Cinema One Originals 2017 finalists announced

Cinema One Originals Festival 2017 finalists for the narrative and documentary categories have been announced by Festival Head Ronald Arguelles on a photo posted on his Facebook account.

Each of the following feature narratives will receive P3-M production grant: copied from Cinema Bravo

  1. Nay by Kip Oebanda
  2. Changing Partners by Dan Villegas
  3. Historiographika Errata by Richard Somes
  4. Si Chedeng, Si Apple at si Louie Vuitton by Fatrick Tabada & Rae Red
  5. Throwback Today by Joseph Teoxon
  6. Nervous Translation by Shireen Seno
  7. Paki by Giancarlo Abrahan

Each of the following documentaries will receive P1.5-M production grant: copied from Cinema Bravo

  1. Architecture of Belief: A story of John S. Captain by Jet Leyco & Camille Aragona
  2. Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane (For the Benefit of the Doubt) by Dempster Samarista
  3. Horror House: A Visit to the Red House by Phyllis Grae Grande

Now on its 13th year, Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 12 to 21.

All-new ‘Prison Break’ returns exclusively on 2nd Avenue

In the new event series Prison Break, original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, and Paul Adelstein are reunited for an all-new adventure spanning the globe and featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series when it aired from 2005-2009.

The original action drama centered on Michael Scofield (Miller, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), a young man determined to save his convicted brother, Lincoln Burrows (Purcell, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison.

In the new series, filmed on location in Morocco, clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive. Lincoln and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, Colony, The Walking Dead), Michael’s wife until he was presumed dead, reunite to engineer the biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, Sucre (Nolasco, Telenovela), T-Bag (Knepper, Heroes) and C-Note (Dunbar, The Mentalist), are pulled back into the action.

PRISON BREAK was an immediate critical and ratings hit, garnering Golden Globe® Award nominations for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Miller). The original producing team, including series creator Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead, return to executive-produce the new series.

Don’t miss the premiere of PRISON BREAK on April 5, Wednesday via satellite at 3 PM and primetime at 9 PM. Join the conversation at #PrisonBreakOn2ndAvenue. Check out 2nd Avenue on,, follow us on Twitter via @2nd_Avenue and on Instagram via @2ndavenuetv.

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MTRCB removes X-rating, Jerrold Tarog’s ‘Bliss’ now R-18 uncut

Jerrold Tarog’s controversial psychological thriller film Bliss has been re-classified to R-18 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The initial X rating was due to adult themes, strong language, and scenes of graphic nudity, violence, and sexuality. X-rated movies are banned from public exhibition except at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Tarog is also working on a second version for an R-16 appeal.

Last Monday, a special free screening of Bliss was held at UP Cine Adarna where survey forms were given to attendees. Data collected were presented by the filmmakers at the second review of MTRCB.

According to Noel Ferrer, Iza Calzado’s manager, the new MTRCB panel who reviewed the film yesterday was composed of Direk Joey Romero, Bibeth Orteza, Gladys Reyes, Consoliza Laguardia and Atty. Ogie Jaro.

The first reviewers were Robert Arevalo and Pammy Macasaet who both gave it an X, and Roland Tolentino who gave it an R-18.

Read more: After ‘X’ rating from MTRCB, Jerrold Tarog’s ‘Bliss’ to screen for free at UP Cine Adarna

A production of TBA, Artikulo Uno, and Quantum Films, Bliss opens May 10, 2017 in Philippine cinemas.

Emilia Clarke stars in thriller mystery ‘Voice from the Stone’

“Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke stars in the upcoming thriller mystery “Voice from the Stone” – a haunting tale of fear and romance that plays out amid the ghosts of memory.

Clarke takes on the role of Verena in “Voice from the Stone” and enters the gates of an isolated stone castle in 1950’s Tuscany, as a determined young nurse to cure the mute heir within. As Verena struggles to bring silent Jakob back into the world, she finds herself submerged deeper and deeper into the hidden secrets of the castle.

The story develops as a haunting and suspenseful thriller harkening to classics like Hitchcock’s “Rebecca.” Directed by Eric D. Howell, “Voice from the Stone’s” script screamed to be read under a blanket with a flashlight. It plays as a Hitchcock fairy tale set in 1950’s Tuscany with mysterious characters and a ghostly antagonist.

Written by Andrew Shaw based on the Italian novel “La Voce Della Pietra” by Silvio Raffo, “Voice fromthe Stone” is shot on location in a misted, alternate vision of Tuscany, the international cast includes also Marton Csokas, Edward Dring, Caterina Murino, Lisa Gastoni and Remo Girone.

“It is about these very real deeper human struggles: dealing with grief, with heartache, with the urge to belong. In several different ways, it really gets under your skin,” Clarke shares.

“Voice from the Stone” opens April 26, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. 

QCinema 2017 announces eight full-length feature finalists

The QCinema International Film Festival has announced the eight finalists for this year’s Circle Competition (full-fength feature category).

Chosen from 135 submitted screenplays and down to 25 semifinalists are the following:

  • “Gugu” by Khavn
  • “Neomanila” by Mikhail Red
  • “Medusae” by Pam Miras
  • “The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931″ by Christopher Gozum
  • “The Write Moment” by Dominic Lim
  • “Hubog ng Langit” by Lawrence Fajardo
  • “Dormitoryo” by Emerson Reyes
  • “The Chanters” by James Mayo

Each finalist received a production grant of P1 million from the Quezon City Film Development Council (QCFDC) and will be eligible to compete for the Pylon Awards with cash prizes at stake.


Now on its fifth year, QCinema is slated to run from October 19 to 28, 2017.

Ewan McGregor makes directorial debut via ‘American Pastoral’

Two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor stars and debuts as a director in the deeply affecting father-daughter story “American Pastoral” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth that chronicles the profound changes in the last half-century of American life. The adaptation focuses in on the Swede’s search for his daughter and the resonant themes of uncertainty, shifting fates, family and loss, that took the filmmakers nearly thirteen years to bring to the screen.

“American Pastoral” follows a family’s idyllic existence that was shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Dakota Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him.

Lakeshore Entertainment producer Gary Lucchesi reflects on what drove him to stay on course throughout the long but steadfast creative process: “I have always wanted to make a father daughter story. I read the script, I cried, and I knew I had to make the movie one way or another,” he recalls. “I saw in it the story of a man who has an uncompromising love for his daughter through thick and thin. I love dramas about human beings that you can relate to and experiences that you can imagine. That’s what really turns me on as a filmmaker. Every now and then, you get a chance to do something like this that you covet—so you give it everything you have.”

Ewan McGregor, known for his wide-ranging roles in films spanning from the innovative and edgy “Trainspotting 1 & 2”, “Velvet Goldmine” and “Moulin Rouge” to the acclaimed dramas “Ghost Writer” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” — was attached to play the central character of the Swede in American Pastoral long before signing on to direct the film.

McGregor knew this was a rare opportunity. Ultimately, it was his love of the material that led to his decision to take a leap into his feature film directorial debut. “I was very moved by the script and I was completely taken by the Swede and the study of father daughter relationships,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to direct, but I didn’t want to just direct for the sake of it. I wanted to have a story that I was compelled to tell,” McGregor explains.

An Ayala Malls Cinemas’ exclusive presentation, “American Pastoral” opens on April 5, 2017 at Glorietta 4 and Trinoma cinemas.