Entertainment News (09/14/21)

Sagip Pelikula Fest presents restored film    

ABS-CBN Film Restoration premieres the digitally restored and remastered version of the movie Way Back Home, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes in the Sagip Pelikula Festival on ktx.ph. Directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, Star Cinema’s 2011 film follows the story of long-lost sisters who fine each other. Way Back Home premieres on Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. on the Sagip Pelikula Festival on ktx.ph

Parenting webinar tackles kids’ internet safety 

GOOGLE, in collaboration with the parenting resource and community Mommy Mundo, is launching the “Internet Awesome Parents” webinar series. It aims to equip parents and guardians with the knowledge and tools of educating their children about internet safety and digital responsibility. The series will begin on Sept. 15, 8 p.m., via the Mommy Mundo Facebook page which will be streamed as well on Google Philippines’ Facebook account and YouTube channel. The topics that will be discussed are grounded on Google’s Internet Awesome Parents, an educational resource that encourages healthy family conversations on how to best take advantage of technology in a safe, fun, and productive way. The webinars will run for three consecutive weeks until Sept. 29. 

GMA Now upgrades features   

GMA Now users can now save and share clips of their favorite shows with the new “Screen Recording” feature. To activate, tap the record button on the TV player and allow the required permissions. Recorded clips will automatically be stored in the phone’s Gallery. The smartphone requires at least 100MB of free storage to record. Another new feature is the “Picture-in-Picture (PIP) Mode” that allows users to multitask while watching GMA’s shows. As users switch to other apps while watching, the GMA Now TV player automatically floats above the other apps, allowing continuous digital TV viewing. This feature requires Android 8.0 Oreo and above. Aside from the new features, GMA Now also enhanced its existing features. Full episode videos of GMA shows are now available on the newly redesigned Videos tab while Groupee Chat is more interactive with new Groupee stickers. Users can enjoy these new features by updating their GMA Now app on the Google Play Store. GMA Now is a mobile digital TV receiver that allows Android smartphone users to watch the live broadcast of GMA Network channels GMA, GTV, Heart of Asia, Hallypop, I Heart Movies, and DepEd TV as well as other free-to-air channels accessible in their area. GMA Now is available for P599 until Oct. 27.   

Special screening of Tao Po 

AFTER its successful run at Cinemalaya 2021, the documentary Tao Po, directed and produced by artist-activist Mae Paner, makes a comeback from Sept. 17 to 19 at ktx.phTao Po follows the social awakening of a photojournalist when he covers the tokhang beat. After several immersion trips and in-depth interviews conducted by Ms. Paner and playwright Maynard Manansala, four monologues were developed that give faces to the issue of extra-judicial killings. Tickets are priced at P199. 

Celebrating Batman Day throughout Sept. 

THROUGHOUT September, DC and Warner Bros. are recognizing the Batman’s longevity and impact across comics, film, TV, and more, with a collection of partnerships, special releases and initiatives in honor of the Dark Knight, culminating on Batman Day, Sept. 18. HBO Asia is hosting an AR filter on its Instagram page. Post a shot with the Bat-Mobile AR filter, tag @HBOASIA on Instagram or @DCASIAOFFICIAL on Facebook and use the hashtags #HBOASIA, #DCASIAOFFICIAL and #BATMANMONTH to enter the contest which is ongoing until Sept. 24. Then there is the AR app DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition which was launched in August. On Batman Day, a new mission will drop, continuing the Bat-Tech app storyline. The app is available on both the Play Store and on the App Store. There is also Batman-themed merchandise available including Goldwing’s Batman shirt designs, available at the online store; Spin Master’s Batman toys on its online store; McFarlane’s new collectibles including fan-favorite lines of DC Designer Series on Lazada; a range of DC Batman bricks from Lego, including limited edition releases, on Lego’s Lazada store; and Funko Pop Batman figures at the Funko Pop Lazada store. Lazada and SM on Lazada are also celebrating Batman Month until Sept. 30 with deals, offers, discounts, and vouchers to given every week and raffle prizes to be won.  Animation fans can catch up on Batman-led crime-fighting action over the weekends with special programming on Cartoon Network at 7:45 p.m. throughout the month. There will be more Dark Knight action on HBO GO, including two seasons of Pennyworth and two seasons of Batwoman. Nine Batman movies are on offer, along with animated Batman titles from the DC Universe also available to stream. Finally, save the date for DC FanDome 2021 on Oct. 17.    

Brit filmmaker headlines free online workshops  

CRAIG Lines, award-winning British filmmaker, writer and director, will discuss the origins of storytelling and reveal a template in creating successful characters in free interactive workshops entitled “We are all Legendary Heroes.” The public lectures are designed for young creatives who wish to explore the fundamental techniques in developing memorable narratives and protagonists. The classes will feature exercises that challenge the participants to think outside the box and find inspiration from seemingly mundane things. Mr. Lines has been in the industry for over 30 years and has earned several TV and film accolades including three BAFTA Awards and two Royal Television Society Awards. Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, “We are all Legendary Heroes” is the latest program under MCAD Platforms, which seeks to promote contemporary art and design through workshops, lectures, and events. It will be conducted in two parts via Zoom on Saturdays, Sept. 18 and 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Interested participants may e-mail mcad@benilde.edu.ph until Sept. 15.  

Spotify holds NCT 127’s 3rd album launch  

IN CELEBRATION of NCT 127’s third studio album, Sticker, Spotify will launch the Spotify Enhanced Album in tandem with the studio album on Sept. 17 at noon. The Enhanced Album will include exclusive, intimate content from the band. The Enhanced Album will have 11 brand new tracks from NCT 127, featuring slick hip hop and R&B beats. Fans will also enjoy content that brings them up close and personal with their group’s members, including virtual boyfriend POV experiences.    

Insight Music launches singer-composer Jelry  

FILIPINO record label Insight Music presents singer-songwriter Jelry’s debut single, titled “Rosas,” a catchy pop acoustic ballad with bouncy, sweet sounds. Jelry’s music debut has been a long time coming. The young man (whose real name is John Lloyd Reyes) first learned to play the guitar with just two chords that his father taught him. This sparked an interest that inspired Jelry to hone his craft through online platforms, soaking up everything he could about music theory, production, and songwriting. Finally, Jelry began writing his own music, which led to his first record deal with Insight Music. Meanwhile, Insight Music is primed to release three new mood playlist albums: Sexy Time: Make Out MusicMy Study Companion, and Burn: The Workout Playlist. These themed albums were crafted to get individuals “in the zone.” Sexy Time: Make Out Music is for intimate nights and steamy sessions under the covers; My Study Companion comes in handy when cramming for the finals, doing school research, and writing the thesis; and Burn: The Workout Album serves to drive health buffs towards the level of fitness they desire. The albums are all composed by producer Ian Joseph Tan, and reflect the vision Insight Music has for Original Pilipino Music. “We want to push music forward by bringing it back to its roots, which means getting talented artists and dropping music that connects instantly” says Insight Music president and chief creative head, Chris Cahilig. “Rosas” by Jelry, Sexy Time: Make Out MusicMy Study Companion, and Burn: The Workout Album are all available for streaming on various global streaming platforms, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tiktok, and iTunes 

High Class on iQiyi  

IQIYI’S suspense thriller High Class depicts the “perfect” lives of women in the top social strata, and their hidden lies and hypocrisies. The thriller follows a lawyer (played by Cho Yeo-jeong) who is framed for her husband’s murder and loses her wealth. High Class is directed by Choi Byeong-gil, and the cast includes Kim Ji-soo, Ha Jun, Park Se-jin, and Gong Hyun-joo. High Class airs new episodes at noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Download the iQiyi app or log in to www.iQ.com for more Asian shows.