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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.

Apr 9, 2011

Star Cinema is the country's busiest film company

ABS-CBN exec MICO DEL ROSARIO says that even on the internet, “Imortal” is a hit. Their website that features “Anino’t Panaginip” webisodes revealing hidden chapters of the show and an online game called Pangil has had 12 million hits. “Imortal” merchandise items like t-shirts and tumblers are also selling well. He adds that Star Cinema will be real busy this year. They’re now busy with Vic Sotto’s “Pak, Pak, My Dr. Kwak”, to be followed by the Aga-Angel film by Olivia Lamasan and then “Forever and a Day” with KC Concepcion and Sam Milby, megged by Cathy Molina.

Other projects lined up for the rest of the year are a rom-com starring Toni Gonzaga-Zanjoe Marudo and Eugene Domingo-Wendell Ramos, “Kakasal, Kakalas” directed by Joey Reyes, “Maalaala Mo Kaya, the Movie” with Angel-Bea, the Kanto Boys movie, a new Ai Ai de las Alas comedy, a Piolo Pascual-Angelica Panganiban romance, a comedy with Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, and their Metro filmfest presentation that’s still under wraps. For their new sister company doing indie films, they have already completed a horror film starring Erich Gonzales and Derek Ramsay megged by Richard Somes, and a rom-com, “Busted”, with Maja Salvador and Matteo Guidicelli, directed by Enrico Santos.

For their TV production unit headed by Malou Santos, they’re working on four new shows: “Maria del Barrio” with Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, “Guns and Roses” with Robin Padilla, Bea Alonzo, Diether Ocampo, Empress Schuck and Ejay Falcon; “Alta” with Gretchen Barretto, Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion, Luis Manzano and Zanjoe Marudo; and “Atom”, a family drama with a touch of sci-fi for kids.