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'Miss Granny' breaks box-office records

Sarah Geronimo’s Miss Granny racked up P21M last Sunday, the highest single day gross so far for a local movie in 2018.

The movie, a remake of a Korean movie of the same title about a 74-year old who feels she is becoming a burden to her family and is magically stuck in a 20-year-old body.

The local version seems to have struck a chord with the audience of mostly mothers and grandmothers.

BLOCKBUSTER TRIO. Sarah G flanked by her 'Miss Granny' co-stars Xian Lim (left) and James Reid
Writes lmcrstll I. jadine in her socmed account, “Nakakarelate sya kase isa rin syang byuda. Yung paghihirap ni Sarah dun simula nung nagkasakit anak nya, dun nakarelate si mama. And sabi nya ang galing galing ni Sarah mag portray kase pati sya natuwa at naiyak sa movie. (She’s able to relate. She’s a widow and when Sarah’s son got sick that’s when she started to relate to the movie. She added Sarah’s performance was really good because she made her laugh and cry at the same time.)”

Says another, also in her socmed, “Kaya tayo, pahalagahan talaga natin magulang natin. Yung sa simpleng bagay na ginagawa natin sa kanila, and yung paglaan pa lang natin ng oras sa kanila, sobrang laking bagay na nun para sa kanila. (That’s why we need to give importance to our parents. The simple things we do for them, giving time for them, those are things they are able to appreciate.)”

The movie will be on its extended run nationwide. It also has screenings in other countries.

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Kapuso’s 'Victor Magtanggol' remains Cardo Dalisay’s nemesis

Come to think of it, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s Cardo Dalisay has never seen a rival that’s giving him reason to worry more those villains he has to face on his own turf.

The premiere of Kapuso’s primetime series Victor Magtanggol was seen by many observers as perhaps the show to make Cardo Dalisay think of ending his mission and finally retiring.

While many have criticized the Kapuso network for putting up a show that is taken from a Germanic mythology, also the origin of Thursday (Thors day), it is not as much as an imitation of the Hollywood film Thor with Chris Hemsworth, but it is Dominic Zapata’s take on a Western mythology. Watching the show from the pilot to its current episodes made me understand what Zapata was trying to make out of the Germanic mythology.

Victor Magtanggol, the character Alder Richards play, is a compassionate young man searching for his mother who left them many years ago. He finds himself working in a museum in Canada where he encountered Magni/Magnus who handed him a compass before he left earth for their own version of eternal life. The compass directed him to his “destiny” where he also discovered the hammer called mjonir.

In the series, Thor has been declared as dead and the wife Sif or Ms. S (Andrea Torres) is sent to the land of mortals to guide Victor in his mission as the keeper of mjolnir.

In Filipinizing the myth, Zapata has achieved something not quite usual on Philippine TV. And it seems the audience of this series has embraced the idea that Victor Magtanggol is, indeed, the chosen one to be the worthy custodian of Thor’s mjolnir.

What makes it different from the Hollywood film Thor and its subsequent sequel Thor: Ragnarok, is that this is happening post Ragnarok. Thor has died and his son, Móði (Pancho Magno) is fixated in finding the hammer and sends his ally the half-god Loki (John Estrada) to the land of the mortals to find it.

Naturally, as the series is Filipino, we find a number of subplots interwoven into the core of Victor, the mjolnir, Loki and Móði. Hence, there’s the search for Victor’s mother (played by Coney Reyes), Victor’s liking of Gwen Regalado (Janine Gutierrez), and I am certain a number more that will be introduced as the series moves on.

With the series’ computer-generated imagery (CGI), the audience, particularly children as young as six-year-old, are hooked for 45 minutes, five days a week. And if this would remain as the crux of the series audience, it would really give Cardo Dalisay big trouble, unless he’s ready to pack up and bid the city goodbye.

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TNT singers now recording stars

Tawang ng Tanghalan formed TNT Records, home of original Pilipino music (OPM), a new generation of singers, and a fresh sound.

For the first time in the country, a singing competition paves the way for the launch of a record label that intends to create a platform in which world-class performers can further improve their skills and enrich their craft. It can also showcase their talents as singers under the guidance of ABS-CBN and Star Music.

TNT Records first artists are the TNT Boys and the Janine Berdin, the competition’s grand champion, now the new gem of OPM.

Also signed were folk-rock mover Ato Arman, powerhouse performer Eumee, songwriter Froilan Canlas, ballad prince Anton Tenorcruz, all-out teen diva Arabelle de la Cruz, spectacular performer Reggie Tortugo, Inday wonder Sheena Belarmino, and Mr. Rhythm Steven Paysu.

Coming together to create exceptional music are the group Cove (composed of JM Bales, Christian Bahaya, and Sofronio Vasquez) and the newest belting duo called Bukang Liwayway (made up of Lalainne Araña and Pauline Agupitan).

The new singles under the TNT label are Eumee’s “Bratatat” and Janine’s “Biyaya,” both penned TNT Records’ producer Chochay Magno.

Prior to TNT Records’ launch, fans enjoyed the TNT singers’ finest renditions of popular hits on the TNTV on YouTube now with more than 120K subscribers.

TNTV has recently expanded to air an online show called TNTV Now in which fans can watch the singers having some chitchats with Yeng Constantino, Jaya, Kyla, and Ogie Alcasid.

The TNT singers will have busy months ahead, with Sam Mangubat, Marielle Montellano, and Noven Belleza promoting their singers as part of Star Music family. 

They also headlined their first major outing at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 28.

Topics: Sarah Geronimo , Miss Granny , Victor Magtanggol , Alden Richards , Tawang ng Tanghalan , TNT Records
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