A 'TOAST' TO PIOLO

How a shot of alcohol helped the dramatic actor through the toughest scenes Peter O’Toole did it, and so did Martin Sheen, as well as Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and even Kiera Knightly. Take a swig or a shot of alcohol, that is, before shooting a movie’s big scene. These are the names that will pop up on a Google search of famous actors who need a different kind of “sprit[tual] boost” on the set, and will shortly include the Philippines’ very own Piolo Pascual once this article goes online. It was box-office director Olivia Lamasan (The Mistress, In My Life, Madrasta) who spilled the beans on the handsome dramatic actor when she shot the behind-the-scenes special of their Valentine’s movie, Starting Over Again, which opens on February 12. Recalling her first time to work with the actor in the movie Milan (2004), the director affectionately related that Piolo confessed to her that he downed a glass of red wine before shooting the film’s climax.

ALSO: Kris Aquino has message for James Yap

Amid the success of her son's movie debut with "My Little Bossings," host Kris Aquino expressed reservations about James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. starring in another film. Speaking with reporters shortly after the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night on Friday, where the comedy flick won 3rd Best Picture, Aquino said that she wants Bimby to finish his studies before venturing into another project. "Wala," she said, when asked if a new film is lined up for her son. "Si Bimby kasi nag-aaral. Ayaw ko naman masisi later, kasi alam niyo naman na hindi kami okay nung tatay, baka masabi na napabayaan ang pagaaral. Eh 'yun naman ang responsibilidad ng nanay." "Pinangako ko sa kanya (Yap) na kung ano 'yung pinuhunan at kinita ay sa trust fund ni Bimby 'yun," Aquino said, referring to the earnings of her son's film. A production among her eponymous firm and three other companies, "My Little Bossings" grossed some P50.4 million on its first day alone. During the interview on Friday, a reporter noted that Yap is set to hold a block screening of the film, which also co-stars Aquino, Vic Sotto, and Ryzza Mae Dizon. "Buti naman na supportive na siya of Bimby," Aquino said. "He'll be proud of how well his son performed. Siguro naman pag nakita niya, siguro naman matutuwa siya lalo na na makikita mo 'yung anak mo na performing well at bumait.

BASKETBALL BREAK: Big Game James Yap leaves behind struggles with big shot

James Yap was struggling in Game Five when he got the shot at redemption. Ordinary players in the same situation normally shy away from that big moment. But not Big Game James. The former two-time MVP was shooting 2-of-14 from the field down to the final 13 seconds of the see-saw battle. But Yap, who missed a triple that could have sent Game Four into overtime at the buzzer, suddenly found himself with the ball again. His defender Mac Baracael was two feet away from him. He got the open look. And he did not hesitate. Redemption came with only 13.4 seconds left in Game Five as the Mixers grabbed the lead, 78-76. Yap’s second three-pointer of the game was enough to rattle Brgy. Ginebra in the endgame that saw LA Tenorio uncharacteristically implode. The Mixers won the game, 79-76, and more importantly took a 3-2 lead, just a win away from back-to-back Finals trip. “In the old days, this team would go to Alvin (Patrimonio) at the post. Nowadays, we go to James (Yap),” Cone said during the post-game interview. “Mark (Barroca) knew James is an option.” Yap was on his way to another bad game but that big shot dramatically changed everything. It was the kind of shot that boosts his confidence heading into Game Six where the Mixers aim to close out the series. “Kailangan pag may bad game ka sa series, kalimutan mo talaga eh. Move on ka talaga lagi lalo na pag ganitong sitwasyon,” Yap said.


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A ‘toast’ to Piolo


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MANILA, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 (MANILA TIMES) by Tessa Mauricio-Arriola Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor - How a shot of alcohol helped the dramatic actor through the toughest scenes Peter O’Toole did it, and so did Martin Sheen, as well as Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and even Kiera Knightly. Take a swig or a shot of alcohol, that is, before shooting a movie’s big scene.

These are the names that will pop up on a Google search of famous actors who need a different kind of “sprit[tual] boost” on the set, and will shortly include the Philippines’ very own Piolo Pascual once this article goes online.

It was box-office director Olivia Lamasan (The Mistress, In My Life, Madrasta) who spilled the beans on the handsome dramatic actor when she shot the behind-the-scenes special of their Valentine’s movie, Starting Over Again, which opens on February 12.

Recalling her first time to work with the actor in the movie Milan (2004), the director affectionately related that Piolo confessed to her that he downed a glass of red wine before shooting the film’s climax.

“Tinanong niya sa akin kung anong gagawin niya doon sa scene where he had to make a wish,” Lamasan said in the clip. “I told him, close your eyes, tapos, umikot ka ng umikot, hanggang sa pag-bukas mo, makikita mo si Claudine [Barretto]. He did it perfectly and pagkatapos ng take, nanginig siya. Sabi niya, ‘Inang, uminom ako ng wine kanina.’ And to this day, that remains to be one of my favorite movie scenes.”


With director Olivia Lamasan and co-actor Toni Gonzaga

Smiling sheepishly when the lights came back on following the VTR, Piolo admitted to The Manila Times that while his latest movie—where he is paired with Toni Gonzaga—is a romantic-comedy, he had to resort to the unconventional acting method all over again for “the big confrontation.”

“Binuko na naman ako ni Inang eh,” he laughed, using the term of endearment Lamasan’s actors call her. “There was a scene in the movie between myself and Toni, which was really intimidating. ‘Yun yung confrontation scene [that’s partly running in the trailers]. Nakakahiya man sabihin, pero pumunta ako kay Inang before shooting tapos sabi ko, ‘Inang, dinadaga ako.’ And I had to ask her permission kung puwede akong uminom ng konti, parang noon sa Milan, para mabigyan ko ng tamang timpla yung eksena—because I owe it to the character.”

In Starting Over Again Piolo plays the role of Marco whose heart was broken by a much younger Ginny (Toni), only to cross paths with her again after a very long time. The former lovers find themselves with major unfinished business to settle at very crucial points in their lives.

A different kind of love story, Starting Over Again takes the huge risk of debunking the prevailing notion that for every romantic film, everything should end up happily ever after for its characters. Ultimately, according to Lamasan, the movie aims to communicate the fact that every choice in life has a rippling effect that one must inevitably accept and not everyone is blessed with a second chance to love.

Admitting that the project is very much lighter than his last two movies—the critically acclaimed political action-drama OTJ and 24/7 In Love where he played a mentally challenged character—Piolo said there were three factors that led him to accept the role of Marco.

First is his reunion with Lamasan, who is arguably one of the most accomplished master storytellers in Star Cinema; the second reason being the realistic storyline of Starting Over Again, despite its rom-com label; and finally, his much awaited opportunity to work with Toni Gonzaga in a full-length movie, 13 years after they appeared in what is now regarded as an iconic commercial on Philippine TV.

Remember the soft drink commercial where a sprightly high school girl shouted, “I love you Piolo!” to the top of her lungs?

“This pairing is long overdue,” remarked Piolo. And he promises movie-goers, it will be well worth the wait.

Starting Over Again is part of Star Cinema’s continuing 20th anniversary celebration. It opens on February 12 in cinemas nationwide.

FROM ABS-CBN

Kris Aquino has message for James Yap By Vincent Paul A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 12/28/2013 9:40 PM | Updated as of 12/29/2013 1:51 AM


Kris Aquino, accompanied by son Bimby Yap, Jr. and 'My Little Bossings' co-star Ryzza Mae Dizon, accept the award for Best Original Theme Song at the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night held Friday. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - Amid the success of her son's movie debut with "My Little Bossings," host Kris Aquino expressed reservations about James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. starring in another film.

Speaking with reporters shortly after the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night on Friday, where the comedy flick won 3rd Best Picture, Aquino said that she wants Bimby to finish his studies before venturing into another project.

"Wala," she said, when asked if a new film is lined up for her son. "Si Bimby kasi nag-aaral. Ayaw ko naman masisi later, kasi alam niyo naman na hindi kami okay nung tatay, baka masabi na napabayaan ang pagaaral. Eh 'yun naman ang responsibilidad ng nanay."

Aquino and Bimby's father, basketball star James Yap, were married in civil rites in July 2005. Their marriage was declared null in February last year, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.

Early this year, the former couple figured in a legal feud, with Aquino alleging Yap of "amorous advances." The actress sought a protection order against Yap for her and on behalf of their son, but eventually made a compromise when it comes to visiting Bimby.

"Pinangako ko sa kanya (Yap) na kung ano 'yung pinuhunan at kinita ay sa trust fund ni Bimby 'yun," Aquino said, referring to the earnings of her son's film.

A production among her eponymous firm and three other companies, "My Little Bossings" grossed some P50.4 million on its first day alone.

During the interview on Friday, a reporter noted that Yap is set to hold a block screening of the film, which also co-stars Aquino, Vic Sotto, and Ryzza Mae Dizon.

"Buti naman na supportive na siya of Bimby," Aquino said. "He'll be proud of how well his son performed. Siguro naman pag nakita niya, siguro naman matutuwa siya lalo na na makikita mo 'yung anak mo na performing well at bumait.

So thank you, James. God bless. Peace."

FROM PHILSTAR

Big Game James leaves behind struggles with big shot By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated February 9, 2014 - 6:00pm 14 76 googleplus1 0


San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap shoots over Brgy. Ginebra counterpart Mark Caguioa. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – James Yap was struggling in Game Five when he got the shot at redemption. Ordinary players in the same situation normally shy away from that big moment. But not Big Game James.

The former two-time MVP was shooting 2-of-14 from the field down to the final 13 seconds of the see-saw battle. But Yap, who missed a triple that could have sent Game Four into overtime at the buzzer, suddenly found himself with the ball again.

His defender Mac Baracael was two feet away from him. He got the open look. And he did not hesitate. Redemption came with only 13.4 seconds left in Game Five as the Mixers grabbed the lead, 78-76.

Yap’s second three-pointer of the game was enough to rattle Brgy. Ginebra in the endgame that saw LA Tenorio uncharacteristically implode.

The Mixers won the game, 79-76, and more importantly took a 3-2 lead, just a win away from back-to-back Finals trip.

“Wala kang choice kundi itira, ganun naman talaga sa basketball eh. Importante talaga itong game na ito. Buti nakuha namin,” said Yap, who was swarmed by reporters after emerging from the dugout.

Yap was not even thinking of that missed shot at the buzzer in Game Four when he received the pass from Mark Barroca, who was the first option in the play designed by San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

“Naisip ko na lang nung na-shoot ko,” Yap said. “At least pambawi.”

Cone likened that big shot to the game winning plays of Alvin Patrimonio when he was still the face of the franchise in the 90’s.

“In the old days, this team would go to Alvin (Patrimonio) at the post. Nowadays, we go to James (Yap),” Cone said during the post-game interview. “Mark (Barroca) knew James is an option.”

Yap was on his way to another bad game but that big shot dramatically changed everything. It was the kind of shot that boosts his confidence heading into Game Six where the Mixers aim to close out the series.

“Kailangan pag may bad game ka sa series, kalimutan mo talaga eh. Move on ka talaga lagi lalo na pag ganitong sitwasyon,” Yap said.


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