Cinema Under the Stars canceled
DUE to the current pandemic situation and the heightened IATF quarantine protocols on public gathering, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. (CFI)’s Organizing Committee have had to cancel the outdoor cinema until further notice. Originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 2 to 4, the hybrid outdoor cinema called The CUTS was part of the new programming for the 17th edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which is still ongoing until Sept. 5 via ktx.ph. The CUTS is considered a “movable feast” because the dates are highly flexible and changeable in response to the government safety protocols, as well as inclement weather conditions. It evolves and adjusts to the nuances of the times. The team behind CUTS is ready to roll out this event when the situation turns around. For more information on this and other Cinemalaya news, follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Meanwhile, Cinemalaya 17 Main Competition films are now on Vimeo until Sept. 5. All Main Competition Shorts are available to view on Vimeo for P300 with 48 hours unlimited access at https://bit.ly/Cinemalaya17onVimeo. Cinemalaya’s competition and exhibition films are still available for streaming at ktx.ph. Visit https://bit.ly/Cinemalaya2021.
New Lego Harry Potter sets out
THE LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have revealed new Lego sets to help young witches and wizards explore the adventures of Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts. The sets are packed full of popular characters, creatures, and imaginative features to help young builders reenact their favorite adventures from the films, as well as crafting magical storylines of their own. Many of the sets also interconnect to extend the play into different areas of Hogwarts. A number of the new sets come with an exclusive golden minifigure to mark the 20th Anniversary of Lego Harry Potter. There is also a specially designed the new Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons — Collectors’ Edition for adult enthusiasts. The set includes memorabilia from the series such as Harry’s wand and glasses, Ron’s chocolate frog, Hermione’s potion tray, Tom Riddle’s diary, the Golden Snitch, and a customizable school scarf. To top it all off, the set features Hedwig with an invitation to Hogwarts. The Collectors’ Edition set is available only on bankeebricks.ph and in all branches of the Lego Certified Stores (LCS) in Trinoma, The 30th Mall, BGC, Greenbelt, and Alabang Town Center. The other new sets are available on bankeebricks.ph, all LCS branches, and selected retailers such as Lazada, Shopee, Dotcom, and Zalora.
PBB opens auditions for 10th season
ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Kumunity Season 10 begins its search for new housemates as it gears up new season. Auditions for the Adult Edition are running until Sept. 30 via the Pinoy community platform Kumu. The upcoming 10th regular season of PBB will also feature Celebrity and Teen Editions. To audition for PBB Kumunity Season 10, aspiring housemates need to download the Kumu app, create an account, and upload a one-minute Kumu clip where they introduce themselves and say why they deserve to become a housemate, and use the hashtag “PBBKumuAdults.” Auditions for Adult Edition are open to 20 to 40 year olds. Auditions for the Teen Edition, which are open to aspirants ages 15 to 19 years old, will run from Dec. 1 to 31.
BINI and BGYO concerts, fan meet in November
LESS than a year after their official launches, P-pop groups BINI and BGYO have enjoyed several milestones with their fans. BINI’s music video for their debut single, “Born to Win,” was featured in MTV Asia last month and has already crossed one million views, while BGYO has landed on the number one spot on Billboard’s global Next Big Sound chart. BINI and BGYO are collaborating on a concert titled One Dream: The BINI x BGYO Concert, which will be streamed worldwide on Nov. 6 and 7 on ktx.ph, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. The show on Nov. 6 will be filled with performances by each group, collaborations on fan favorite songs, and performances by surprise guest artists. On Nov. 7, BINI and BGYO will present more live collaborations, and a fan meet on ktx.ph. SVIP tickets are priced at P1,950 or $39.99 and are inclusive of two shows and the fan meet on ktx.ph. VIP tickets are priced at P1,490 or $29.99 on ktx.ph, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV and will provide access to the two shows.
GMA drama to star Xian Lim, Jennylyn Mercado
GMA Network star Xian Lim stars opposite Jennylyn Mercado in the upcoming primetime series Love. Die. Repeat. Ms. Mercado plays Angela Zafra, a woman who relives the day of her husband’s death many times over. Mr. Lim plays Bernard Yuzon, Angela’s husband. “First page pa lang ng script, gustong-gusto ko na (from the first page of the script, I really liked it). I’m a huge fan of the genre ng time loop.,” Mr. Lim said in a statement. The project will be directed by Ulan and Meet Me in St. Gallen director Irene Villamor