Entertainment News (01/15/21)

To All the Boys: Always and Forever now streaming on Netflix

THE FINAL installment of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film series, based on the Jenny Han books of the same name, dropped on Netflix on Jan. 12. The final film follows Lara Jean (played by Lana Condor) as she prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood. A pair of life-changing trips leads her to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter (played by Noah Centineo) will look like after graduation.

Romantic comedy film Miss Q&A drops music video teaser

THE UPCOMING romantic comedy Miss Q&A: Para Sa Magaganda Lang Ba ang Love Life? has released a music video teaser featuring the song “Halika” written and performed by Seth Dungca. The film, which has no release date as of yet, tells the story of a romantically frustrated pageant trainer and public relations maverick (played by Kakai Bautista) who goes on a blind date with a handsome photographer (played by Zoren Legaspi). The screenplay was written by John Bedia in collaboration with Lemuel Lorca and Chris Cahilig. The song is also available for streaming on Spotify.

Google, CANVAS launch anti-misinformation magazine #YOUTHink

GOOGLE and the Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) partnered to launch #YOUTHink, a local magazine that aims to help in ending misinformation through media literacy education. The magazine will be distributed for free to 5,000 youths in disadvantaged communities all over the country. Filled with data and case studies, the 42-page magazine comes in a fun and creative zine-style format to engage young readers. It covers several topics such as the types of misinformation and their negative effects, why context matters, how to identify a fact from an opinion, and how to avoid falling for fake information. Stickers are also included with every copy of the magazine. Contributing writers include former COMELEC commissioner Luie Guia; infectious diseases specialist Dr. Edsel Salvana; scientist, and radio and TV speaker Dr. Reina Reyes; Ateneo de Manila University assistant professor of Philosophy Dr. Jacklyn Cleofas; and UP professor specializing in research on political communication and news media effects Dr. Clarissa David.

Leon Gallery online auction features photos of Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala

LOCAL art gallery Leon Gallery is holding its Leòn Exchange Online Auction 18 on Jan. 23 and 24 starting 11 a.m. The weekend event features art, prints, jewelry, and watches on Day 1: The Collector’s Vault, and furniture, objets d’art, silver, glass, porcelain, and china on Day 2: The Heiress’ Homes and Tables. Taking top-billing are three unconventional flower and plant photographs by business tycoon and photographer Jaime Zobel de Ayala. Also in auction are three glass sculptures from Ramon Orlina, works by National Artists Napoleon Abueva, Eduardo Castrillo, Arturo Luz, and Vicente Manansala, and pieces from Pacita Abad, Angelito Antonio, Norma Belleza, Prudencio Lamarroza, and David Medalla. Works from contemporary artists such as Pam Yan Santos, Geraldine Javier, Kawayan de Guia and Max Balatbat are also featured. The preview exhibit will be open to the public starting on Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Leòn Gallery in Warehouse 14, La Fuerza Compound, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. To join the auction, visit www.leonexchange.com and register as a buyer. Visit www.leon-gallery.com or contact info@leon-gallery.com or call 8856-2781 for more information.

HBO Go streams new films from Anne Hathaway and Seth Rogen

ROMANCE and comedy movie junkies can tune in to HBO GO for the newest films of Anne Hathaway and Seth Rogen, Locked Down and An American Pickle, respectively. Locked Down is a romantic comedy starring Ms. Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as estranged lovers who end up stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Cohabitation is proving to be a challenge, but fueled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it brings them closer together in the most surprising way. The film premiered on Jan. 14. Meanwhile, An American Pickle follows Herschel Greenbaum (played by Seth Rogen), a struggling laborer who immigrated to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his family. He is preserved in pickle brine for 100 years in a workplace accident and eventually wakes up in the streets of present day Brooklyn.

Twitter kicks off 2021 with a New Year list campaign

TO KICK off 2021 on a strong note, Twitter launched the #NewYearNewList campaign and partnered with creators in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand who will share their New Year’s resolutions and people that inspire them through Twitter List. From Jan. 13 to 15, they will also encourage, help and guide people on how to create their own Twitter Lists to include accounts that can motivate them to achieve their new year’s goals. In the Philippines, Twitter engaged creators like Keiko Necesario-Cubil, Coeli San Luis, Cyrill Acuña, Alexa Asahina, and Een Mercado to share their Twitter Lists. These creators cover a diverse range of topics, from entertainment, arts, and gaming. To exchange further ideas about their #NewYearNewList with fans and followers, they will also host Q&A sessions during the campaign period.

Japan Fiesta is now online 

The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines announces the return of Japan Fiesta 2021 – New Year on Jan. 18-24, from 9-10 p.m. The flagship event that promotes the friendship between Japan and the Philippines now goes online, with the weeklong celebration to be streamed live via Facebook, and available on playback via YouTube (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JapanFiesta/ and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3AEcUefz34D9ECcMABgb4g ). The online event will feature Japanese culture, tourism, cuisine among others, and promote the best of Japan to Filipinos. Catch Japanese drum group MICO, MNL48, Mona Gonzales, Zen monk and musician Yakushiji kanho Kissaquo, HPN3, Kuya Sawa, Beverly, Junna Tsukii, Carlos Yulo, Japanese performance collective enra, Team Kramer, JaiGa, Fumiya and many more during the festival. Viewers will also get a chance to win gifts by participating in special games. Visit https://japanfiesta.ph and pre-register for more details about the online fiesta.

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