All’s well that ends well between Viva and Star Cinema
it true that Star Cinema allegedly tried to stop the run of “The Barker,” starring Empoy Marquez and Shy Carlos? The said offering from Blank Pages Productions and Viva Films was originally scheduled to open in cinemas on October 4.
An insider told Roving Eye that when Star Cinema learned that Viva Films went into a co-production arrangement with Blank Pages Productions, the movie-making arm of ABSCBN Network allegedly asked the latter to return Viva’s investment and accept a co-production deal with them instead.
Star Cinema obviously invoked their right over Empoy since they signed up the now suddenly hot comedian in 2015, even if they failed to give him any projects since then. As such, they allegedly told Blank Pages they release The Barker because Empoy did not ask Star Cinema’s permission to do the film.
Long story short, Blank Pages was told they will be able to release the movie provided they enter a Star Cinema production. playdate The Barker on October 25,” our source added.
“The Barker,” which is the directorial debut of comedian Dennis Padilla, hopes to prove that the success of Kita Kita, which starred Empoy and Alessandra de Rossi is no fluke. So Viva and Blank Pages are praying for hit in The Barker.
October is the anniversary month of “Bubble Gang,” the longest-running gag show on Philippine TV, which is marking its 22 years on the air. As expected, Bubble Gang’s think tanks and its producers are happy to reach this impressive milestone.
One big reason why Bubble Gang has remained on top is due to its talented creative director who happens to be Michael V. With Bitoy on top of everything, Bubble Gang has remained a favorite comedy viewing fare every Friday night.
When asked to cite the success for the gag show’s longevity, Bitoy says Bubble Gang has evolved with the times.
“We embraced change. We are always attuned with the times.
show. longestrunning gag show, we didn’t become complacent. We are constantly evolving, trying to find ways and gimmicks to make the show even better. We owe it to our audience to make the show interesting every week, 22 years and counting,” said Bitoy.
“ICOULDN’T believe it!” exclaimed Janine Gutierrez over news she had won a Best Supporting Actress award early this month. Her mother Lotlot de Leon was the bearer of good tidings, relating to her 28-year-old daughter that her performance in the indie movie “Dagsin” had been recognized by the Urduja Heritage Film Awards. For the same project, Gutierrez also received an Urian Award nomination, and she is overwhelmed to say the least.
For many showbiz observers of very able actors in her parents. though, the beautiful actress, TV host Happily, the stunning beauty has and commercial model’s winning managed to breeze through it all with performance is hardly surprising. She is after all considered showbiz roylearn and hone her craft. alty what with Asia’s Queen of Song Many would agree that she has Pilita Corrales and Eddie Gutierrez as gone a long way since taking the lead grandparents on the side of dad Rarole in teleseryes as “Legally Blind,” mon Christopher, and Superstar Nora “Once Again,” and "Dangwa"on Aunor and perennial leading man GMA Network. A graduate of the Christopher de Leon on her maternal network’s artist center, and now one side. Talent has been oozing from her of the prime talents of Leo Domingenes and environment from her very guez’ LVD Management, Gutierrez is grateful for all the opportunities her
Wisely, however, Gutierrez mother network continues to give chose to thrive within her creative her to this day. family rather than give in to the Eager to further explore the endless pressure of being the granddaughpossibilities of cinema, this Ateneo ter of luminaries and the little girl graduate for European Studies com- Glass 2,” which opens on November 1 along with a stellar cast. She is also taping for a digital series entitled “Unbroken Hearts,” produced by lawyer Joji Alonso and Planet A Media.
Her star undoubtedly on the rise and fast, Gutierez said she wants to achieve more of her dreams as an under her new management.
One such dream she is pursuing is recording, and Gutierrez was happy to share she landed a gig singing the theme of a digital series, which she recorded in Los Angeles.
“It was produced by RedOne, the same producer of Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez,” she humbly said with the sweetest of smiles, adding that she recorded the theme song both in English and Filipino.
Turning 28 just on October 2, Gutierrez certainly has the best of her career to come. And raised with her feet she never forgets to thank everyone helping her become the best she can be.
“Sobrangnaalagaanpo talagaakong GMA Artist Center for the past three years, and talagangmadamipongnagawang projects at endorsements, so nagpapasalamatpoakosamga boss ng Artist Center sapagtutokatpag-alaga nilasaakin,” she reiterated. “At the same time, super thankful poakonatinanggapakoni Tito Leo at very excited dinposiyanunglumapitkamini Mama sakanya. All I can say is that I’m very excited for what’s yet to come,” she ended.