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Thursday, September 18, 2014

BPI Opens Search for Ibang Klaseng Anak Expats

There are regular students and there are exemplary students. And there are students who excel despite living away from their parents who work overseas. These are the OFW children who braved against distance and dependence and become Ibang Klaseng Anak Expats.

Ikaw, ibang Klase ka ba? This is the challenge posed by Bank of the Philippine Islands to Anak Expats nationwide as it launches the 2014 Search for the Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children. Now on its 8th year, the Search continues to be one of the most prestigious awards given to children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or “Anak Expats” who excelled in the academic and non-academic fields.

“We recognize the significant roles and sacrifices of our OFWs. We extend this recognition to their families as we continue to honor their children who excel in their studies despite being distant from their parents. Our Anak Expats are our OFWs source of strength and inspiration. Truly, our Anak Expats have been Ibang Klase and deserved to be honoured,” says BPI Executive Vice President Natividad N. Alejo.

This year, BPI introduces a new application process accessible online. The Search is now made available in a popular platform fit to the young generation, who are always online and on-the-go.
The nationwide Search is open to college students not more than 21 years old, with no failing grade and with a parent currently holding a work contract abroad. Ten students will be awarded in the Ibang Klaseng Talino, Ibang Klaseng Community Leader, Ibang Klaseng Entrepreneur, and Ibang Klaseng Artist/Athlete categories. To date, 70 awardees already made it to the roster of the exemplary Anak Expats.

Interested applicants can visit or

FOOSBALL: THE UNBEATABLES opens in Philippines ahead of US Release

The local movie-going audience will soon be treated to an early release date of the English-dubbed family adventure movie “Foosball: The Unbeatables” as it opens this October 1 in cinemas nationwide, months ahead of its U.S. release.

Originally entitled “Metegol” in Argentine-Spanish and voiced with native Argentinian talents, the movie is known in the US as “Underdogs” and has also used the title “Unbeatables” in other international territories such as the Philippines.

“Foosball: The Unbeatables” is Juan José Campanella’s first cinematographic project since he was awarded the Oscar® for “The Secret in Their Eyes” while Sergio Pablos, creator of the original idea for “Despicable Me” and supervised “Rio” is the Animation Head of the movie.

The movie’s English-dubbed voice cast is headed by “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint as the film’s hero- Amadeo, along with Anthony Head (who also starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Darren Boyd, Diego Ramos and promising new actress Eve Ponsoby. Additionally, well-known British TV thespians– Alex Norton (“Taggart”), Peter Serafinowicz (voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace”) and Scottish comedian Lewis MacLeod, an ex-player for Scottish club Rangers – join the movie as the Foosball soccer player figurines who come to life to help Amadeo.

The film tells the story of Amadeo, a shy table soccer genius whose foosball figures come alive to help him save his local town and win his childhood sweetheart, both threatened by a preening soccer mega-star. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ. Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that the Champ stole from them. Football is the stage on which this story of love, respect, friendship and passion is played out.

The movie received cheers and bows when it was featured as the opening film in the last Spanish Film Festival held at San Sebastian. A coproduction of Hispano-Argentinian, Jorge Estrada Mora Producciones, Plural Jempsa and Atresmedia Cine, in association with 100 Bares Producciones and Catmandu Entertainment, in association with CANAL+ and Telefe, with the participation of Antena 3 and La Sexta, the production team of “Foosball” created animation anew with its unique look and visual style.

Gaston Gorali, “Foosball’s” producer and co-writer guarantees that the movie was produced with careful attention to details. “The technological demands that Foosball required deserve a separate chapter. The project required more processing of data than what it is normally used in a bank with millions of customers, but thanks to the collaboration of great technology partners such as HP, Intel and Telefonica to have overcome such obstacles in completing the movie,” says Gorali.

Kick against the odds when “Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens October 1 in local theaters nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

Kaya Scodelario's Unexpected Arrival In THE MAZE RUNNER

In the highly anticipated action-adventure “The Maze Runner,” based on the hugely successful book series of the same title by James Dashner, Kaya Scodelario stars as Teresa in the movie within the midst of teenage boys confined in a place called The Glade where she is the only girl in the mix and where they have no idea who they are except for their names.

Teresa’s arrival into the mysterious Glade takes her fellow teenage captives by surprise: she’s the first girl in their midst. It’s immediately apparent that she has a connection to Dylan O’Brien’s Thomas; a connection that may well explain the Gladers’ confinement. Teresa came into the Glade just right after the movie’s lead protagonist, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) – among the boys, only both of them have repetitious dreams of a mysterious organization of which only the acronym WCKD flashes within their memories.

“The Maze Runner” opens up on a vast space where teenage boys thrived for three years, each having their own group and responsibilities to attend to in order to survive. Within The Glade is the mysterious, dangerous and massive maze where predators await. All of the boys have awaken inside an elevator that has ascended from somewhere that led them into The Glade and has since then accustomed and resigned themselves to survive. Until the last of them was delivered, alas, Teresa, a girl has finally found her way into the Glade.

“Teresa is every bit as tough as the guys,” Scodelario affirms. “She’s independent, feisty and tough and definitely has a ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ vibe.” Moreover, says Ball, “she’s every bit as mysterious as the Glade and Maze, and when she comes up on that elevator, it all goes really bad.”

Kaya Scodelario came to mainstream attention via British TV’s with her first role in E4’s SKINS, which started in 2007. Then 14, Scodelario had never acted before, but she overcame nerves at the audition and became one of the show’s most enduring characters, starring alongside Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell in the show’s four seasons.

She appeared in her feature film debut in 2009, in Duncan Jones’s sci-fi indie “Moon,” and followed it up in 2010 with roles in “Shank” and “Clash of the Titans.” She earned critical plaudits for her turn as Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s stripped-back retelling of “Wuthering Heigths” in 2011 and starred alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in the romantic drama “Now is Good” in 2012.

“The Maze Runner” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Marriage Under Media's Scrutiny In GONE GIRL

The bestselling page-turner “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gets film treatment from director David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in acclaimed hits “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” where Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as the afflicted couple when the Mrs. disappears on the day of their fifth year wedding anniversary.

One of the most anticipated movie of the season, “Gone Girl” is also written for the screen by the book’s author (Flynn) that explores a troubled marriage and how the media played a major part on Nick and Amy’s marriage. Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife Amy (Pike) is nowhere to be found on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Nick and Amy are both journalists when they met each other at a party in New York, Nick a writer for a magazine while Amy writes personality quizzes for different publications. After getting married and with the surge of online publishing, both eventually lost their jobs leading them to move to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage to take care of his ailing mother and father. They easily slipped into their new life, Amy being home most of the time while Nick opened up a bar with his sister Go (Carrie Coon) and secured a teaching post in the local college.

Nick’s usually quiet town is suddenly abuzz when Amy disappeared on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. In his usual morning routine, Nick goes to The Bar and Amy stays at home. Hours later, Nick receives a call that prompted him to come back home but couldn’t find Amy anywhere near their house. Confused, Nick found broken glasses, overturned coffee table and streaks of blood all over the house. But clearly no sign of broken doors and windows.

Once news from the neighbourhood broke and reached the media, Nick finds himself under the court of public opinion where media anchors and reporters try to interpret and report whatever details they picked up from the investigation. As the investigation deepens, Nick and the police slowly discover clues left by Amy, in the tradition of their yearly anniversary and tried to use it to get to the bottom of Amy’s disappearance. The investigators, Amy’s parents, friends and the media guess that Nick is the prime suspect of his wife’s curious disappearance . Even worse, Nick has to fend off attacks from a talk show host whom everyone in town believes in and all other national media reporters who stalk him everywhere trying to get him to admit to his wife’s disappearance.

Find out what happened to Amy when “Gone Girl” opens in cinemas nationwide on October 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

The Maze Runner, Now Running In Cinemas!

Can W.C.K.D. be good? Find out in the thrilling and out-of-your-breath action adventure film “The Maze Runner” starring a group of amaze-ing young boys and a girl – headed by Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper and Kaya Scodelario.

Directed by Wes Ball, the movie opened in Philippine cinemas (last September 17) with fever-pitch anticipation from movie enthusiasts especially from the young adult crowd from whom the book has enjoyed immense success catapulting it to one of YA bestselling series of all time.

In the movie, Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, they call it the Glade, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Within the glade stands a massive series of walls that forms a dangerous maze where their only hope to escape lies at the end of each cluster, but the walls change every single day, as such they assign runners, the fastest of the bunch to track and take mental notes of the maze’s secrets.

“The Maze Runner” also brims with a cast full of talent within its action-packed and visually stunning production, director Ball and producer Wyck Godfrey assembled an impressive cast to form a highly functional society as they perform their daily jobs, look out for each other and engage in power struggles as they try to solve the mystery of the Maze. Godfrey says, “The casting was one of the most exciting things about the project. The actors really believed in this world, and we went far afield to find them.”

Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien is the boy who takes that step forward when everybody else takes a step back. He’s curious and comes to learn that he is just one of many who have come up on that elevator once a month over a three year period.

The leader of these Gladers is Alby, who’s the closest thing to a father figure. “Alby is the main dude,” says Ball. “He was the first Glader, the first boy sent up the elevator, and he had to survive an entire month by himself not knowing where he was and without any help. Then the next guy showed up. Alby figured out that order and discipline were necessary to survive in this world. He’s very protective of it.”

Thomas’s nemesis in the Glade is Gally. Smart and intimidating, Gally wants to maintain the status quo and clashes with the new arrival. “But Gally and Thomas are really two sides of the same coin,” notes Ball. “Thomas fully embraces and charges into the unknown and Gally is all about self-preservation and keeping things safe and normal.”

Alby’s lieutenant, Newt, is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (voice of Ferb in “Phineas and Ferb”), who appears in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and first gained attention for his performance in “Love, Actually.” Newt walks with a limp that’s not fully explained because it’s something he’d prefer not to talk about. Nevertheless, Brodie-Sangster says the character is “the fun one of the group, the one that everyone gets along with. The Gladers come to Newt with their problems because they like and trust him.”

British actress Kaya Scodelario plays the only young woman among the Gladers, Teresa, who has a mysterious connection with Thomas. Having made her name with the UK TV series Skins, Scodelario impressed the filmmakers by being “one of the guys,” as Godfrey puts it. “She’s badass, which is what you need to be if you’re going to be thrust into the world of the Glade with all these young men.”

The elite among the Gladers are called Runners, whose athleticism propels them through the Maze each day, which helps them compile a map of the foreboding structure and, maybe, figure out a way to escape. Their captain is Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee. The young actor grew to understand his position of leadership among the Gladers in a very individual way. “I looked at the Marines and the Army and, and I consider Minho like a general of the Gladers,” Lee explains, “It’s his job to rally the troops.”

“The Maze Runner” is now playing in cinemas across the Phils. from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

Children's Classic Story Alexander and the Very Bad Day Now a Disney Comedy

Walt Disney Pictures expands the 32-page children's classic book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst into a family comedy starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

Inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” was published in 1972. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book.

“The book has a wonderful following,” says Miguel Arteta, who directed the big-screen adaptation. “So many people grew up with it in the ’70s, remember it fondly, and now, as parents, are reading it to their kids. It resonates with people because it makes it okay to admit that sometimes things aren’t going to go your way.”

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the beloved children’s classic. Filmmakers knew Alexander’s day would have to get much worse than the original 32-page picture book. “How do you take a short picture book and make it into a full feature film?” asks producer Lisa Henson. “The idea for the film adaptation was to use the story in the book as the first act of the movie. The second two acts of the film had to be a completely original storyline set during a second day that is even worse than Alexander’s first terrible, horrible, very bad day.”

Enter Rob Lieber, a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts film program, who had adapted children’s and young adult books like “Septimus Heap” and “Jeremy Cabbage” into feature scripts. “What everybody loves about the book is that it is about a kid who seems to have a dark cloud over him,” says the screenwriter. “He feels like he can do no right and everything’s going wrong. I think most of us have felt the same way some days, so I really identified with Alexander. He was having a bad day and his family couldn’t understand what he was going through. That was the spark for the rest of the film’s story.”

Filmmakers, while keeping the spirit of the book, opened up the bad-day potential to the rest of the family. “We wanted this to be a family movie that parents would enjoy as much as their kids,” says producer Dan Levine. “So each of the other family members—the brother, sister, parents, even the baby—endure their own special disasters for the day.”

“I have four kids myself and we’ve had lots of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days,” adds producer Shawn Levy. “We wanted to make a movie that’s ultimately funny and sweet in the way that a family can unite around a catastrophic 24 hours.”

“There’s a sense of safety when it comes to family,” says Arteta, “though it’s easy to lose track of that sometimes when everyone is wrapped up in their own lives.”

Arteta treats the film’s disasters with his signature independent moviemaking style—infusing a blend of irreverent humor and enough heart to keep viewers invested in the characters’ off-road adventures. “There’s something very madcap, hectic and delicious about day two in the movie when everybody is having a terrible day at the same time,” he says. “Every family can relate to that feeling of chaos.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 15, 2014, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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