IT’S obvious that Susan Roces and Coco Martin have a special bond and mutual admiration with each other. At the presscon of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” for its first anniversary, Coco gave Susan a bunch of flowers, saying: “Lola, lahat po ng bumubuo ng FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, mula sa amin sa cast, hanggang sa Dreamscape, sa ABS-CBN, maraming-maraming salamat po sa pagmamahal at pagtitiwalang ipinagkaloob nyo po sa amin. Dahil po sa inyo kaya nabuo ang FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. I love you!”
Susan says in turn: “Maraming salamat, Coco. Kayo ng Dreamscape ang gusto kong pasalamatan dahil binuhay ninyo ulit ang alaala ni FPJ. Those who have followed the movies of FPJ, alam nyong naging adhikain niya ang ipakita that good always triumphs over evil. Karamihan sa inyo, marahil ay hindi n’yo pa napapanood ang mga pelikula ni FPJ. Tinatanaw kong malaking utang na loob ang inspirasyon na hinugot ni Coco sa mga pelikula ni FPJ. Isa lang siya sa iilan na nag-appreciate ng action movies ni FPJ at dahil diyan ay natuklasan niya ang FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. Maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga nanonood at sumusubaybay, at ang aming pasasalamat sa ABS-CBN at sa Dreamscape na isinabuhay nilang muli ang obra ni FPJ.”
When Ethel Ramos asked Coco “How much are you worth now?”, it seems Coco didn’t get it and it was even Susan who answered for him: “Coco is priceless.”
The star-studded grand first anniversary of “Ang Probinsyano” will be held at the Big Dome this Saturday at 8 p.m. The entire cast will perform special numbers along with their special guest stars so don’t miss it.
KATRINA ONE OF THE MOST HATED ACTRESSES
KATRINA Halili is happy to co-star with Assunta de Rossi and Jay Manalo in “Higanti”. “I had fun doing the movie kasi parehong napakagaling nina Assunta at Jay,” she says. “Abangan n’yo ang confrontation scenes namin ni Assunta at mga pasabog talaga. Masama ang loob niya sa’kin sa story dahil ako ang piniling pakisamahan ni Jay at hindi siya. The movie will be shown in Milan, Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai and other countries. Isasama raw ang cast so sana naman, isa ako sa mga makasama sa screenings abroad.”
On TV, Katrina remains to be one of the most hated characters as Scarlet in “Sa Piling ni Nanay”. She locks Jillian Ward as Katherine inside the trunk of her car and forbids her to see Yasmien Kurdi as Ysabel who brought a cake along as it’s Jillian’s birthday. Katrina throws away the cake and this results into another hair pulling session with Yasmien. After Yasmien has left, she frees Jillian and forces the girl to eat the cake that crumbled on the ground.
Nova Villa as Matilda regains consciousness after her stroke. Katrina becomes so afraid that Matilda will reveal the truth of all the evil things she has done in their family. She goes to the hospital and ruthlessly kills Matilda by covering her face with a pillow so she can’t breathe. Yasmien is on her way to Matilda’s room by then. Will she be able to witness the dastard deed that Katrina did to Matilda?
MOVIE REVIEW: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME for PECULIAR CHILDREN
WHETHER he’s doing family-oriented children’s stories, comic book adaptations or dark mystery flicks, Director Tom Burton is best known for his gothic and outlandish filmic styles, as seen in “Edward Scissorhands”, “Beetlejuice”, “Batman” (1989 version), “Sleepy Hollow”, “Corpse Bride”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Alice in Wonderland”.
His latest movie is “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, based on the best-selling novel for young adults by Ransom Riggs. The story seems like a twisted fairy tale about gifted children who are considered outcasts and living together in one house that will remind you of “X-men” combined with a coming of age story with a teen hero ala-Harry Potter on a journey of self discovery, plus the time travel element thrown in.
The film is told from the point of view of 16-year old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield of “Hugo” and “Ender’s Game”). As a boy, his grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp, looking so old and wrinkled here compared to the movie we remember him best, “The Collector”), would tell him personal tales about World War II and the special home for kids with supernatural abilities where he lived as a teenager.
One night, Jake comes home and sees his grandpa dying because of a monstrous creature no one else but him can see. He is brought to a psychiatrist to help sort out what is real from what is not in his grandpa’s stories that are deemed fantasies.
With his dad, he leaves their home in Florida to travel to an island in Wales hoping to visit Miss Peregrine’s sanctuary for odd kids. He somehow finds a way to see the fabled home, but it is now in ruins after having been bombed during the war. But wait, something magical will happen as he travels back to 1943 through the time travel trick called Loop, which gives Miss Peregrine (Eva Green, who has worked before with Tim Burton in “Dark Shadows”) the capability to make herself and her wards wake up every morning of September 3, 1943, and they never grow old, ala-”Ground Hog Day”.
Jake meets the peculiar children of the title. While it is Jake who moves the story forward, it’s Miss Peregrine, who can transform into a bird, and her wards that provide the movie’s most amusing moments. Among the children, the one with the biggest role is Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell, the young Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent”), who defies gravity so she has to wear heavy metal shoes for her not to just float away. Then there’s also Olive (Lauren McCrostie) whose hands can induce fire, a little girl who is super strong, another girl who can make plants and trees grow, a boy who can spew out bees from his mouth, an invisible boy, a teen boy who can move objects, a girl who has a big mouth with sharp teeth at the back of her head, and others. Each of them get their own heroic moment in the course of the movie.
The film’s main villain is Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), who has sharp jagged teeth and no eyes. He and his ferocious cohorts called Wights and Hollows eat the eyes of peculiar children to survive. In the climactic finale, the Wights and Hollows fight with skeletons who come from a sunken ship brought to the surface by Emma. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie shows Emma taking Jake under the sea to visit the ship and blowing out the water away so they can have air inside the submerged ship.
The movie is a bit long at more than two hours and some parts could have been hastened to quicken the pacing, but all in all, it’s a pretty engrossing storybook adventure that would appeal to both children and their parents. This is a trilogy of books but the first movie doesn’t end on a cliffhanger as the plot threads are all resolved. Now that the movie is the number one release last week at the U.S. box office, there is no doubt that a sequel would eventually be in the offing.