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By auraxiiltd, Sep 15 2016 01:32PM

The Olivia M. Lamasan and Carmi Raymundo masterpiece brings back Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a movie that tells of a love that remains unfinished and a life wanting of a fresh start

In the tradition of bringing to life the most stirring stories as created by the industry’s finest talents and featuring various generation’s most celebrated performers, Star Cinema presents “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” set to screen in key cities worldwide starting this September via TFC@theMovies.

“Barcelona: A Love Untold” marks several milestones for Star Cinema and the film industry as it is multi-awarded Olivia M. Lamasan’s newest masterpiece after her blockbuster movie “Starting Over Again.”

The movie about two individuals’ journey to love and life is written by Carmi Raymundo, the writer behind some of the most iconic Star Cinema films such as “A Second Chance,” and who is also reuniting with Lamasan after their last movie together which also happens to be “Starting Over Again.”

Finally, it brings back one of the most-loved team ups in Philippine entertainment: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a movie that showcases them in more mature roles.

According to Lamasan, in this movie, the two leads have transcended their status from teen stars to actors. “Natutuwa ako. Now they’re not only concerned with their fans, but their audience and connecting with their audience beyond the fans that they have,” Lamasan explains.

In “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” Padilla is Ely, a student taking his masters in Architecture and at the same time working as a tour guide and waiter in Barcelona. He is a man trying to move on from a past love.

Lamasan was impressed with Padilla portraying Ely. ‘Ang talino ng tao na ito. Grabe ang depth.’ Iba talaga if one has lived through and lived with pain. Right away, dini-discuss mo pa lang ang eksena nakikita mo na sa mata.”

On the other hand, Bernardo is Mia travels to Barcelona to start anew. She wants to make up for her past mistakes and prove herself worthy.

Like Mia, Bernardo also wants to prove herself further, specifically in terms of acting. According to Lamasan, “Ako based on experience on the set, I asked Kathryn, ‘Kathryn, why did you accept this project?’ She said, ‘Inang, I want to be able to explore kung hanggang saan ko madadala ang aking acting ability.’ Lamasan added that Bernardo was very open, saying: ‘I want to be able to prove myself,’ and ako malaki ang tiwala ko kay Kathryn kasi lumaki ‘yan sa akin.”

According to Bernardo it was an honor for the team to be directed by Lamasan. “Dito talaga all out. Talagang pag si Inang (industry nickname for Lamasan), hindi namin alam kung paano niya napapalabas ang lahat gaano pa kabigat o kagaan ang scene. Kaya siya Inang talaga. Grabe ang guidance niya. Lahat iyon binabantayan niya. And we’re very thankful na tinanggap ni Inang itong project na ito. Grabe ang pasasalamat namin dahil lahat ng artista gusto siyang makatrabaho.”

Padilla said they repaid the privilege with their willingness to learn. “Ang hirap lang minsan ng eksena. Pero hanggang pinipiga ka ng pinipiga lalabas at lalabas naman eh. Hanggang bukas ang puso mo kay Inang, lalabas at lalabas iyon sa take, kung hindi walang mangyayari.”

Together, Mia and Ely travel through their individual struggles until they find themselves falling for each other. The story details a budding romance until Mia realizes that Ely has yet to move on from his past. It is in this light that the famous line from the movie, “Huwag mo akong mahalin dahil mahal kita. Mahalin mo ako dahil mahal mo ako because that is what I deserve” reverberates for Filipino viewers.

The story is inspired by the story of the church of Sagrada Familia which was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi as the people’s apology to God but has remained unfinished because of his death in 1926. According to Raymundo: “So hanggang ngayon hindi natatapos ang apology na ‘yon, so ang gandang metaphor. Ang gandang metaphor sa character na either hindi pa natatapos magmahal, mangarap. Kasi di ba tayo naman kapag gumagawa tayo ng kuwento ang ganda na naging coherent ‘yong lugar sa kuwento ng pelikula.”

“Barcelona: A Love Untold” which has earned Php 23 million on the its first day at the Philippine box office, also features award-winning actress Aiko Melendez, actor Joey Marquez, esteemed actress Ana Capri and up and coming teen actor Joshua Garcia.

Will the love Ely and Mia find be enough for them to let their story begin? Find out in key cinemas worldwide: September 18 in Malaysia (with a premiere featuring the cast and director of “Barcelona” A Love Untold;” September 22 in Papua New Guinea, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman; September 23 in North America and Saipan; September 24 in Europe; and September 25 in Singapore and Hong Kong; September 29 in Australia and New Zealand.

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By auraxiiltd, Jul 28 2016 04:51PM

Star Cinema’s mid-year offering reuniting former real-life couple Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson to screen in North America, Europe, Middle East and other parts of Asia starting August 4

Known for putting together the most exciting combinations in film, Star Cinema is bringing new excitement as it reunites This Generation’s Movie Queen Bea Alonzo and Kapamilya Heartthrob Gerald Anderson this time on the silver screen via “How To Be Yours,” showing worldwide via TFC@theMovies this August.

Instrumental for the birth of various generation’s most thrilling love teams, Star Cinema is set to unveil a team-up that’s not been tested but is putting in real thrills as it brings together former flames Alonzo and Anderson.

Even Anderson cannot, to this day, believe that the movie is happening. “Wala pang 20 minutes ang meeting tinanggap ko na ang pelikula. Sobrang saya. Para sa akin, napaka-surreal. Parang hindi totoo na makakasama ko siya sa isang movie,” Anderson says.

In “How To Be Yours,” written by Hyro Aguinaldo and Patrick Valencia and directed by Dan Villegas, Alonzo and Anderson play two individuals who may be exact opposites but find many reasons to love each other, including a simple shared dream. Alonzo is Anj, a self-taught cook who dreams of making it to a high-end restaurant someday. Anderson is Nino, a sales agent who only wants stability in life.

When Anj finds herself succeeding, Nino cannot keep pace. Could the very reason why they were brought together be the reasons for them to fall apart?

Just like in real life, Alonzo and Anderson are different but found love within a short-lived romance, which as members of the press revealed in the media launch, is wanting of a second chance.

According to Alonzo she is not closing her doors. “Hindi ko po masabi. Hindi ko alam. Sa ngayon parang ngayon hindi iyon ang inisip namin. We’re working on a project together na sobrang nag-eenjoy kami. I admit naman, naglo-look forward ako to go to the set and see him. Hindi ko pa kayang pumunta roon. We are just enjoying the moment right now,” Alonzo adds.

Anderson agrees and says both of them are relishing what they have. “Parang sobrang weird ng pakiramdam noong simula, ngayong sobrang kumportable naming sa isa’t-isa. Itong feeling na ito ito iyong gusto kong alagaan. Gusto kong imaintain itong feeling na ito. Iyong nage-enjoy kami tuwing nagkikita kami,” the actor admits.

Together, film audiences and movie fans can see the reel and perhaps, also see real-life events unfold as the movie starts screening staring August 4 in Papua New Guinea; August 5 in U.S. and Canada; August 5 in Saipan; August 6 in Europe; August 11 in the Middle East and August 21 in Singapore. For more information, visit and,, and TFC’S facebook pages worldwide.

By auraxiiltd, Jun 30 2016 03:02PM

The much-awaited big screen team-up of JodIan and JoChard is set to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide!

Fans of Filipino romantic – comedies are in for the biggest celebration of love and its interesting twists as Star Cinema’s much-awaited “The Achy Breaky Hearts” starring three of the most exciting names in Philippine entertainment, unfolds worldwide via TFC@theMovies this coming week.

After conquering the hearts of television viewers in the phenomenal “Be Careful With My Heart” and “Pangako Sa `Yo,” Ian Veneracion, Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap are set to triple the excitement as they come together in the romantic-comedy (romcom) helmed by the award-winning Antoinette Jadaone.

“The Achy Breaky Hearts” is about love that comes at the most unexpected time and love that’s not entirely lost. In the movie, Sta. Maria plays Chinggay, a thirty something successful career woman who may seem to have it all – intelligence and looks – but seem to have not yet found the right love.

According to Jadaone, the movie is attuned to the times when society can be judgmental of ladies of her age. “Tina-tackle dito iyong tingin ng mga tao sa thirty year old up na something na babae na kapag single siya, parang may mali sa kaniya. Bakit ka single? Kailan ka mag-aasawa? Parang kung single ka at this age, para kang may sakit. Single siya (Chinggay) for the longest time pero pinatotohanan niya yung when it rains it pours.” (The movie delves on thirty something women who are judged just because they are still single at their age. Usual questions thrown to them are: why are they single and when are they getting married. It’s as if people who are single at this age are stricken with some kind of illness. In the end, Chinggay proves that when it rains, it pours.”)

Sta. Maria who has worked with both Yap and Veneracion is excited to play the role of Chinggay and opposite the two good-looking leading men.

However, Sta. Maria says she would not want to be in Chinggay’s shoes in real life. “Siguro ito iyong babaeng single na nape-pressure ka na magka-boyfriend (BF) tulad ni Chinggay, would you settle for someone just because atat kang magka-BF or feeling mo napag-iwanan ka?”


(Chinggay is the kind of woman who may be pressured to have a boyfriend. But the question is will she settle for someone just because she wants to be in a relationship already, more so, because wants to keep up with other ladies her age?) Sta Maria asks.

Yap who plays Frank (dubbed Tsinoy) plays her ex-boyfriend of five years who makes a comeback, but already different from who he was before. Yap said what this movie tries to give viewers is an assessment of what one really needs “Ano ba talaga ang hinahanap mo sa pag-ibig?” (What does one want out of love?)

Just as the ex makes a comeback, Veneracion who plays Ryan (tagged Tisoy), a man who recently got ditched by his girlfriend, enters the scene.

The appearance of the two men in Chinggay’s life may have ended the seven-year ‘drought’ for Sta Maria but leaves her confused.

Veneracion’s takeaway on Chinggay’s situation is more on the need - to have a boyfriend or not at that age just to prove anything. “Kasi there are two kinds of love dito eh. How do you choose ‘pag ang babae dumarating sa certain age. ‘Bakit wala ka pang BF? “Bakit wala ka pang asawa?’ ‘Bakit’ questions. Kailangan ba talagang meron? Kailangan bang kunin yung happiness mo sa iba?” (There are two kinds of love here [love for another and oneself]. When a lady comes into your life, you ask, why is she still unmarried? The question is – does she really need to have one? Does one need to derive happiness from another individual?)

Joining the star-studded cast of "The Achy Breaky Hearts" are Beauty Gonzales, Sarah Lahbati, Desiree Del Valle, Erika Padilla, Denise Joaquin, Khalil Ramos, Sharmaine Buencamino, Miles Ocampo, Liza Lorena, Rey Abellana, and more.

“The Achy Breaky Hearts” will capture the hearts of movie fans worldwide starting July 8 in North America and Saipan; July 9 in Europe; and July 14 in the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

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By auraxiiltd, Feb 12 2016 07:44AM

Xian Lim and Joyce Bernal create a stir in virtual Middle East and Europe press, Star Cinema opening salvo for 2016 extended in UK and ME

After creating a stir in Philippine cinema for bringing a powerful ensemble of film thespians for the first time in a movie that crosses genres, “Everything About Her” generated new excitement for the Filipino community, members of the press and online denizens in the recent virtual press conference held three-way among the ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Manila offices.

Like a literary oxymoron, “Everything About Her,” combined two genres to present a twisted plot about an alpha woman named Vivian (played by Vilma Santos) diagnosed with a terminal disease. She hires a private nurse Jaica (played by Angel Locsin) who she eventually gives the almost impossible task of bringing home his estranged son Albert, played by Xian Lim.

The press conference revealed more welcome contrasts as director Bb. Joyce Bernal admitted that the most challenging part for her while doing the film was the fact that she is a Nora Aunor fan and she directed what the industry experts call her arch rival, the Star for All Seasons.

“Noong ime-meet ko na siya (Santos), sabi ko kaya ko ba ito? Mabait si Ate Vi. Pero the moment na sinabi kong kaya ko ito, nahirapan ako. Iyong proseso madali pero iyong before or after, hirap na hirap ako. Nakakasira ng bait si Ate Vi. Isa po siyang actress na kailangang paghandaan. (When I met her, I asked myself can I do this? Ate Vi was kind. But the moment I said I can do this, I fell short. The process was easy but I had a hard time with the before and after. I went crazy. Ate Vi is one actress that one needs to prepare for.”

The online press conference, the second for ABS-CBN Europe, Middle East and Africa, also welcomed Kapamilya Heartthrob Xian Lim to face the FilCom and the members of the press who were delighted to see Lim in dramatic movie on his own (outside his famous KimXi love team) and deliver against two seasoned actresses.

According to Kai Rodriguez, ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa Managing Director, Lim and Santos and Locsin’s performances are proof that the Philippines is not just rich in culture but also in talent and TFC has the avenues, such as the mainstream screenings, to bring this to the fore.

“TFC is bent on bringing the Filipino talent to the world stage. We are happy that Filipino communities and members of the media help us in bringing the good news on the Filipino’s greatness or ‘galing ng Filipino,’” Rodriguez shares.

In the film, critics are saying that Lim truly delivered as an actor. Lim admitted: “Naranasan ko na mabigyan ng oras ang characterization at pagi-imerse with the direction of Direk Joyce. Ang pinaka-importante is what the people don’t see. Iyong script, given na iyan. Lalo na iyong mga experiences na binibigay ni Vilma Santos, that’s priceless. Hindi lahat ng artista hindi makakatanggap ng ganoon. (I gave time to internalizing and immersing under the direction of Direk Joyce. What’s most important is what people don’t see. The script is given. But what’s priceless is things like the advice of Vilma Santos. Not all artists get to have that.”

Lim adds that he can relate to Albert “Mga 80 to 90% of his character. Noong binabasa ko iyong script, may mga instances na sinasabi ko ako ito eh. (About 80 to 90% of his character. When I was reading the script, there were instances that I tell myself that this is me).

Most overseas Filipinos could also relate to the story as well as it narrates the story of a mother and son estranged not only by physical distance but also by their personal differences. Bernal shares that what is most important is that despite everything, people try to go beyond their differences and move on.

Anne Lora Santos of The Filipino Times said "Everything About Her” is a finely made movie that teaches OFs like her, a lesson. “It is the right combination of comedy and drama. It is a movie that will remind you of what's important in life and it should defy pride and ego and achieve love and forgiveness."

Bernal confirms that this was the lesson she wanted to impart. “You try to forgive every day. Kung puwedeng po sana mag-forgive po kaagad. Huwag mag-create ng pain or sakit na iyong hindi ka nakaugapay. Ang gusto ko sana ay kung may nanakit sa inyo, o nakagawa ng kasalanan sa inyo - try to forgive agad-agad. We try to have a good relationship with our friends and co-workers but we find it hard to have an easy relationship with family, Bernal ends. (You try to forgive every day. Forgive when you can, as soon as you can. Don’t create pain and wallow in pain. I wish that you forgive the people who hurt you or have caused you pain).”

Adelina Duenas of Albayanon UK said that this lesson is her greatest take away from the movie. “We are only in our borrowed time in this earth so we should do the best for others and learn to accept mistakes and be ready to forgive.”

Nikko Tolentino of Planet Philippines agrees and says I've learned that forgiveness is an important theme that people take for granted." Tolentino adds that he is excited to see the first on-screen collaboration of Locsin and Santos. "I'm looking forward for the great interaction of the Star for All Seasons, the box office royalty and the Kapamilya Heartthrob,” Tolentino ends.

Turning the press con from a mid-day revelry into an entertaining tete-a-tete was Lim who re-enacted his dance scene with Locsin, much to the delight of the members of the press and Filipino community.

“Everything About Her“ is extended in Vue Cinemas in Shepherd’s Bush in the United Kingdom on February 13, 14 and 16 and select cinemas in the Middle East until February 17.

Hosted by DJ Jhai Ho of “Pangako Sa `Yo,” MOR and’s “Hotspots,” the press conference plus the complete listing of theatrical screenings of “Everything About Her” can be seen on

By auraxiiltd, Dec 12 2015 02:50PM

After making history as the first Filipino film to be screened in giant movie theater chain Vue Cinemas in United Kingdom and topping at the box office in Middle East last weekend, ABS-CBN Star Cinema and TFC@theMovies’ "A Second Chance" has just reached another Philippine cinema milestone: it is now the highest grossing local non-Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry of all time.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the movie has now made P442 million at a victory party held for the cast and crew of the film attended by stars Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz, director Cathy Garcia-Molina, and screenwriters Carmi Raymundo and Vanessa Valdez.

The previous record-holder for highest grossing non-MMFF Filipino film was another Star Cinema offering, last year's "Starting Over Again," which passed the P400-million mark after a month in local cinemas. To compare, "A Second Chance" achieved the same feat in just 10 days.

Meanwhile, the record for the highest grossing Filipino film of all time is the 2014 MMFF entry, "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin." The comedy flick passed P456 million in 22 days, unseating "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," an entry to the 2013 MMFF, for the title.

"A Second Chance" just got extended for another week in 65 theaters in the U.S. and in 14 Canada theaters. It got extended for another weekend run in select Vue Cinemas in U.K. It was also extended in the UAE and Qatar in the Middle East till December 16.

The film, which has yet to debut in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong, is now on its third week in the Philippines. It will not be facing stiff competition locally until the December 16 bow of the much-anticipated Hollywood film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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