Entertainment News Friday, April 12, 2019 E-4 ‘Halik’ and more OPM hits as soap opera play with), the late Rico J. Puno, Sylvia La Torre, Sampaguita, Didith Reyes (whose life had a tragic ending), Celeste Legaspi. Their songs, if not their life stories, can be good material for similar vehicles. J UST A THOUGHT: Papin, “Tukso” and “Pag-ibig Na Walang Dangal” by Eva Eugenio, “Sayang” and “Minsan-Minsan” by Claire dela Fuente, “Bakit Ako Mahihiya” by Didith Reyes, “Balatkayo” by Anthony Castelo, and “Bawal Na Pag-ibig” and “Kapalaran” by Rico J. Puno. These titles can provide good teleserye material. They can be bent to fit more adult themes, sexy enough for late night viewing. I like it that they’re in Filipino, in contrast to all our rom-com movies whose titles are all in English. How difficult it has been to distinguish one from the other. Years from now, young people will confuse our movies with those made in Hollywood. ‘The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.’ —Mark Twain In the late ’80s, Katy dela Cruz was the focus of a musical that carried her name, “Katy,” produced by Celeste. Some years back, a musical based on Yeng Constantino’s songs was mounted. However, some people thought it was too early in the day to do so, rather premature as Yeng has been around for only 10 years and has not yet grown a full body of work. Most recent is that musical based on the songs of the trio APO Hiking Society, and still another based on the hits of Eraserheads (“Ang Huling El Bimbo”). • • • MORE JUKEBOX HITS: With the overwhelming success of teleserye “Halik,” what’s to stop networks from cashing in on established titles based on hit songs? “Halik,” down to its last two weeks, is inspired by the legendary hit song by ’90s rock band, Aegis. The song has remained a big hit through the years, earning support from among a great majority of the masses, who provide the biggest chunk of the teleserye market. On TV, “Halik” scored its highest rating of 29.3 per cent on Nov. 8, according to Kantar Media. “Halik’s” success can spawn a new line of teleseryes based on popular OPM hits that cater to a mass audience. We used to call them jukebox hits. Yet, they’re the very same songs that connect to TV’s target audience. MOVIEGOER NESTOR CUARTERO 1:30 , 3:30 , 5:30 // 7:30 , 9:45 PG // R16 PG 12:30 , 2:55 , 5:20 , 7:45 , 10:10 1:00 , 3:55 , 6:50 , 9:45 PG R13 // R13 1:30 , 3:40 , 6:00 // 8:10 , 10:30 1:30 , 4:20 , 7:10 , 10:15 PG • • • ‘RAK OF AEGIS’: 1:30 , 4:05 , 6:40 , 9:15 G The most successful OPM stage musical thus far has been “Rak Of Aegis,” based on the hit songs of, well, that family of “Halik” singers, Aegis. While we’re at it, credit to Aegis’ discovery and eventual success in recording goes to Buddy de Vera of Alpha Records, who produced the group’s legendary debut album that fetched hits like “Halik” and “Basang-basa Sa Ulan,” among others. De Vera, of course, is the same legendary record producer of superstar Nora Aunor. R13 1:00 , 3:50 , 6:45 , 9:40 PG 12:30 , 3:35 , 6:40 , 9:45 Baduy, bakya, jologs. Speaking of teleserye material based on OPM hits, the lives and careers of certain artists deserve homage by way of stage musicals. Heard that a theater group is brewing a musical play based on the life of Pilita Corrales. Years ago, some people had planned a similar musical on the life of Nora Aunor, who is truly deserving 5th Gen 8:00 PM April 26, 2019 TJ Monterde Fan Meet & Concert 5:00 PM April 27, 2019 My Special Love : Ken Chan & Rita Daniella #BoBreyInConcert 8:00 PM May 11, 2019 Think of “mature’’ songs like “Kung Liligaya Ka Sa Piling Ng Iba (Bakit)” and “Isang Linggong Pag-ibig” by Imelda April 9-12, 16 & 17, 2019 April 13, 27, 2019 April 14, 21 & 28, 2019 PPop Generation PPop Generation 7:30PM 6:00 & 8:00 PM Words of Life ; 7:00AM // Jesus Christ To God Be The Glory ; 5:00PM of one such spotlight. Other interesting subjects for stage musical treatment are Imelda Papin (celebrating her 40th year as entertainer this year, she has a wide repertoire of hits to to perform on ‘Singer 2019’ finals night in China Darren Espanto a Twitter post. “D’ Total Performer Darren Espanto will be performing at The Singer 2019 Finals on April 12 at 8 PM!!,” the post read. Netizens expressed their support. “Darren is so blessed. Congratulations and good luck @Espanto2001,” one said. “Hope we could watch @Espanto2001. So proud of you. GOD Bless you more Darren,” another wrote. No other details of his appearance on the show have been disclosed yet. Last year, KZ Tandingan represented the Philippines in that competition. By D arren Espanto will soon mark another milestone in his career. The young Filipino singer is set to appear and perform on finals of “Singer 2019” tonight. The news surfaced when Darren posted what seems to be an announcement of his Instagram stories. This resulted to numerous inquiries from her fans and supporters. True enough, his talent management, Star Magic, confirmed the matter through Camila Cabello to star in remake of ‘Cinderella’ N EW YORK – CubanAmerican singer Camila Cabello will try on the glass slipper when she takes on the lead role in a remake of “Cinderella,” a source close to the project said. The decision to cast a Hispanic woman is a significant break from a long tradition of white and usually blonde Cinderellas. Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/ songwriter, will also help write the film’s songs. The project grew out of an original idea from late-night television host James Corden, the source told AFP. The remake was first reported by the entertainment magazine The Hollywood Reporter. Corden — best known for “The Late Late Show” and his “Carpool Karaoke” series — will co-produce the film through the company Fulwell 73, of which he is a partner. At the helm will be director Kay Cannon, who is no stranger the typically male-oriented teen coming-of-age script and grossed over $93 million worldwide. The iconic princess role is the latest chapter in Cabello’s own Cinderella story: She gained recognition at age 16 as part of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She left the group in 2016 to pursue a solo career and became a global household name in August the following year when her hit song “Havana” soared to the top of the pop radio chart. Cabello released her self-titled album in January 2018, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Now 22, Cabello is the latest actress to take on the role of Cinderella. The film, which will be made by Sony affiliate Columbia, is on the fast track for production. The two best-known previous versions of the fairy tale are Disney’s 1950 cartoon and the studio’s 2015 live-action version starring Lily James. to breaking the Hollywood mold with female-driven narratives. Cannon wrote the box office hit “Pitch Perfect” franchise, which tells the story of female friendships through a humorous take on competitive college a capella. She made her directorial debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed comedy “Blockers,” which flipped (AFP) Royal tale in ‘The Crown Princess’ “The Crown Princess” on GMA features one of Thailand’s hottest loveteams – Urassaya Sperbund and Nadech Kugimiya. Urassaya breathes into life Princess Alice. She is the first heiress of Hrysos. Meanwhile, Nadech plays Lieutenant Commander Dawin Samuthyakorn who values his honor as a man and a soldier. When her life was put into danger after her coronation, Princess Alice was sent to Thailand, where Dawin was assigned to be her bodyguard. To ensure the safety of the princess, the King orders the two to marry. Little does Princess Alice know, she is set to face a tougher problem in her own country and her personal life. What will she choose – love or duty to their country? “The Crown Princess” airs weeknights.