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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.
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Aug 14, 2022

 







































LOU VELOSO, MARLO MORTEL & DIRECTOR JOVEN PRIME AT THE LAUNCH OF AQ PRIME


DIRECTOR JOVEN TAN is happy to do his first movie for the new streaming platform AQ Prime. 


This is a horror flick entitled “Huling Lamay”. Joven has done many horror flicks before like “Hellphone”, “Otlum”, “Bahay ni Lola” and “Dalaw” but he says “Huling Lamay” is his most terrifying movie of them all.


“Huling Lamay” stars Marlo Mortel and Buboy Villar as Ben and Lucas, cousins who return home to their province for the wake and funeral of their grandmother. 


It’s their way of paying their last respects to her. But little did they know that horrifying things wait for them in their Lola’s “Huling Lamay”. 


“Susubukin ng mga mangyayari sa kanila ang kanilang tapang, pananampalataya at tiwala sa isa’t isa,” says Direk Joven. 


“May dalang takot at hilakbot ang buong movie so lahat ng mahilig sa horror films, don’t miss this. Kasama rin dito sina Lou Veloso, Mira Aquino, Waki Cacho and Aldwin Alegre.”


You can now watch “Huling Lamay” on AQ Prime, available on Google and Apple Stores. 


Apparently, AQ Prime execs are very pleased with the work of Direk Joven as they have just assigned him to direct another movie for them. 


Direk Joven is really so busy as he is also making movies for another new streaming platform, Juanetworx, that was launched recently.


“Okay naman sa kanila for me to direct movies for both of them, so walang problema,” he says. 


It seems his star in “Huling Lamay”, Marlo Mortel, is one of his favorites as Marlo has made several movies for him, like “Petmalu”, “Suarez, The Healing Priest”, “Ayuda Babes”, “Damaso” and “Santigwar”. 


“Madali kasing katrabaho si Marlo,” says Joven. “He acts well and he also sings well as he showed in ‘Damaso’, a musical.”


Marlo was the original ka-love team of Janella Salvador in ‘Be Careful with My Heart’. But in real life, Janella fell in love with Markus Paterson and they now have a baby. 


The latest story is that she and Markus have already parted ways. When asked about this, Marlo refused to make any comment. 


“Wala naman po akong kinalaman dyan,” he says. “Basta I wish them well. Yun lang.”

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‘LOLONG’ is starting its Book 2 and Thea Tolentino is among the new set of stars joining the cast playing the important role of Celia. 


“It’s great to be part of a hit primetime show like ‘Lolong’ kasi laging ang taas-taas ng ratings nito,” she says. 


“As Celia, I am a member of the Atubaw tribe. Yung mga miembro ng lahi namin, we have lived with crocodiles at may power po kami na kapag nasusugatan, gumagaling agad anumang nasugatang part ng katawan namin.”


In the story, Thea as Celia is the wife of Vin Abrenica who plays Diego, also an Atubaw.  


“Si Diego po ang long lost lover ni Arra San Agustin as Bella, yung vlogger na napadpad sa lugar namin, ang Tumahan,” adds Thea. 


“At yun, magkikita sila uli ni Diego. Abangan nyo po ang reaction ni Arra kapag nalaman niyang mag-asawa na pala kami ni Diego. 


"I will get pregnant at yung magiging anak ko, magiging importanteng part din po ng story.” 


Vin Abrenica as Diego is the leader of the Atubaws. This is his first show with GMA after doing shows with TV5 and ABS-CBN. 


Their tribe was decimated because of the treachery of Governor Banson, played by Christopher de Leon, his abusive wife, Jean de Garcia and their arrogant son, played by Paul Salas. 


The remaining Atubaws, as led by Vin, now want to take revenge on the Bansons and their henchmen. 


“As Diego, nasaksihan ko ang lahat ng pang-aapi ng mga Banson sa mga Atubaw kaya malalim ang pinagmumulan ng galit ko sa kanila,” says Vin. 


“Si Ruru Madrid as Lolong, isa ring Atubaw, pero hindi ko pa alam kung magiging kasangga ko siya o kalaban ko ba. Abangan nyo na lang po.”


More new cast members will join “Lolong”, like Alma Concepcion as Ines, the sister of Leandro Baldemor as Raul. 


“As Ines, bale tiyahin ako ni Lolong,” says Alma. 


“May kakulangan ako sa pag-iisip, but ako ang may hawak sa isang malaking lihim sa story.  Hindi pa alam ni Lolong ang tungkol sa tribo ng mga Atubaw. 


"Ako yung magiging dahilan para magkaroon siya uli ng koneksiyon sa aming tribe na siyang pinag-ugatan niya. Dahil sa akin, mare-rediscover niya ang taglay na kapangyarihan ng mga Atubaw.”


Another addition to the cast is Rafael Rosell, who will play the role of a parish priest assigned to Tumahan. 


“My character, Father Reyes, is newly assigned to Tumahan and will try to protect its citizens from their oppressors, the Bansons,” he says. 


“Pantay ang tingin ni Father Reyes sa lahat ng mga nilikha na binigyan ng Diyos ng buhay, puno man yan o hayop o insekto o tao, Atubaw man o hindi. Maiipit ako sa giyera between the Atubaws and the Bansons.”


Also added into the cast is Lucho Ayala as Victor, a friend of Abet as DJ Durano, one of the elders in Tumahan. 


“I will be involved in the war between the Atubaws and the Bansons,” he says. 


“Tutulong ako kay Lolong sa mga panganib na kanyang pagdaraanan but may malaking twist doon sa character ko na dapat nyong abangan.”



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Aug 13, 2022












































‘PURPLE HEARTS’ is a romantic-drama on Netflix told with many songs since the lead female character, Cassie (Sofia Carson, the lovely Latina actress in “Songbird”, “Pretty Little Liars”) is an aspiring singer-singwriter who is the lead vocalist of a band. 

She has meagre income, money is tight and she can hardly make both ends meet. 

She needs to have a steady of supply of insulin as she is suffering from Type 1 diabetes. She also works as a bartender in the club where she sings.

Luke (Nicholas Galitzine, Prince Charming in last year’s version of “Cinderella”) is a Marine trainee who will soon be sent to serve in Iraq. 

One night, he and his Marine friends goes to the bar where Cassie works and tries to hit on her but she rejects him. 

But Cassie is so happy to see an old friend, Frankie (Chosen Jacobs), who’s Luke’s bunkmate as a marine. 

Since she is so hard up, Cassie asks Frankie to marry her as the wife of a marine will get many financial benefits, including medical insurance that will help her get a steady supply of insulin. 

Frankie turns her down since he has his own sweetheart who he plans to marry. 

Luke hears what Cassie is proposing to Frankie and tells her such a fake marriage is illegal and can put them both to prison. 

But it turns out Luke himself is having financial problems of his own. He is a reformed drug addict and he owes $15,000 to his former drug dealer who is now threatening to harm his family if he doesn’t pay up.

He then proposes to Cassie for them to get married to solve their money problems. 

It will be a marriage of convenience and they can get a divorce later.  Meantime, they have to pretend that they are really husband and wife so that authorities won’t suspect that they just had a fake marriage.

The problem is that they are so different from each other, even their beliefs and values. 

At the start, they clash frequently, but Luke tells Cassie there are better ways of handling disagreements than just constantly arguing with each other. 

They exchange e-mails and video calls and Cassie get to compose a song for Luke and his fellow Marines, “Come Back Home”, that really buoys up their spirits.

The song goes viral and Cassie’s singing and songwriter career gets a big boost. 

But complications occur when Luke gets injured in Iraq and has to be sent home because his leg was almost amputated. 

Cassie has to take care of Luke, now wheelchair bound, in her own apartment to keep up appearances that they are really husband and wife.

They are faced with more problems and, for a while, you’d think their case is hopeless. But we all know where romantic stories like this eventually go. 

What carries the film is the fact that Carson and Galitzine have pretty believable romantic chemistry.

 Their moments together while conversing, bickering, making up, all make for an engaging watch. 

Carson, a Latina who’s really a good singer, gives her best in both the dramatic and musical scenes. 

Her songs help in giving more insight into the dynamics of their relationship. 

Galitzine, a British actor, proves himself to be a decent romantic lead. 

The storytelling can be quite manipulative at times to make us feel sentimental, but we don’t really mind because the lead actors make it all credible, with the help of their devoted dog, Peaches. 

It appears that all the odds are stacked against them, but they really do care and love each other and that help in overcoming all the adversities they get to face. 

In the end, Luke and Cassie are able to help each other to become the best version of themselves.
















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KYLIE PADILLA is feeling sad that her comeback soap, “Bolera”, is ending next week on August 26 (to be replaced by the romantic drama, “What We Could Be”), but she’s so thankful that viewers supported it all throughout its entire run and the nightly ratings are always very high.


“Salamat po sa lahat ng nanonood sa ‘Bolera’,” she says. 


“Three years din akong napahinga sa pag-arte and this turned out to be the perfect comeback vehicle for me. 


"The viewers just loved my character, si Joni, at ako naman, I really prepared for her, lalo na yung scenes na nakikipag-compete siya in the game of billiards.”


She reads the comments of netizens about the show and they’re all very positive. 


“Utang namin kay Direk Dominic Zapata ang magaling na pagkakalatag ng buong story ni Joni at lahat ng iba pang characters. 


"I also want to thank all my co-stars, lalo na si Tita Jaclyn Jose as my mother, my leading men Rayver Cruz and Jak Roberto na parehong napakagaling and very supportive. 


"Also, sina Tito Joey Marquez, Gardo Versoza at yung mga guest stars na nakalaban ko, like Klea Pineda and Ina Raymundo. They all contributed well sa ikagaganda ng show.”


She says they all had a great time working together during the show’s taping. 


“We became quite attached to each other kasi nga lock in kami sa Pampanga. When our taping ended, I was heartbroken. It was hard to say goodbye to all the people I’ve worked with. 


"Not lang the cast members but all the staff and crew. But I’m so happy that we had a successful run on the air. 


"It was worth all the hirap at pagod we experienced during our lock in taping while away from our respective families.”


So what’s next for her? “Bolera” is such a big hit that it would be quite a tough act to follow. 


“Yes, naiiba kasi siyang vehicle. About sports, na babae ang bida. There are some projects now being considered, so we’ll see what the future has in store for me.  


"Basta as of now, huwag kayong bibitaw sa nalalabing huling episodes ng ‘Bolera’ dahil marami pang mga pasabog na mangyayari. Higit sa lahat, masasagot ang tanong ng maraming viewers. 


"Kanino ba mapupunta si Joni sa ending: kay Rayver as Miguel or kay Jak as the patient and ever supportive Toypits? I promise you that it will be an exciting last few episodes, so don’t miss them.”


Her ex-husband, Aljur Abrenica, is currently being linked to Vivamax sexy star AJ Raval, who’s rumored to be pregnant. 


Some quarters say Kylie might file concubinage against her husband since they’re still legally married. 


“There is no issue at all about this,” she says. 


“We’ve mutually agreed noon pa that we can date other people, so stop dragging my name into this. 


"My priority now is our two sons and I’m just happy and thankful na nakabalik ako sa aking acting career.”

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Aug 12, 2022

 



























GARRETT BOLDEN didn’t win “The Clash Season 1”, but he now has a more successful career than the winner, Golden Canedo, who has faded away. 


Dubbed as the Kapuso Soul Balladeer, his career got a big boost when he was tapped to play a big supporting role in the production of “Miss Saigon” in Guam.


“I will play John Thomas, the best friend of the leading man, Chris Scott, during the Vietnam War,” he says. 


“This is an unexpected surprise kasi I didn’t even plan to audition. A friend just informed na may audition at magpadala raw ako ng audition video. 


"I sang ‘Bui Doi’, the opening song in the second act. Bui Doi means dust of life and refers to the illegitimate kids of American soldiers that were abandoned at the end of the Vietnam war.”


He says he’s not familiar with the song. 


“First time ko to hear it so sa audition, I was reading the lyrics while I was singing. 


"I was able to relate kasi ako mismo, anak ng isang American member ng U.S. Navy and I was really looking for my dad. 


"I was supposed to go visit him in the States noong 2020, kaso nagka-pandemic kaya hindi ako nakabiyahe. And last year, he passed away kaya hindi na kami nagkita.”  


He was surprised when the Miss Saigon people got back to him and auditioned him again. 


“Siguro po, naibigay ko yung feelings ng song kasi I really felt the lyrics, kaya ayun, sinali pa rin nila ako sa next stage ng audition and I was surprised when they told me na ako nga ang nakuha and could I join them daw sa Guam to perform with them.”  


Of course, he feels nervous about it. 


“Dream ko talaga to try theatre kasi I did plays in high school. Pero siempre, ibang level ito. 


"International audience ang manonood sa amin. As a singer, I know that it will help me grow in my craft and I will learn my more new things to further cultivate my career.”


He got precious advice from Aicelle Santos with whom he appears in ”All Out Sundays”. A


icelle played the big role of Gigi in London. 


“She shared with me her own experiences as part of Miss Saigon. Theatre is not just singing but also acting and may dancing pa. 


"So I have to prepare for all that. She told me what to expect, what to prepare and learn even before the actual rehearsals. 


"Mga kaalamang lubhang napakahalaga. Ako naman, I’m always willing to study and learn.”


Garrett is now in Guam for the rehearsals. The show will start playing on the first week of September. 


So, the fans of Garrett will miss his weekly performance in “All Out Sundays” while he is playing the role of John Thomas in “Miss Saigon” in Guam.


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IS AJ RAVAL pregnant? 


The answer is yes. 


But it’s only in her new movie, “Sitio Diablo”, where her character, Aina, is impregnated by her leading man, Kiko Estrada. 


“‘Sitio Diablo’ is a hard action movie at nagpapasalamat po ako sa Viva na binigyan ako ng ganitong project dahil noon ko pa pinapangarap na makagawa ng action movie,” she says. 


“Ako mismo ang gumawa ng action scenes ko at fight routines dito. Hindi po ako nagpa-double kasi I really want to prove na kaya kong mag-action.”


It seems what she wants to prove is that the rumor that she’s pregnant is simply not true, for she cannot do the fight stunts she did in the movie herself if she were really infanticipating. 


“No, hindi ko naman po ginawa ito para lang sa mga naninira sa akin. Nagsisimula pa lang ako sa showbiz, yun na talaga ang dream ko at ngayon, heto, natupad na ang pangarap ko.”


Director Roman Perez Jr. says AJ really studied how to do action for her role. 


“She really prepared for this project. Nag-aral siya ng stunts, barilan, bakbakan at ng knife fighting. 


"Ang galing na niyang humawak ng balisong. Nakaka-proud siya kasi ang daming stunts, may scenes na ang dami niyang mga kalaban, pero lahat, kinaya niya.”


What’s the most challenging scene for AJ? 


“Actually, hindi po yung action scenes kundi yung love scene namin ni Kiko Estrada. First time ko siyang nakatrabaho at first time din siyang nakipag-love scene, so hindi pa siya sanay. 


"Inabot sa point na napaso ako ng sigarilyo. Nasaktan din at nagkaroon ng mga pasa sa katawan. But it’s worth it kasi maganda naman lumabas sa screen ang eksena.”


The movie was shot on location in actual slum areas at the Smokey Mountain and the Baseco Compound in Tondo. 


“Ang hirap po sa crowd control kasi ang daming taong nanonood sa shooting,” says AJ.


“Siguro, mga dalawanlibong tao ang nagmiron sa amin," adds Direk Roman. "May mga batang nakahubo’t hubad, mga basurero, iba-ibang klaseng tao. Lahat sila, sabik makita si AJ.”


 “Sitio DIablo” is a Vivamax Original Movie about gang wars, inspired by Peque Gallaga’s “Gangland”. 


AJ as Aina grew up in a family of gang leaders and is no stranger to dealing with drugs, robbery, illegal firearms, and even murder. 


She is deeply influenced by her late father and her imprisoned brother, Tonix (Benz Sangalang), who were the leaders of the notorious gang known as Los Hijos Diablos.


After Tonix is jailed, Los Hijos Diablos loses its members, paving the way for other gangs to flourish, like the Illustrado, led by Bullet (Kiko Estrada). 


Aina falls for him and together, they become the king and queen of Sitio Diablo.


But their reign soon faces trouble when Tonix is freed from jail and wants to reclaim his throne as Sitio Diablo’s most notorious gang leader. 


This will lead to a gang war that is to be the most brutal and bloodiest battle in Sitio Diablo.


The movie also stars talented hiphop artists like Pio Balbuena, Cean Jr., Ace Raval, Just Hush and Because. 


"Sitio Diablo" premieres exclusively on Vivamax this August 26, 2022.


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Aug 11, 2022

 































POPS FERNANDEZ says she’s very happy for Zia Quizon, the daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla and the late Dolphy who was on with her eldest son, Robin Nievera, for quite a long time. 


Zia got married last month in Nis, Serbia. The name of her husband is Aleksa Rahul.  How did she feel about this?  


“I am very happy for Zia,” she says at the face to face presscon of her coming concert, “Four Kings and a Queen”. 


“When I learned that she and Robin parted, I felt sad. Mabait si Zia. But they both have their own reasons. 


"Ang importante, friends pa rin sila. Robin is still very much in touch with her. I wish her all the best on her wedding.”


“Four Kings and a Queen” was first held successfully as a concert tour of four cities in the U.S. last May and June. 


Due to a clamor for it to be also staged locally, it will now be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila on August 26 and 27, in partnership with DSL Events, Dreamwings Production of Ms. Flor Santos and Ms. Cora de Guzman. 


We ask Pops and Hitmakers Hajji Alejandro, Nonoy Zuniga, Marco Sison and Rey Valera how their concert did in the U.S.


“It was very well received in all cities,”says Hajji. “Laging sold out. Kaya lang, in Las Vegas, biglang nagka-covid kami ni Nonoy. 


"Yung iba, hindi naman. So we had to quarantine ourselves for five days and the concert was postponed. 


"Pero very mild case lang naman. We were okay after a week at tinuloy namin ang show. 


"Akala nga namin, nabawasan ang viewers, but hindi, it’s still a full house.” 


It’s the first time for them to have Pops as part of their act. How is it working with her? 


“Si Pops, first time namin nakilala nang husto at masarap pala siyang kasama,” says Nonoy. “She’s very down to earth. Hindi feeling diva. Walang kayabangan at all.”   


“We discovered na bukod sa napakaganda niya, komedyante pala siya,” says Marco. “She has a good sense of humor. Out of the blue, biglang nagpapatawa.”  


“She is a professional in every sense of the word,” says Hajji. “Napakadaling katrabaho. Sa show, laging siya ang nauunang dumating sa aming lahat.”  


“At first, ang impression ko sa kanya, suplada siya,” says Rey. 


“But when you’re traveling together, mas makikilala mo ang isang tao at ang tunay niyang ugali. Si Pops, mahaba ang pasensiya at magaling makisama. We all enjoyed working with her.”  


And what can Pops say about each of her male colleagues? 


“Nasanay na ako sa kabastusan nila,” she says. “Joke lang. Pero lahat ng jokes nila, bentang-benta talaga sa audience. 


"Sa kanila, si Hajji ang lider-lideran namin. Very strict siya about our number kasi may time constraints in casinos na kailangan two hours lang ang show. 


"Si Nonoy, kalmado lagi. Kahit na-covid na, kalmado pa rin.  


"Si Marco, click na click sa mga chicks. Sinusundan talaga siya ng fans niya with matching halik. 


"Si Rey, sobrang quiet. Akala ko rin, suplado siya, pero hindi pala. I had fun working with all of them.”


So will their Manila show be an exact copy of their U.S. concerts?  


“No, may dinagdag kami at may binawas,” says Hajji. “We will include the best parts of our U.S. shows then we have production numbers like the opening and the closing na magkakasama kami lahat. 


"There’s also a number where we sing songs na pinag-aagawan namin si Pops.” 


“Of course, dapat abangan yung aming banter,” says Rey. “Yung laitan portion na done in clean fun kaya walang pikunan. 


"Sabi nga ng isang nanood sa amin, we’re funny because we’re politically incorrect. Wala kaming pakialam kahit ma-bash kami kasi that’s our brand of humor and we’re not going to tame it.” 


Producer Flor Santos of Dreamwings says she’s hoping “Four Kings & a Queen” will show local audiences that everything is okay now in live entertainment viewing. 


“Matagal nang walang nagko-concert ng ganito so with this, we also hope to show other producers na buhay na uli ang concert scene,” she adds. 


“You can now get your tickets at Ticketworld and SM Tickets. We guarantee you a great night of fun and entertainment.”

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‘THE GRAY MAN’ is the kind of action flick that critics love to tear to pieces but which ordinary viewers get to appreciate and enjoy more. 


It is based on a series of novels written by Mark Greaney, a former collaborator of Tom Clancy, and this is the first novel published in 2009. 


The movie opens with CIA officer Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton) meeting a prisoner, Courtland Gentry (Ryan Gosling), who is jailed when he was still a minor for killing his abusive dad to protect his younger brother. 


Donald says he can obtain Courtland’s freedom if he’d work with the CIA as a secret assassin in its Sierra program. 


Eight years later, Courtland is now known as Sierra 6, a dependable assassin who takes out the world’s bad guys. 


He is assigned to kill someone with the  help of a female CIA agent, Dani Miranda (Anna de Armas). 


He succeeds in shooting his target but his victim tells him that he is also a CIA agent known as Sierra 4. 


Before dying, he gives to 6 a USB flash drive containing evidence against corrupt CIA officer Denny Carmichael (Rege Jean Page). 


6 refuses to surrender the USB to Denny, who then orders a former CIA agent, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), now a hired mercenary with psychopathic tendencies, to hunt down 6 and get the USB at all cost. 


What follows is a cat-and-mouse game with Hansen and his men trying to kill 6 while he’s on the run. 


To track him down, they kidnap his former handler, Fitzroy, who they know is close to 6. When Fitzroy refuses to cooperate, they abduct his frail niece, Claire (Julia Butters), who’s afflicted with a heart problem. 


Denny also orders his assistant, Suzanne Brewer (Jessica Henwick) to help Hansen apprehend 6. 


Suzanne quickly realizes that Hansen, who was fired by the CIA for his lack of ethics, is a sadistic nutcase who just loves brutality.


Hansen has taken Claire to his base in Croatia and 6 follows them there to rescue Claire. 


Earlier, he has sent the USB to former CIA chief in the U.K., Margaret Cahill (Alfre Woodard), in Prague. 


The film’s climax occurs in Hansen’s HQ in Croatia where he and 6 finally get to confront each other face to face. 


“The Gray Man” is directed by the Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joseph, who did four Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks, including the last one, “Avengers: Endgame”, one of the highest-grossing films of all time. 


It cost them $200 million to do “The Gray Man”, a globe-trotting actioner that takes us to Bangkok, to Berlin, to Prague. 


We don’t know if Netflix could recover its huge investment considering this was quickly shown on their streaming platform, which is too bad since this big-budget spy thriller has many slambang spectacular action set pieces ala-Michael Bay that are best seen on the big screen. 


If you enjoy watching action flicks that have plenty of shootouts and mayhem, you’ll enjoy “The Gray Man”. 


It has enough frenetic energy to hold your attention for about two hours. 


One of the best sequences is set in Berlin when German cops capture 6 and handcuffs him to a park bench in the middle of a plaza. 


Several vehicles with heavily armed thugs attack and shoot it out with the cops to get 6, who is unarmed. How Ryan Gosling reacts to all the action around him while his movement is so limited is quite thrilling. 


He eventually manages to extricate himself and escape, hiding in a running tram. 


The next level of action happens while he is inside the tram and goons continue to attack him and he has to face them in hand-to-hand combat. 


A truck with a rocket launcher then appears to bomb them out.  But the spunky Anna de Armas also appears driving a sports car to help rescue 6. This entire sequence is truly stylish and excitingly conceived and realized on screen.  


Gosling’s character is relatable as he is a killer with a heart of gold. 


A flashback gives the film some heart and emotional heft as it shows how he becomes invested into Thornton’s niece and why he is so intent in saving her from Hansen. 


A shorter series of flashbacks show parental abuse, how Six and his brother were routinely punished by their ruthless father.  


Gosling does well as the hero but we can’t help but think that Chris Evans would be better in his role and he’d be more effective as Hansen. 


Evans is obviously having a blast playing his annoying flamboyant douchebag role and he’s very good, but we still feel that Captain America is better off as the hero than being the obnoxious villain. 


A sure stand out here is Anna de Armas, who’s the busiest Latina actress working in Hollywood today. 


He nearly stole “No Time to Die” from Daniel Craig as the agent Paloma. “The Gray Man” is a reunion of sorts for her and Evans with whom she worked in “Knives Out” and with Gosling after they did “Blade Runner 2049”. 


We think she now deserves to be given her own starring vehicle. As for Rege-Jean Page, we don’t know why he accepted his villain role here when he made so much of an impact as the romantic leading man in “Bridgerton”. 

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Aug 10, 2022

 











































                                                    CHLOE JENNA IN 'LAMPAS LANGIT'




                                                MILANA IKEMOTO IN 'LAMPAS-LANGIT'








VIVAMAX ALREADY has a stable full of nubile nymphets who are just to willing bare on cam, but it seems they’re not enough as two more new sexpots are now being introduced in Vivamax’ latest erotic thriller, “Lampas Langit”, directed by Jeffrey Hidalgo. 


These are Chloe Jenna and Milana Ikemoto, both very willing and able.


In the movie, Chloe plays Mylene, the wife of Baron Geisler as Jake. She gets the surprise of her life when she finds out Baron is having an affair with their neighbor, Christine Bermas as Belle. So how was she discovered by Viva?


“Our director and I have the same manager, Lou Gopez,” she says. “I first appeared in a short role in ‘Eva’, also directed by Direk Jeffrey. 


"Now, mas mahaba na ang role ko rito sa ‘Lampas-Langit’. Noon ko pa gusto mag-artista, but my parents requested na tapusin ko muna ang college studies ko, so I appeared in commercials lang muna. 


"I graduated during the pandemic and I’m glad that I listened to my parents kasi worth it naman yung paghihintay ko. 


"Sa ngayon kasi, mas handang-handa na ako. I’m so prepared to do any kind of role. I was a theater arts major sa UP Diliman. So I started with theatre.”


Didn’t she have any reluctance to do sexy scenes in “Lampas Langit”? 


“This is my first time na sumalang ako sa bedscenes and I’m glad Direk Jeffrey is parang Kuya ko na. I appreciate him kasi we can collaborate. 


"When I have ideas about a scene, I can talk to him about it. May guidance niya talaga at nakatutok siya sa akin. 


'Pinasok ko ito, so I’m just excited sa opportunities na darating sa akin and I’m willing to take any challenge.” 


What’s her most demanding scene in the movie? 


“Actually, it’s not the bedscene with Baron but with Christine Bermas. First time ko to kiss another woman. 


'Pareho kaming nahirapan but ako, I tried to internalize it. Inisip ko na lang na si Christine talaga ang crush ko at nagawa naman namin.”


Milana Ikemoto is a Japinoy, having a Pinay mother and a Japanese father. 


She met a Viva hot babe who brought her to Viva and she’s glad that they got her to do movies with them. 


Didn’t she have any reluctance in going sexy?


“First time ko magpa-sexy at inisip ko na lang na kung kaya ng ibang artista, e di kaya ko rin,” she says.


What is the reaction of her parents about her going sexy? 


“Hiwalay na sila, e. I’m with my mom and supportive naman siya kahit magpa-sexy ako. E, dati wala akong ginagawa, tambay lang ako sa bahay. 


"Bale introductory role pa lang ito kasi first movie ko. It’s a short role. But I enjoyed it kasi okay si Direk Jeffrey at masaya kami sa set.”


What does she think is her edge over the other Vivamax beauties?  


“I don’t compete with anyone, kasi I believe we all have our own potential. 


"I’m ready to accept any role na ibibigay nila sa akin and I just promise to always do my best.” 


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NATHALIE HART is now officially engaged to her non-showbiz fiance, Brad Robert.  


It will be recalled that Nathalie previously almost married the dad of her love child, an Indian businessman named Mayank Sharma who she met in Mumbay when she studied gemology there for her jewelry business. 


But the wedding didn’t push through after she gave birth to their daughter, Penelope, in Australia in 2019. 


She came back home to Manila and put up another business, her own brand of high quality skin preparations like soaps and body wash called Gayatree Organics. 


Nathalie was discovered when she joined Starstruck 5 in 2010 using her real name, Princess Snell. 


In that batch, Sarah Lahbati and Steven Silva emerge as the winners.


But as luck would have it, they’re both no longer that visible, whereas their colleagues Rocco Nacino, Sef Cadayona, and Princess who’s now known as Nathalie, are still very much active on the scene. 


Nathalie was last seen in the Vivamax thriller, “Reroute”, as the wife of John Arcilla and she now has a new movie in the can, also for Viva, “Kunwari Mahal Kita”, co-starring Ryza Cenon and Joseph Marco.


Nathalie posted photos of Brad’s making his proposal to her in her social media account. 


She was surprised when Brad took her to a function room in Raffles Hotel in Makati. 


An event stylist filled up the whole room with romantic red roses and candles propped up against a stunning view of the city. 


It's all breathtaking!


Nathalie wrote along with the photos: “Second Chapter: I said yes #Engaged!”


Well, what we can say? Everyone deserves a second chance on love! 


Congratulations to the engaged couple! 


Lots of Nathalie’s friends in and out of showbiz quickly sent her their congratulatory messages for her memorable engagement to Brad. May they have an even more unforgettable wedding. 

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