YASMIEN Kurdi is ecstatic that her afternoon show “Sa Piling ni Nanay” continues to be the toprater in its slot even if a new show was pitted against it. “Nakakatuwa kasi hindi kami iniwan ng loyal followers namin,” she says. “Talaga naman kasing mas umiinit at mas tumitindi ang mga eksena namin ni Katrina Halili at tuwing maghaharap na lang kami sa eksena, lagi kaming nagkaka-pisikalan with matching sampalan at sabunutan na nagki-click nang husto sa viewers. Ang mga kasama naman all do a great job, sina Gabby Eigenmann, Jillian Ward, Nova Villa at si Mark Herras who just renewed his contract with GMA Network.”
“Thirteen years na ako sa GMA and whatever I have achieved up to this point, utang ko 'yun lahat sa kanila,” Mark says. “Kaya I didn’t hesitate to renew my contract and be a true blue Kapuso. Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa lahat ng suportang ibinigay nila sa akin since I joined Starstruck in 2003 and I’m ready to accept more challenging roles to prove to them na hindi sila nagkamali for renewing my contract.”
This week in “Sa Piling ni Nanay”, the truth about Jillian Ward as Katherine not really coming from an egg of Katrina Halili as Scarlet has been revealed. It’s not established that her real mom is Yasmien and she’s not just a surrogate. Because of this, Nova Villa as Matilda removed from Katrina all the property she’s supposed to inherit from her and transferred it all to the name of Jillian, with Mark as Jonas being the administrator.
This made Katrina so mad because she will end up a pauper when she’s been scheming after Matilda’s wealth all the time. When Nova has a heart attack, Katrina won’t help her at all but when Jillian came, Katrina is forced to take Nova to the hospital. She continues to try killing Nova but every time she does so, someone saves the old woman in the nick of time. As for Jillian, she is still mad at her mom Yasmien for leaving her then but her heart melted when she got sick and Yasmien took good care of her until she regained her health.
GMA GEARS UP FOR AN ALDEN-MAINE TV SERIES
ALDEN Richards is so lucky. For a non-professional singer, his album, “Wish I May”, has achieved 8 times platinum according to GMA Records, who has found a real gold mine in him. Not even true singers have reached that kind of status. No wonder he is now all set to release his next album, “Say It Again”, on October 10. Its first single, “Rescue Me”, is now available and it’s fast becoming a favorite of radio listeners. Before this, Alden will hold his first show in London on October 2 as part of GMA Pinoy TV’s promo tour.
Last night, his fans who have long been clamoring to see him on a primetime show were pleased as his character, the winged Mulawin called Lakan, finally appeared in GMA-7’s primetime hit, “Encantadia”, as part of the new changes instituted in the show. Director Mark Reyes said the remake or retelling parts have ended and, starting this week, “Encantadia” will start its sequel of all new stories and characters.
Alden as Lakan will be an ally of the Sanggres in their fight against the villains, Glaiza de Castro as Pirena and John Arcilla as Hagorn. Will Alden’s added presence in “Encantadia” help to boost the show’s ratings? We will find when the next results of the ratings come out.
We’re told Alden’s part will be with the show for the next three weeks. After that, GMA will be preparing his own primetime soap opposite his reel and real life girlfriend, Maine Mendoza, geared for an early 2017 telecast. Meantime, you can still continue to watch their love team as hosts of “Eat Bulaga”.
JASON'S LIFE CHANGES
JASON Dy is the grand prize winner of “The Voice Season 2”. Born in Butuan City on June 19, 1990, his parents separated in 2003 and he lived with his mom who then had to work in Singapore.
During the auditions in November of 2014, he impressed coaches Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Apl de App with his rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” using his skills in falsetto. He chose Sarah to be his personal coach and he went on to win the top prize.
How has his life changed since he won? “First, pinauwi ko na 'yung mom ko from Singapore so magkasama na kami, along with my younger brother. Nagkita na rin kami ulit ng father ko after I haven’t seen him for so long.”
Does his dad have a new family? “I don’t know. Hindi ko tinatanong at hindi rin naman namin napag-uusapan.”
He has also branched out into acting. “Yes, si Direk Ruel Bayani ang nag-offer to appear in ‘Be My Lady’, kasi ako 'yung kumanta ng theme song nila. Sabi ko, naku, hindi po ako marunong umarte. But he said, light lang 'yung role, so I did it and I appeared in three episodes.”
So would he want to act again? “Not now. Awkward pa ang acting ko. I need to take acting workshops muna. Focus muna ako sa music.”
On October 1, Saturday, Jason will appear “One Voice”, a concert at the Music Museum produced Hills and Dreams along with other “The Voice” winners, Klarisse de Guzman, his runnerup, and JK “Juan Karlos” Labajo, 3rd placer in “Voice Kids 1”. Directed by Frank Mamaril and with Marvin Querido as musical director, it will be a special treat to “The Voice” followers as this is the first time the three of them are performing together, brought to you by Silka, Circulan, Montosco, Happy Scrub, Jet7 Bistro, Fernando’s Bakery and others. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.
MOVIE REVIEW: BRIDGET JONES’ BABY
THE first Bridget Jones movie in 2001, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, about a year in the life of the title character hit all the right buttons so it was a big hit and it’s not surprising that a sequel came out in 2004, “Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason”, which was not as successful. Now, 12 years later, we have “Bridget Jones’ Baby”, as directed by Sharon Maguire who also helmed the first one but skipped Part 2.
The question now is whether Bridget’s story still has any appeal for millennials who want their romcoms to have younger stars. Renee Zellweger is now 47 years old while Colin Firth is 56 and Patrick Dempsey is 50. Will viewers under 30 still be attracted to watch them together in a movie? Well, we honestly hope viewers today will still give them a chance as the movie exceeds our expectations, being quite hilarious and entertaining.
We follow once again the tentative romance between Bridget (Renee), now middle aged and still a single lonely heart, and her true love, Mark Darcy (Colin). But since Hugh Grant refused to return in the new movie as the third wheel (his character Daniel died and Bridget even attends the funeral), his shoes are now filled in by Dr. McDreamy himself (Patrick.) Bridget is no longer dependent on a man just to achieve happiness in life and, whereas she used to have a battle with the bulge, she has now plateaued on her ideal weight.
Even if the second movie ended with her getting Darcy, it now appears that she lost him eventually and he’s now married to some other girl. She is now a successful TV producer who’s turning 43 and, to celebrate her birthday, she attends a musical festival where she meets a visiting handsome American love guru, Jack (Dempsey).
They have a one-night stand and, a week later, she meets Darcy in a children’s party and they also end up in bed. She later finds out she’s preggers, but who’s the father? She doesn’t know and for a while, she lets both Jack and Darcy think they’re the dad, until she can no longer hide it from them and they all participate together in doing pre-natal things while waiting for the stork’s visit.
Also back in the third edition are Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget’s parents, and Sally Phillips, James Callis and Shirley Henderson as Bridget’s friends who are married now while she remains to be a singleton. A new member of the cast is Emma Thompson (who helped writing the script) as Dr. Rawlings, Bridget’s gynecologist, and she tries to steal her scenes as much as she could. Also managing to steal some scenes of her own is Sarah Solemani as Bridget’s wild and wacky co-worker, Miranda. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran gamely appears in a cameo.
Reports about Renee’s face having changed so drastically seem grossly exaggerated and, in all fairness to her, she reprises her role well with her timing still impeccable. Colin remains to be the uptight and emotionally pent up Darcy while Patrick perfectly serves as his foil and gives quite a charming and relatable performance. All in all, “BJB” has much raunchier humor and takes potshots at social media and other references to contemporary culture, but the director manages to balance it off all quite nicely.