• Paolo Ballesteros to wear gown at Tokyo Film Fest



    PLUS: The ‘Baes’ get their own show; and the woes of a possibly battered young actor-boyfriend    
    Don’t look now but Paolo Ballesteros might just steal the show from international celebrities at this weekend’s Tokyo International Film Festival.

    A person close to Paolo intimated to Showbuzz that the Eat Bulaga host and comedian has decided to wear a gown and show off his expertise in make-up transformation as he walks the red carpet of what is said to be the most prestigious international film festival in Asia.

    The actor flew to the Japanese capital on Wednesday where his film Die Beautiful is set to compete in the festival’s main competition—one of the rare times a Filipino movie has been included in the premiere category.

    Paolo Ballesteros and Dennis Trillo

    Paolo Ballesteros and Dennis Trillo

    Continued our source, Paolo is toying with the idea of dressing up as very popular Hollywood actress, whose identity is under wraps. Nevertheless, the talented chameleon is said to be choosing from two fabulous gowns made for him by top Filipino designers for his transformation.

    Showbuzz’ source went on to clarify, however, that Paolo will only dress like a woman on the red carpet, and has a tuxedo especially for Die Beautiful’s gala premiere.

    Before he left for Tokyo, Paolo graced the premiere night of his latest rom-com, Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend, where he shares lead billing with Dennis Trillo and Anne Curtis, under Viva Films. Uniquely too, the premiere was simultaneously held on Tuesday at two venues, namely Glorietta in Makati City and Megamall in Mandaluyong.

    Making time for a quick chat with Showbuzz, Paolo shared that his lengthy break from Eat Bulaga—a six-month suspension for ranting on Facebook about a disorganized production—turned out to be very productive. During that time, he was able to finish four movies including Die Beautiful, Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend? and Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers.

    These days, Paolo is just happy to be back on the set of the top-rating noontime show, where he gets to bring on the laughs with the “Dabarkads,” as well as promote his movies as they are shown.

    He also expressed excitement over the wedding preparations of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza as “Kalyeserye” continues. He swears he “feels the kilig” just as much as the fans and can’t wait to see what will happen to AlDub’s love story.

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    Alma Moreno and Derrick Monasterio

    Alma Moreno and Derrick Monasterio

    As Showbuzz visited the taping of GMA Network’s new comedy-fantasy series Tsuperhero on Tuesday, I noticed that Alma Moreno can already afford to smile these days, following our very emotional interview about her son Mark Anthony.

    She engages in conversations with her co-stars, and even gives suggestions to the show’s directors on how best to tackle their scenes for the show.

    “I’m better now,” she acknowledged. “Of course, I’m still hurting because of what happened to Mark but I’m putting my full trust in the Lord. I’m just thankful that Mark is alive and nothing bad has happened to him since his arrest. No one has beaten him up in prison and he is safe. Our lawyer is now dealing with the situation.”

    Alma still chooses to stay in Pampanga most of the time to personally attend to Mark’s needs. On days when relatives are not allowed to visit inmates, she returns to Manila to check on her other children.

    “It’s a good thing my regular taping days also fall on days when visits aren’t allowed, so I can devote my entire time for work,” Alma added.

    She intimated too that whenever she sees Derrick Monasterio, who is Tsuperhero’s lead star, she can’t help but think of Mark.

    “He’s as kind-hearted and as sweet as Mark,” Alma shared. “Even his character in the series as a very loving son to me, that’s all Mark. I told Derrick that too and I can really identify with my role as a loving mom to a loving son.”

    On Derrick’s part, he is all praises for his screen mom. “She is very professional. The moment she steps onto the set, it’s work mode. She even helps me be more relaxed in our scenes together. She teaches me what to do that’s why I’m now comfortable with her.”

    The actor added, “You won’t even think she is going through a difficult phase in her life right now. That’s how professional she is. I really feel she doesn’t want burden to her co-stars and the production either. On our end, we respect her privacy and we don’t discuss anything with her when it comes to Kuya Mark.”

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    ‘Eat Bulaga’s’ Baes get biggest break in GMA’s ‘Trops’

    ‘Eat Bulaga’s’ Baes get biggest break in GMA’s ‘Trops’

    All the six “Baes” of Eat Bulaga’s dance group “That’s My Bae” are on cloud nine. They just received their biggest break in showbiz and are set to appear as the lead stars of a new morning series titled Trops. The youth-oriented show will start airing this Monday, 11:30 a.m. on GMA Network, just before Eat Bulaga.

    The six goodlooking guys are getting very good support in the show from co-stars like Benjie Paras, Ina Raymundo and Irma Adlawan. They are, of course, surrounded by beautiful young ladies like Ruby Rodriguez’ daughter Toni Aquino and newcomer Kate Lapus who is a dead ringer for Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Ann San Jose. And yes, she can also sing!

    Asked who their idols in showbiz are, the six Eat Bulaga heartthrobs apparently have their own favorite Kapuso stars whose footsteps they would like to follow. Bae Jon wants to emulate Rafael Rosell who, like him didn’t know how to speak Tagalog at first but can now speak the language fluently. Bae Jon admires Jose for being so funny while Tommy would like to be another Alden Richards.

    That’s my Bae grand winner Kenneth looks-up to Dingdong Dantes. Ditto with Miggy Tolentino, while Bae Joel would like to be another Dennis Trillo.

    When it comes to ladies, the six baes also have their own crushes. Among the names they mentioned were Julie Ann San Jose, Marian Rivera, Ina Raymundo, Gabbi Garcia and Bianca Umali, who is Kenneth’s biggest crush.

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    GUESS WHO? The father of a young actor is said to be so annoyed at a young actress [YA1] who is his son’s secret girlfriend. The father feels for his son because he has fallen so hard for her. A lot of times, he says he can see that his son feels stifled by YA1 easily gets jealous of another young actress [YA2], who happens to be their co-star in a daily series. Whenever the scene calls for the young actor to embrace YA2, YA1 makes sure her boyfriend feels what happened doesn’t sit well with her, even if it’s just for the camera! YA1 will start nagging the young actor who simply accepts all the hurtful words she hurls at him.

    Is it also true that one time, YA1 went as far as hitting the young actor very hard on the back? Isn’t he too goodlooking to be a battered boyfriend?

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    SHORTS… Congratulations to Ai-Ai delas Alas who is receiving a medal from Pope Francis. Not many people are given this Papal Award known as “Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice,” or “For Church and Pope.” Quietly, the Comedy Queen has been helping many parishes and many people, which earned her the rare recognition from the Vatican.

    …Julie Ann San Jose is still mum when it comes to her relationship with Benjamin Alves. Here’s her answer when you ask what’s the score, “What you see is what you get.”


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