RICKY CALDERON

TV’S EVER EVOLVING ‘BUBBLE’

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Bubble Gang owns the bragging rights for being the longest running comedy gag show on Philippine television. The original concept turns its 21 this month, and as part of the celebration will pay to the Top 21 comedians in showbiz. This two-part TV special subtitled “21 Gang Salute” airs on…

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PLUS: Singer plays closeted gay in Cinema One Originals This year, the Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee introduced the most crucial policy change in selecting finalists for the commercial run and competition of the annual all-Filipino movie extravaganza. Instead of basing choices on screenplays, as had been the practice…

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Filipino-American filmmaker Anthony Diaz 5th is setting off for the prestigious Sundance film festival with Break, his full-length feature debut as writer-director-actor. “Most film buyers and distributors attend Sundance more than any other international film festival. So if you are accepted into Sundance, it’s the closest to hitting a home…

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PLUS: Ai-Ai’s movie ‘Area’ gets an A-rating Award-winning actress Eula Valdez revealed that she and her model-cum-actor boyfriend Rocky Salumbides have parted ways for a month now. She admitted this to a few members of media at the launch of the new GMA Network “Afternoon Prime” offering Hahamakin Lahat, where…

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The opening night of Sharon Cuneta’s two-night concert at The Theatre at Solaire on October 15 was a well-attended success. The audience in the orchestra section was predominantly from the AB crowd, who could afford to pay the stiff ticket prizes of P7,000 and up. Nevertheless, the ever loyal Sharonians—the…

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We saw our good friend Direk Louie Ignacio at the premiere of the movie Siphayo held at SM Megamall last week. He was in high spirits as he just came from the Eurasia International Film Festival held in Kazakhstan where his latest movie topbilled by Ai Ai delas Alas titled…

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The relentless campaign of the Duterte government against drugs has finally broken through the realm of show business. In the last two weeks former sexy actress Sabrina M and current starlet Krista Miller were caught in separate buy bust operations. On Monday night, the latest celebrity to fall was Mark…

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Award-winning filmmaker Joel Lamangan, who gave the industry such movies as The Flor Contemplacion Story (Best Picture winner and Best Actress for Nora Aunor at the Cairo International Film Festival), Pangako Ng Kahapon, and Felix Manalo, among others is celebrating his 25th year as director this year. The younger gene­ration…

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Before he became head of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Secretary Martin Andanar was first a TV broadcaster and executive. As he said when he met with members of the entertainment press on Wednesday, he is now on the opposite side of the fence. His task is to take care…

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The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has disapproved the public exhibition of the trailer of the short film TheRapist. The award-winning short film starring veteran actress Cherie Gil was directed by Diane Ventura and earmarked for commercial release on November 2. The date is also the supposed…

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