PEP EXCLUSIVE: Star Cinema offerings for 2009

Maricel Soriano (left) and Vilma Santos (right) will bestarring in their respective comeback films to be released by Star Cinema during the Yearof the Ox.

Love Me Again
(Land Down Under), the firstmovie of Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin together, marks the end of the 15thyear anniversary of Star Cinema.

The film production outfit of ABS-CBN produced a total of 8 films in 2008. These are: My Big Love, Supah Papalicious, When Love Begins, For the FirstTime, Caregiver, A Very Special Love, My Only You, and Ang Tanging InaN'yong Lahat.

Four of these films were included in the Top Five movies for 2008, according to keycontact persons from SM Cinemas and Robinsons Movieworld. (Click HERE to read related article.)

For 2009, what other milestones can the public expect from the film outfit of the Kapamilya Network?

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) scheduled an exclusive interview with keypersons of Star Cinema, namely Star AdProm director Roxy Liquigan and Star Cinema& TV Synergy Specialist Mico del Rosario to discuss their plans for theYear of the Ox.

"This year, ise-celebrate naman namin yung anniversary ng TFC [The FilipinoChannel]," reveals Roxy. "This 2009 is the 16th anniversary ng TFC."

Mico then pointed out, "May play of numbers, kasi 16 yearsna ang Star Cinema this 2009 and we have a Vilma Santos movie. Remember nungnag-celebrate ng 16th anniversary and MMK [Maaalala Mo Kaya], it was allVilma."

Vilmanians will surely be proud to learn of this lucky coincidence.

The Vilma Santos movie mentioned is the Olive Lamasan film(still untitled) that will be shot in New York. In a previous interview withPEP, the Star for all Seasons revealed that 60 percent of the film will be shotin the Big Apple and will be screened by September 2009.

This will serve as her comeback film after appearing in Mano Po 3released four years ago by Regal Entertainment.

The three main characters of the film, Ms. Vilma, Luis Manzano, and John LloydCruz will be shooting in New York by March.

YOUTH-ORIENTED FLICKS. Sarah Geronimo and John LloydCruz will thrill their fans once again when they topbill You Changed My Lifea Moment. Roxy announced that the sequel of A Very Special Love willbe screened in cinemas nationwide starting February 25, 2009. "Grabe angclamor para sa reunion movie nilang dalawa. Part 2 ito ng A Very SpecialLove."

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, the sequel of AVSL will introduce a newcharacter to be played by Rayver Cruz, who happens to be linked to the popstarprincess.

Another youth-oriented film is the horror film starring four of ABS-CBN'shottest stars. "We're doing a horror movie with Shaina Magdayao, Jake Cuenca,Geoff Eigennman, and Maja Salvador," says Roxy.

This project (which has the working title Estrella) will be directed byRico Maria Ilarde, the man behind the horror flicks Sa Ilalim ng Cogon andAltar. Both of these films have been screened in international filmfestivals.


MARICEL SORIANO COMEBACK. Aside from Ate Vi, MaricelSoriano will also be making her comeback on the big screen via the horror movieT2 (short for Tenement 2).

"Tapos na ang T2, post-production na lang siya," reveals Roxy."Nag-e-edit na lang si Direk Chito Roño. It stars Maricel and child actressMika dela Cruz, yung kapatid ni Angelika dela Cruz."

Derek Ramsay will play Maricel's husband while John Lloyd Cruz and Malaysianactress Carmen Soo will have cameo roles in the film.

Roxy describes T2 as a true-blue Chito Roño film that will follows inthe footsteps of the highly successful horror movie Feng Shui (2004)starring Kris Aquino.

SAM MILBY AND BEA ALONZO TEAMUP. This year, moviegoers will be treatedto a new love team: Sam Milby and Bea Alonzo. They are tapped to appear in thefilm And I Love You So, which is the story of a young widow (Bea) who isleft behind by her husband (to be played by Derek Ramsay).

It will be directed by Laurenti Dyogi, who is currently the business unit headin charge of ABS-CBN's reality shows. Roxy adds, "Napilit namin syang gumawakasi lagi na lang siyang reality shows. Sabi namin gumawa naman siya [ng movie]at napapayag naman namin."

Direk Lauren's last film was Now That I Have You (2004) starring JohnLloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

ANIMATED FILMS? Is Star Cinema planning to venture into animation?

The head of Star Ad Prom responds by saying, "We have plans ofdoing so, may plano for this year pero fina-finalize pa ang script niya."

Are they inspired to take this path because of the release of other animatedfilms like Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia and Urduja?

"No, before pa naman talaga may plano. Nagkataon langlumapit yung Ambient Media. Maganda naman yung konsepto. Fina-finalize pakasi siyempre gusto namin yung mga artista ang mag vo-voice diyan, yung mgahindi ineexpect na mag v-voice sa animation, mga sikat na artista."

COMEDY RULES. Based on the research done by PEP, it seems that Filipinomoviegoers prefer to watch comedies compared to other genres. Do they thinkthat this trend will continue in 2009?

"Ang hinahanap ng tao ngayon, they want to laugh,"explains Roxy. "It should be a fun year. Ikaw ba gusto mong manood ng isangdepressing film? Even sa United States, ano ba yung mga nag-hit? Di ba yung YesMan (starring Jim Carrey) saka Four Christmases, yun yung gusto ngtao ngayon."

With all these films in the offing, Star Cinema is gearing up for a very busy 2009.





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