Friday, July 27, 2018

The marine world continues to be a source of folklore given that a whopping 95 percent of the planet’s oceans remain unexplored, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Unsurprisingly then, many creatures living beneath the waves have inspired monstrous fantasies, from the kraken mentioned in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick, to the Leviathan of biblical scripture.


The most famous of these aquatic myths is the mermaid, thanks to stories such as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid made famous by the animated film of the same name, as well as other pop cultural gems such as the 1984 movie Splash. These half-fish, half-human hybrids, unfortunately, weren’t always the demure creatures often depicted in today’s fiction.

In British folklore, mermaids were associated with doomed ships and stormy seas, which was why seafarers in the past avoided sailing in areas where they thought they saw these creatures. The English pirate Blackbeard once recorded an encounter in his logbook, which described how he and his crew had sighted these demi-humans in so-called “enchanted” waters.


While not fearsome-looking, mermaids might have conjured fear from sailors because of their association with another mythical beast, the siren. In Homer’s The Odyssey, sirens were winged women that sang hypnotic songs to lure sailors to their deaths. Over time, these attributes were passed down to mermaids, becoming part of their threat as much as their charm.

Speaking of charm, not all sailors believed mermaids were pretty. One of them was Christopher Columbus. The Italian explorer claimed to have witnessed these creatures while exploring the Caribbean and described them to be half as beautiful as the ones in paintings. That might have sounded mean, but only because what he and sailors at the time had been seeing were the gentle manatee or its cousin, the dugong. Both possess broad, mermaid-like tails as well as upper-body features that make these marine mammals easily mistaken for lumbering humanoids from afar—not quite the slender merfolk of fantasy.


The enchanting mermaid remains in our imagination reflecting our innate fear and desire for the unknown. In the American drama series Siren, this fear and desire come to life when mermaids suddenly surface to cause chaos in the fictional coastal town of Bristol Cove. Ever wondered how the world would react today if folklore turned out to be real? Catch the popular American drama series Siren every Monday at 9:45PM first and exclusive on Blue Ant Entertainment.

Other than mermaids, many popular nautical beasts also have their origins in real animals. One is the mighty kraken, which may have been based on sightings of the giant squid or the much larger colossal squid—both of which have been caught in video when they suddenly appeared off the coast of Japan and Antarctica, respectively. Another is the slithering sea serpent. Whether it’s the World Serpent of Norse mythology or the Ancient Greek monster Cetus, these creatures may have been inspired by sightings of the largest bony fish alive today, the oarfish. 07/27/2018 (TV Series Craze)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Expect no less than the best from GMA Network with the launch of the highly-anticipated and ground-breaking telefantasya, Victor Magtanggol.

Inspired by the Norse Mythology, the drama series features the country’s most respected and talented artists headlined by Kapuso prime actor Alden Richards who is all set to take on an extraordinary mission of protecting good from evil as Victor Magtanggol.



Making the series even grander are the actors in the mythological world: John Estrada as Loki, the god of deception who wants to get hold of the Mjolnir to use its power to create monstrous offsprings; Andrea Torres as Sif, the last wife of Thor and the golden-haired goddess of love and family who trains Victor how to control his powers and use the Mjolnir; Pancho Magno as Modi, Thor's son and the god of battle who will eventually be one of Victor’s greatest rivals; Miguel Faustman as Magni/Magnus, the other son of Thor who kept the Mjolnir and with the special participation of Conan Stevens as Thor, the god of thunder and owner of the powerful hammer, Mjolnir.

Joining the powerhouse ensemble are the important characters in Victor’s life: The Magtanggol Family of Victor with Al Tantay as Tomas Magtanggol, a loving father to Victor and his siblings; Chynna Ortaleza as Lynette Magtanggol-Domingo, the strict yet caring older sister of Victor; Dion Ignacio as Perci Domingo, the devoted and funny husband of Lynette; Lindsay De Vera as Anne Magtanggol, the kikay cosplayer and younger sister of Victor; Reese Tuazon as Honeylyn, Anne’s best friend; Yuan Francisco as Meloy Domingo, the sole child of Lynette and Perci and the first one to know the secret identity of his uncle Victor; and playing a very important role is Ms. Coney Reyes as Vivienne, the mother of Victor who got separated from him after a long time.

Playing equally vital roles are the members of the Regalado Family: Eric Quizon as Hector Regalado, the ambitious and hungry for power politician; Freddie Webb as Renato Regalado, the father of Hector; Maritoni Fernandez as Alice Regalado, the second wife of Hector; Kristoffer Martin as Lance Espiritu, the brooding and enigmatic stepson of Hector; and Janine Gutierrez as Gwen Regalado,  Hector’s daughter who becomes a field reporter covering news about Hammerman. Eventually, she falls in love with him.

Victor works as an OFW to look for his mother Vivienne (Coney Reyes).  He becomes friends with Magnus (Miguel Faustman), the curator of the museum where he works for. Magnus’ life will be jeopardized because of Loki (John Estrada). Victor will find out that Magnus is not a mortal being and he is the god Magni and one of Thor’s sons. Before Magnus dies, he will give Victor a magical compass that will lead Victor to a mysterious mountain. Victor will find an iron gauntlet that will allow him to use the Mjolnir, the powerful hammer of Thor (Conan Stevens).

Victor comes home to the Philippines and becomes Hammerman, the courageous superhero of his town. In his adventures, he battles monsters and form alliances with Norse gods in order to protect the people he loves from the schemes of Loki.

The creative team of the TV series is composed of headwriter Denoy Punio with writers Glaiza Ramirez, Ken De Leon, brainstormers Marlon Miguel, Erwin Bravo and concept creator Jules Katanyag.


Leading the team are creative director Roy Iglesias, creative consultants Suzette Doctolero, and Dode Cruz.

This original series, created by the GMA Drama group, is headed by the SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Program Manager Nini Matilac and Executive Producer Mona Mayuga.

Singing the theme song “Superhero Mo” is popular rap group Ex Battalion featuring Alden Richards.

Dominic Zapata, who has helmed top-rating GMA programs such as Mulawin, Darna, Captain Barbell, My Husband’s Lover and Alyas Robin Hood, directs Victor Magtanggol.

Witness the action-packed journey of the newest modern day superhero Victor Magtanggol beginning July 30 on GMA Telebabad.

Get the latest updates about Victor Magtanggol from the official Facebook page of GMA Drama www.facebook.com/GMADrama, Twitter account @GMADrama and the GMA Network website www.GMANetwork.com.

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com. 07/26/2018 (TV Series Craze)


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Friday, July 20, 2018

For the first time, Kapamilya hunk actor Zanjoe Marudo and "Kita Kita" breakthrough comedian Empoy theme up for another Star Cinema comedy film, "Kusina Kings.

In the movie, Zanjoe and Empoy shred themselves from their usual drama and rom-com genres as the two turn into a full blown comedians with a bit of action. What more, the two portray cooks who will compete for a certain title.

During our childhood, we used to watch similar Chinese or Asian action films focusing on cooking and fighting. Is this similar to the said old movies? What more could we expect on this newest Kapamilya movie offering? Are Zanjoe and Empoy cooking something new for the audience?




During the blogcon of "Kusina Kings" one rainy afternoon, Zanjoe, Empoy, and their director shared everything about this movie from the choice of the lead stars up to the type of food they were serve.

Are Zanjoe and Empoy the first choice for this film? Why did the director pick Nathalie Hart and Maxine Medina to be their leading lady?

Well, here is the full live video coverage of the movie during their blogcon. Let's all watch this:



Aside from their hilarious encounters and fight scenes, Zanjoe and Empoy also spoof some of the famous lines from the different hit movies which we will discuss in our next post.

"Kusina Kings" is set to hit the cinemas nationwide this coming August 2018! (07/20/2018) TV Series Craze


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Are nature documentaries too boring for your little ones? Worry no more, mommies and daddies! As the first preschool channel which is all about wildlife and conservation, ZooMoo brings excitement to learning by combining funny and adorable puppet characters, stunning animation, breathtaking nature videos, and interactive games that will help young children develop a love for animals. The channel is available on Solar Entertainment’s latest digital platform, EasyTV.


A collaboration between wildlife filmmakers and early childhood education experts from the University of Otago, New Zealand, ZooMoo features a lineup of more than 1,500 standalone episodes that are organized to make learning fun, easy, and effective for very young viewers.

The highlight of each show is the channel’s cast of funny animal puppet characters. Each furry friend has a unique personality, strength, and weakness the cast is able to overcome through teamwork. Some of these animal pals include the optimistic photographer Flash the dog, the wise and pedantic Owl, the skillful and expressive Ninja Gorilla, the inventive and adventurous Piglet, and the gentle giant Panda.




For additional content, the channel comes with a companion ZooMoo App that can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app lets kids explore a wildlife sanctuary called ZooMoo Island where they can look for and interact with up to 300 animals. Through the app, parents and their little ones can team up to complete games, puzzles, and other activities.

No Internet connection is required after the initial download, and parents don’t have to worry about in-app advertisements and purchases. ZooMoo’s ZooSync technology also enables users to sync their apps with the channel for more free content. Just run the app when a show flashes ‘ZooSync’ to receive gifts from the channel.




ZooMoo is available on EasyTV channel 9. Learn more about ZooMoo by visiting http://asia.zoomoo.tv/. Follow ZooMoo online by logging on to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/zoomooasia/, Twitter @ZooMooAsia, and Instagram @zoomooasia. 07/19/2018 (TV Series Craze)

About ZooMoo
ZooMoo is a collaboration between some of the world’s foremost wildlife filmmakers, early childhood educationalists and technology developers. Its programming engages and entertains children with the wonders of animals, to stimulate and develop their innate emotional connection with the natural world. Some of ZooMoo’s well-loved shows are Leo the Wildlife Ranger, Lost!, Clawdia’s Amazing African Adventure, Piglet’s Adventure Machine, and Ninja Pop.

About EasyTV
EasyTV is a set-top box (STB) with free-to-view TV service that delivers quality programming through premium and exclusive content. It offers 15 local and international channels that provide multi-genre programming, ranging from general entertainment, movies, music, sports, to travel and lifestyle. For more details, visit http://easytv.ph/.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

At The Overlook Film Festival that celebrates all things horror, thriller/horror film Still/Born won the “Scariest Film” upon its world premiere. Directed by Brandon Christensen, Still/Born tells the story of the perfectly happy life of newlyweds Mary (Christie Burke) and Jack (Jesse Moss) until they lose one of their twins at childbirth. The plot thickens when Mary develops psychosis after learning of a demon, “Lamashtu” who preys on newborns and their mothers. 


“The amount of attachment that happens between a parent and child is beyond anything I’ve ever imagined, and the thought of losing one is incomprehensible.” Christensen shares his thoughts about the concept, “So how does it feel when you lose one twin that you never met, but at the same time, still have the other one perfectly healthy?”

After the nominations at the British Columbia award program Leo Awards for “ Black Fly” (2014) and a role in “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” (2012), Christie Burke plays a phenomenal Mary as she depicts the depth of the mind of a mother stuck between two worlds. While four-time Leo-nominated and Best Male Lead in Canadian TV drama “Whistler,“ Jesse Moss captures the audience as he represents the perspective of a man who witnesses the love of his life become someone he can no longer trust.


Also among the cast are Michael Ironside, Rebecca Olson, Sean Rogerson, and Grace Christensen. Written by Colin Minihan of The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) and Brandon Christensen, Still/Born is rapidly becoming one of this year’s most compelling horror films. It debuted The Overlook Film Festival at horror’s most iconic hotel The Timberline Lodge and won SCARIEST FILM of the festival in 2017.

According to SLASHFILM, Still/Born “Elicited a genuine shriek from an audience member, a terrified, genuine cry of terror, the like of which I’ve never heard before during a screening.” while FRIGHTDAY reviews, “Hits terrifying notes, splitting its time between effective jump scares and chronic paranoia and dread.”

Still/Born is coming out in Philippine theaters on August 1, 2018, distributed by Cinescreen. 07/14/2018 (TV Series Craze)
 
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This July, nonstop drama and action return with the all newseasons of two top-rated crime drama series – NCIS: Los Angeles and Blue Bloods.



NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9 

The Naval Criminal Investigation Service’s Office of Special Projects takes on more undercoverwork and hard-to-crack cases in Los Angeles. Special agents G. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) an dSam Hanna (LL Cool J) lead their elite team of undercover operatives as they continue to fightthe most dangerous criminals the city has ever seen.Season 9 opens with the team sensing that Hetty (Linda Hunt) must be up to something covertafter  she  turns in  her  retirement  papers  and  disappears.   

Executive Assistant   Director ShayMosley (Nia Long) comes to Los Angeles to oversee the team and makes staffing changes.Immediately, she develops issues with Callen and company. Also, Sam insists that Callen find anew partner. 

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9 airs every Thursday at 9:50pm, first and exclusive on AXN.


Blue Bloods Season 8

The   Reagans,   NYPD’s  First   Family   of   Law   Enforcement,   are  back   in  the   limelight  as   theypassionately defend New York City from lawless elements. In the new season, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is thinking of retiring after the death of his wifeLinda in a rescue helicopter crash. But Erin (Bridget Moynahan) pleads with him to help her witha  case that involves  her ex-husband, Jack (Peter Hermann),  who has been  attacked in hisoffice. Jamie (Will Estes) and partner Eddie (Vanessa Ray) go undercover as a couple to bust ashady drug dealer. 

Meanwhile, Frank (Tom Selleck) protects one of his own as he clashes with the new mayor,Margaret Dutton (Lorraine Bracco), when he refused to release the disciplinary record of thepolice officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed woman shoplifter.

Blue Bloods Season 8 airs every Wednesday at 9:45 pm, first and exclusive on AXN. 07/10/2018 (TV Series Craze)


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