Who’s the great pretender? ‘Catch Me Out Philippines’ premieres Feb 6 on GMA

Saturday nights are bound to be more exciting as a new reality talent competition premieres on GMA Network’s primetime block. Catch Me Out Philippines, a popular original format from the United Kingdom, has been franchised by the local network as it promises to give Pinoy flavor to this one-of-a-kind game show.

Starting February 6, Catch Me Out Philippines airs at 7:15 PM on Sabado Star Power sa Gabi. It is hosted by no other than the beloved veteran comedian Jose Manalo, who has previously been one of the judges of the latest season of StarStruck (which aired on weekend nights as well). Kakai Bautista and Derrick Monasterio also join the show as Celebrity Spotters. They will go along with ten Celebrity Catchers every episode whose task is to catch who among the performers is the true amateur.

Catch Me Out PH is the first Asian franchise of the British format. Every week, the show follows two amateur contestans who will each perform alongside three professionals. Prior to their performance on stage, the amateurs have already gone through weeks of intensive practice and training. Their goal is to trick the audience, along with the Celebrity Catchers, that they are the actual experts among their respective groups. The impostor who is able to get the most votes from the audience wins 100,000 pesos in cash for being the great pretender of the episode.

Directed by Rico Gutierrez, Catch Me Out PH is set to surprise audiences with spectacular performances and let everyone guess who is the amateur. The show also airs abroad through GMA Pinoy TV starting February 7.

‘Wild and Free’ review: Unexpected and intense love affair

Connie Macatuno’s ‘Wild and Free‘ is not as just skin-deep as its trailer teases.

The trailer for Regal’s Wild and Free promises passionate and erotic scenes that would surely awaken your most basic senses – the snippets are steamy and the onscreen chemistry of lead stars Derrick Monasterio and Sanya Lopez sizzles to the brim. But apart from the physical tension going on, director Connie Macatuno matches it up with a wonderful and intense true-to-life love story.

The film marks a turning point in Ellie (Sanya) and Jake’s (Derrick) passionate relationship when a secret from the past has been led out to the broad daylight. As both sides suffer from the consequences of their actions, the two must learn how to accept and love one other even in their worst moments. The film executes this notion in a way that will resonate most to modern real-life couples.

Above all, this movie is not just about its steamy scenes. Yes, the intensity adds a whole new layer into it, but the film exhibits restraint by knowing where to be gratuitous and where to be conservative, making sure that you’re teased enough to glue your attention to the screen. The scenarios played here are what usually happens to couples. There’s drama – the typical fights and jealousy are shown but they’re never played just for the sake of spectacle. It wants to connect to its viewers, have them react “Uy ganun tayo diba” or “Uy ganun ka diba.” The story may look simple from an outsider but in reality, love stories are much complex than what it is. Wild and Free bares this tricky aspect in relationships.

The performances of both lead stars are all fantastic. Derrick successfully conveys a bold and fierce characterization underneath his handsome and charismatic looks. While Sanya embodies a sexy, strong-willed girl who knows her limitations when it comes to loving someone. For both young actors, this is their first mature movie role, but the way they have prepared for this makes them look assured and spontaneous. Ultimately, the oozing chemistry of Derrick and Sanya makes Wild and Free an interesting and gripping flick for its audience.


3.5 out of 5 stars


Directed by Connie S.A. Macatuno and produced by Regal Multimedia, ‘Wild and Free’ stars Derrick Monasterio, Sanya Lopez, Juancho Trivino and Ashley Ortega. Run time: 105 minutes.

BG Productions International unravels big projects for 2018

BG Productions International has revealed its exciting lineup of big projects for 2018.

In the media launch held at Marco Polo Hotel, the trailers of two films currently in production were presented to the media: first was “Almost A Love Story” featuring Barbie Forteza and Derrick Monasterio that also stars Lotlot de Leon, Matet de Leon and Ana Capri from the direction of Louie Ignacio. It is being produced in cooperation with Salento Cinema in Italy. It will have a “mainstream release” aside from being shown in Italy.

 

The second was the trailer of “Latay,” directed by Ralston Jover which tells the story of a “battered husband” and his “abusive wife” featuring Allen Dizon in the lead. Being considered to play Dizon’s wife in the film are award-winning actresses Alessandra de Rossi or Lovi Poe. The movie is being eyed to be entered in international film festivals.

 

Also launched were the projects of esteemed directors Joel Lamangan, Mel Chionglo and Louie Ignacio.

Being considered as the lead actress in the Joel Lamangan proJect titled “Angela Lumunsad” is Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista. She plays a woman who was mistaken for a teacher. She will be caught in a romance between a soldter and an NPA member who will both fall for her. The movie speaks about the importance of education and thts early there are plans to show the movie in schools. Also being prepared is an “environmental project” titled ” Maruming Hangin” that has anti-pollution as theme. BG Productions is planning to field this “satirical comedy” to the MMFF 2018.

Also in the works is the mainstream project of Mel Chionglo who is currently undergoing negotiations with Lualhati Bautista for a script based on her book “Sixty In the City”. Is the right vehicle for Ms. Charo Santos whom BG Productions CEO Baby Go wants to work with?

Director Louie Ignacio’s movie titled “School Bus,” which is intended for the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, will start filming in March. If ever the movie is selected as entry, this will be the first title that BG Productions will join the prestigious independent film festival. Ms. Baby Go is likewise started on another Louie Ignacio project about an “unano wrestler” and he wants no less than the only and only superstar Nora Aunor to play the mother of the midgets.

Also lined up for this year are movies from Jason Paul Laxamana, Neal Tan and Joey Romero. Ms. Baby Go is happy to doing a wide variety of projects under her film outfit. It is also her dream to do a movie with Star for all season Ms. Vilma Santos and to have her own cinema where she can screen the movies that she produces. She also has an offer to co-produce a Hollywood film so Madame Baby is set to fly to the United States for a meeting.

“It is my passion to produce movies. I also help in the marketing. Thank God, we are able to sell the broadcast rights of our film so the money keeps on rolling, enabling us to continue making movies. I am happy I am able to keep my passion alive,” said Mrs. Go.