Liam Neeson stars in new action flick "Cold Pursuit"

Liam Neeson is back with a vengeance in a heady mix of rage and dark humor in “Cold Pursuit”.
Infused with irreverent humor, “Cold Pursuit” sees Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels’ search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one of Viking’s associates “disappear,” Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing — and no one — get in his way.
Just named Citizen of the Year for his services in keeping the roads open to the remote town, Coxman’s life swiftly spirals into amateur retribution and an escalating pile of corpses when his son (played by Micheál Richardson) is mistakenly killed by local gangsters over a stash of missing drugs. All he knows about killing people is what he read in a crime novel, but Coxman sets off with a sawn-off hunting rifle, and unwittingly begins a chain of events that will include a snowbound turf war, kidnapping, two rival crime lords and a host of hoodlums with colorful nicknames like Maverick, Mustang, and Smoke.

Catch Liam Neeson in a wicked new territory when “Cold Pursuit” opens February 13 in theatres nationwide (PH) from Axinite Digicinema.

AksyonTV Redefines Action As "5 Plus," to relaunch on January 13, 2019

5’s sister channel AksyonTV is set to relaunch as “5 Plus” on January 13, 2019. This will give the network a complete overhaul of the channel’s look, aimed at visually communicating its new identity. A young, dynamic design language was developed to represent the new programming and target audience. Music identity and sonic branding were also created to complement the visual changes of the channel.

5 Plus will act as a secondary channel to 5, primarily serving atypical sports and sports-related content and showcasing action geared towards a younger, more adventurous audience. Vincent P. Reyes, President and CEO of TV5, has this to say: “We are excited to start the new year with the launch of 5 Plus. The intent was to create a home for what we call atypical sports – titles with a highly engaged audience base that don’t typically receive visibility of this scale. Expanding our sports coverage also enables us to attract a new audience: the younger sports fan. 5 Plus aims to serve content that resonates with the pace of their active lifestyle, and is in line with their varied interests. The combination of both 5 and 5 Plus allows us to cement and expand further our foothold in sports.”

For extreme sports enthusiasts, 5 Plus will cover the X Games, featuring sports like freestyle BMX and skateboarding. For esports buffs, 5 Plus will air some of the biggest international esports tournaments, along with the highly-anticipated The Nationals, featuring games such as Dota 2, Mobile Legends, and Tekken. For college sports fans, 5 Plus will broadcast the National Basketball Training Center League (NBTC), the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC), and more. Meanwhile, the simulcast of Radyo5 news programs airing on AksyonTV will be transferred to its new home on CIGNAL.

With its expanded repertoire, 5 Plus aims to complement 5’s main channel; as the latter will continue to promote more established sports like basketball, volleyball, and boxing, among others. A selection of 5 Plus’ atypical sports coverage will also be made available online via http://www.tv5.com.ph and on 5’s various social media platforms.

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Welcome the new year with these new Starbucks Teavana Beverages

This 2019, embrace the spirit of innovation and reimagination as Starbucks introduces four new Teavana beverages – Oat & Green Tea Latte, Oat & Green Tea Frappuccino, Peach Black Tea Latte, and Chestnut Black Tea Latte.
For those with a love for all things Matcha, Starbucks offers two invigorating Green Tea beverages. Warming customers up for the season is the velvet smooth Green Tea Latte infused with Oat Matcha powder and sprinkled with colorful, crunchy granola and fruit topping. The Oat and Green Tea pairing also come in a more indulgent Frappuccino variation topped with coffee whipped cream, crunchy granola, and dried fruits.
A bolder and more intense tea flavor will surprise those sipping Starbucks Teavana Black Tea Lattes because of its pure, finely ground, and unsweetened black tea. The Black Tea Lattes which are part of the new Starbucks Teavana line are Peach Black Tea Latte made with creamy steamed milk, black tea, and hints of peach flavors and the Chestnut Black Tea Latte combined with decadent roasted chestnut sauce, smooth black tea, and steamed milk and topped with chestnut praline and freeze-dried strawberry toppings.
These new drinks will be available at Starbucks PH from January 8 – February 18! Grab the newest beverages and enjoy a modern tea experience unlike any other.

The Kid Who Would Be King opens in PH cinemas on Jan 23

A retelling of the Arthurian legend for the iPhone generation, “The Kid Who Would Be King” is a thrilling adventure for the young and the young at heart.
“The Kid Who Would Be King” follows the adventures of an average school kid Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) draw Excalibur, the magical sword of King Arthur, from a building site and go on a magical quest — with pals old and new — to save Britain from the forces of darkness. Standing in the gang’s way is malevolent enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), King Arthur’s half-sister, whose belief that the sword is rightfully hers has twisted her to evil. Buried in a tree in the bowels of the Earth by Arthur and his magician Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart/Angus Imrie), Morgana looks to take back the sword using an army of undead knights and her terrifying ability to shapeshift, buoyed by a deep conviction that she is the true heir to the throne.
Opening very soon from 20th Century Fox this January 23.

ESPN5 teams up with the National Cheerleading Competition for a “Fearless” Season 14

Leading sports network ESPN5 gives Filipino sports fans something to cheer for, as Season 14 of the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) kicks off with the South Luzon Qualifiers, to be held on October 6 at Robinson’s Mall, Las Piñas.
This event will activate a series of qualifying tournaments where over 300 teams will vie for the chance to compete at the 2019 Nationals, the annual Cheer, Dance, and Drumline Competition of the NCC, which will be held on March 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. 
The NCC also seeks to elevate Filipino cheerleaders to international acclaim with Team Pilipinas. As the official representative of the International Cheer Union, the recognized world governing body for cheerleading, this NCC-groomed team participates in competitions in Asia and Oceania, as well as the World Championships to be held in Orlando, Florida in 2019.
Last April, the Team Pilipinas delegation was composed of athletes selected from the different high schools and universities that compete at the Nationals. Assumption College and Poveda Juniors competed for cheer hip-hop and the Junior Championships respectively, while the All-Girl and Co-Ed Elite Teams were drawn from students from NU, Ateneo, UST, De La Salle, FEU, Holy Spirit, Miriam, St Paul Pasig, and other schools.
ESPN5 will be present throughout this journey, covering the regional qualifiers through Sportscenter Philippines, and The Nationals live on free TV.
Season 14 will carry the theme ‘We Are Fearless’, a quality which epitomizes each and every cheerleader who shakes off the fear, takes risks, and exceed limits. It also represents the bold steps the NCC takes into recognizing the strength and resiliency of Philippine cheerleading.

NCC Head Carlos Valdes with TV5 President Chot Reyes
As Founder Carlos Valdes states: “In a real sense, the NCC is just like the sport of Cheerleading.  It requires courage over anxiety, resolve over doubt, discipline over comfort. You really have to be fearless.”
‘Fearless’ also defines ESPN5’s mission of elevating Philippine sports to international heights. TV5 President Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes shares: “Our network remains steadfast in its role of supporting every Filipino athlete as they represent our country on the world stage; in line with this is our active pursuit to expand awareness for our breadth of local talent, and the different sports in which they excel. It was only natural for us to continue our partnership with the NCC as they pursue their vision of advancing cheerleading as a sport in the country.” 
“ESPN5 has stayed true to its mission of bringing great sports content to Filipinos. With their world-class content delivery platforms, we are elated to have them on board for the whole season of the NCC, and together with the journey of Team Pilipinas”, Valdes added.
For news, schedules, and tournament information visit the official NCC website at http://www.nccphilippines.com.ph.

Check out this must-have Starbucks celestial siren themed anniversary collection

Here’s a treat for Starbucks merchandise collectors this September – Starbucks reimagines the biggest symbol of its brand with the release of its limited-edition Anniversary Collection. Themed the “Celestial Beauty of the Undersea”, the artwork has ethereal qualities with the siren swimming in a sea of stars.  
As for its Anniversary Blend which started in 1996 to commemorate its 25th year, Starbucks celebrates its legacy of coffee roasting, blending expertise and craftsmanship with a bold fusion of aged Sumatra, Papua New Guinea and Indonesian coffees blended together and roasted. The result is a complex and full-bodied cup with spicy and earthy flavors that surprises with each sip. Available in whole bean and VIA® format.
Along with the Anniversary Blend is the special Anniversary Collection which includes a wide array of merchandise catered to varied tastes. As part of its celestial theme, the line features a palette of cool shades of blue and white with hints of copper. The Siren artwork engages customers with its playful and alluring deep-sea elements, and provides a layer of whimsy to the collection.
Another tribute to the mythical sea creature is the limited edition Anniversary Blend Card that features the siren’s blue-green tail with copper gold detailing that comes with a minimum activation of ₱500.
Photo credit: Starbucks Singapore 

Catch relentless action and a thrilling hunt in The Predator

From veteran action director Shane Black and producer John Davis (who also produced the original and subsequent Predator films), man’s most formidable adversary once again reaches Earth in “The Predator”.
In the latest movie, Predators have been coming to Earth and hunting humans for some time now, and it’s no longer quite the secret it was.  The government has established a defense agency dedicated solely to protecting humans from a Predator incursion.  Project Stargazer was initially conceived of as a high-tech, top-secret government lab in which captured Predators could be studied.  Scribe Fred Dekker says, “But in the back-story, the government needed some kind of plausible deniability, so they put it in the hands of the CIA.” But when Traeger, played by Sterling K.  Brown, takes over operations, he privatizes Stargazer to profit from Predator technology.
Davis recalls what first drew him to the Predator, more than 30 years ago: “It was the idea of the hunter.  It was the idea of this creature from another planet that hunted the greatest game and would go from planet-to-planet for that sport, and the American Commando and group of guys in the jungle that represented that.  And in the end, he was outsmarted and defeated, so even though the Predator had great brawn and weaponry, there was an ingenuity and a desire to survive in man that made it a fair fight.”
In addition to writing a slate of sensational movies, including Lethal Weapon, and directing films such as Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, director Shane Black is also an actor, perhaps best known for the role of Hawkins in Predator, the 1987 classic directed by John McTiernan.  But, says Black, “The Predator in this film is the deadliest and scariest one yet.”
The director brings forth Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, a retired Special Forces army ranger turned mercenary in the thick of relentless thrilling action.  He says, “The original Predator was legendary, so it’s an honor and a privilege to get to come back with Shane after 30 years and reinvent this thing.”
Because of the training he’d begun to shoot his previous film, Holbrook was in great shape.  He recalls that while working on “Logan,” he met a stunt man.  “He was an ex-sniper out of SEALs.  McKenna is Special Forces Army Ranger, but you’re splitting hairs at that point.  I was fortunate enough to hang out with the guy and he got me on the beach at 5AM, in the water, running, and training.  I did that for a couple months.  What I truly believe is that the preparation is all about the conditioning of that person.  There’s a gauntlet of things that make up these people.  I thought it was really important to get that sensibility of how these guys have this morbid sense of humor.  These guys are really a fascinating group of men.”
“The Predator” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

Starbucks, Teach for the Philippines improve students’ lives, one classroom at a time

For many Filipinos, education plays a vital role in improving the quality of life. Despite this, many children struggle with their studies as they find themselves in tightly-packed, poorly-ventilated classrooms with dilapidated tables and chairs.
The Department of Education (DepEd) estimates around 29 million students are attending classes this school year, an increase from the 27 million enrollees last year. As the student population continues to grow because of the K-12 program, the classroom shortage and inadequacy of school facilities has become an urgent issue that the country faces.
Teach for the Philippines (TFP), a non-profit organization that provides Filipino children with access to quality education by providing teacher support and development has been helping address classroom shortage and inadequacy with the help of their Renovate to Educate (rED) program. This enables TFP to connect education champions with public schools who need help in classroom and facility rehabilitation.
“Helping improve their learning environment is just one of the ways in which we hope students will be excited to go to school and learn,” said Clarissa Delgado, TFP co-founder and CEO. “Quality education is what will propel our children to succeed in life, and it’s when we work with like-minded partners like Starbucks that we can make this possible.”
Starbucks Philippines, a TFP corporate partner, recently helped refurbish the facilities of Pateros National High School in Metro Manila and Col. E. De Leon Elementary School in Parañaque City. The volunteer Starbucks partners (employees) were tasked to rebuild classroom chairs and tables, repair classroom doors, repaint comfort rooms and even fabricate blackboards and bookshelves.
“We recognize the importance of education in our country and we see an opportunity to support this through Teach for the Philippines,” said Noey Lopez, Starbucks Philippines president.

For the past four years, Starbucks Philippines has been supporting TFP through various initiatives, including the yearly Starbucks Planner promotion. Through their partnership, fourteen (14) public schools from Manila, Laguna, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro City have been renovated and rehabilitated, with the help of more than 800 Starbucks partners (employees).
“It has always been a passion of mine to help people especially those who are in need. Fortunately, Starbucks is able to connect us with our community through Teach for the Philippines and Renovate to Educate. Through each build activity, I feel that I have made a difference by creating a better environment for the future generation”, said Ana Mendoza, store manager, Starbucks Reserve 14 Jupiter.
Now, more and more Starbucks partners look forward to rED events as they deepen their commitment to help grow communities and improve lives.
Aside from rED events, Starbucks Philippines also supports TFP’s Fellowship Program wherein young leaders are enlisted as Teacher Fellows to teach in public schools for two years; as well as Flipped, a program wherein public school students are brought on educational trips.
With Renovate to Educate, Starbucks Philippines and Teach for the Philippines remind us that “education is everyone’s responsibility” and that we should all be doing our part in making a positive impact.

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS GOES TO CBRC DREAM THEATER

The CBRC Dream Theater presents the Cinema One Originals for the whole month of August 2018. For this month, the brave new stories of C1’s prized film festival will have a run here in Morayta, accessible to the U-Belt and España schools for the price of only PhP 150.00.
Explore the wonderful narratives of Cinema One Originals, from the well-spun tales of aswangs and supernatural beings (SALVAGE & LILY) to unconventional romances (THAT THING CALLED TADHANA, BAKA BUKAS, BAKA SIGURO YATA & CHANGING PARTNERS), from coming-of-age (2 COOL 2 BE 4GOTTEN) to tales of mature adventures (SI CHEDENG AT SI APPLE), plus award-winning new classics that have won numerous awards here and abroad (MISS BULALACAO, DAYANG-ASU & ANG BABAENG HUMAYO). This special run will be capped by a screening of CBRC’s very own MAESTRA. Indeed, a celebration of indie spirit will commence this month at the CBRC Dream Theater.


Below is our official film line-up:
THE CBRC DREAM THEATER
AUGUST 2018 SCHEDULE
August 8, 3 PM: Salvage (Sherad Sanchez, 2015)
August 8, 6 PM: Dayang Asu (Bor Ocampo, 2015)
August 9, 6 PM: Lily (Keith Deligero, 2016)
August 10, 6 PM: Baka Siguro Yata (John Elbert Ferrer, 2015)
August 11, 6 PM: That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone, 2014)
August 12, 6 PM: Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz, 2016)
August 15, 6 PM: Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury, 2015)
August 16, 6 PM: Si Chedeng at si Apple (Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada – 2017)
August 17, 6 PM: Si Chedeng at si Apple (Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada – 2017)
August 18, 6 PM: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (Petersen Vargax, 2016)
August 23, 6 PM: Baka Bukas (Samantha Lee, 2016)
August 24, 6 PM: Changing Partners (Dan Villegas, 2017)
August 25, 6 PM: Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz, 2016)
August 29, 6 PM: Maestra (Lem Lorca, 2017)
August 30, 6 PM: Maestra (Lem Lorca, 2017)
August 31, 6 PM: Maestra (Lem Lorca, 2017)
Ticket Price: PhP 150.00

A Short Film Haven: CBRC Dream Theater’s U-BELT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL


Nowadays, the short film feature has achieved extreme prominence as short infomercials and promos in social media while being neglected and forgotten when they are screened in moviehouses. It seems netizens have forgotten that cinema as we now know it originated from short film features. And while it has screened numerous feature length films since its opening last June 22, 2018, the CBRC Dream Theater will host its first U-Belt Short Film Festival on the 4th and 5th of August, 2018.

The upcoming U-Belt Short Film Festival will be all about Pride and the LGBTQIA++ community, a belated screening after June’s Pride Month. It will feature 8 award-winning short films from all over the Metro tackling various subjects in the spectrum of society.
Here is the official line-up for the U-Belt Film Festival:
BAG by Chris Cahilig
ANG HIGH SCHOOL AT SI OLIVE by Keana Trasporte
A LETTER TO THE PERSON I HAVE MET ON TINDER by James Fajardo
PINOY TRANSKINGS by Dean Airo Dancel
SLAY by Cha Roque
ALINDANAW by Rod Singh
WHAT I WOULD’VE TOLD MY DAUGHTER IF I KNEW WHAT TO SAY BACK THEN by Cha Roque
MARK & LENNY by Gio Potes
The screening is just a kickstart for more future showcases of short films. And along with its upcoming Mano-Mano Theater Festival, the U-Belt Film Festival is not just a regular showcase of accomplished works. It also proves that the CBRC Dream Theater is a potential home for artists who need spaces to feature their work.
FREE ADMISSION! Catch the first U-Belt Short Film Festival on August 4 & 5 (6PM) at the CBRC Dream Theater, the newest home for short films. The CBRC Dream Theater is located at 3F Carmen Bldg, 881 G Tolentino St, corner (BDO) España Blvd, Sampaloc Manila

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