three years ago. The 15-episode series stars an award-winning trio of Taiwanese actors Kaiser Chuang (The Road Home, Maverick), Sandrine Pinna (Yang Yang, Touch of the Light) and Liu Kuan-Ting (A Boy Named Flora A, A Sun).