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Do Not Judge the Women in the film ‘Book Club’


Basing on the title—‘Book Club’ itself, this 2018 American romantic-comedy flick directed by Bill Holderman, (his directorial debut) from a screenplay by him and Erin Simms—one could easily hint that this is the film version of the musical parody of the 2015 American erotic-romantic-drama film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel; and was based on the 2011 novel of the same name by British author E. L. James.

In the musical production, there were three women as members of a book club, but in the film version—it features Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends in their 60s who read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as part of their monthly book club, and it changed how they view their personal relationships.


Keaton is Diane, Fonda is Vivian, Bergen as Sharon and Steenburgen as Carol. The four actresses are impressive and fortunately, they’re more than enough to bring the material alive and entertaining as RottenTomatoes.com have put it. They are joined by Andy García as Mitchel, Don Johnson as Arthur, Richard Dreyfuss as George, Craig T. Nelson as Bruce. Also in the cast are Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton, Wallace Shawn, Tommy Dewey, Ed Begley Jr., and Mircea Monroe.

Are the four leads the women that Gloria Steinem has described as: ‘Brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that made them moving beyond words’?

Catch this ‘Ultimate Tita Movie’, which is set to open on Wednesday, March 30 in cinemas nationwide and is distributed locally by Reality Entertainment.

Mae Cruz Alviar talks about ‘Must Date the Playboy’

(An Exclusive Interview)

Direk Mae Cruz Alviar directs the first original StarFlix on ABS-CBNmobile. Photograph courtesy of Direk Alviar's facebook account.

Direk Mae Cruz Alviar directs the first original StarFlix on ABS-CBN mobile. Photograph courtesy of Direk Alviar’s facebook account.

‘Must Date the Playboy’, ABS-CBN mobile’s first-ever StarFlix original film is one of the many things that Kapamilyas must take advantage with as it features the blockbuster loveteam of Kim Chiu and Xian Kim or KimXi (as coined) under the direction of Mae Cruz Alviar; as it premiered on Monday, August 31. This exclusive film, which is created specifically for Kapamilyas and for ABS-CBNmobile subscribers to enjoy quality entertainment at anyone’s leisure.

Alviar admitted that it was a challenge for her, “Since this is a maiden project of ABS-CBN Mobile’s StarFlix, it was a challenge for me in determining the format. It’s like a mix of TV and film. It’s new for me because I’ve never done anything like this.”

StarFlix Movie: An Advantage Rather than a Disadvantage!

Despite the fact that there are a lot of shows offered by ABS-CBN, the mobile film is not even in competition with the rest of the shows and the films it has produced and will be producing in the future. In fact, it has created more venues or platforms for its valued patrons and subscribers to have a variety of choices to spend one’s free time.

Direk Mae added, “So far, it is an advantage. The viewers can watch it at their convenience. There’s no screening time to catch. Just watch when you feel like watching it.

“There are also no advertisements that get in the way of the viewing experience. You can also watch it over and over again if you wish.”

In working with Kim and Xian, Again.

This is not the first time that Alviar has worked with the KimXi tandem. She has considered both not just as her artists, but as friends, too. She has also observed that, “They (Chiu and Lim) have matured more both professionally and in their personal lives. Though they have worked well together in the past, I see how their relationship has leveled-up.

“The change I noticed is that they are more comfortable with each other. Kinda like an old couple dynamics. They’re more honest about feelings and there’s a deeper understanding of each other. They are still so supportive of each other but this time with more sensitivity to each other. At work Kim is more playful and makes ‘kulit’ to Xian. She helps him loosen up. Xian on the other hand, has his serious moments and I see how he influences Kim that way. I see how they balance each other out.

Alviar’s Advice to Women Dating and Wanting to Date a Playboy?

Dating a playboy in life may quite be risky and is actually a no-brainer for others not to do it like the character of Tori played by Kim.

However, for Direk Mae, she doesn’t want to impose her way of thinking, but shares these insights for women who are dating and are about to date playboys.

“Get ready for your hearts to be broken! After all the tears, learn from it and be wiser in choosing next time.”

Also starring in the film is Jessy Mendiola as a manipulative brat but loves her friends dearly. Because of the blossoming relationship between Zach (Xian) and Tori (Kim), her friendship with Tori is challenged.

Alviar hinted, “Chloe always says: ‘What Chloe wants, Chloe gets’. Find out if she will still get what she wants till the very end. Will she choose friendship over her selfish and vindictive plan or will she give up Tori who is the closest thing to having a family?”

To complete the crazy cast is Matt Evans as Nathan, playing a gay character.

Watch the trailer of ‘Must Date the Playboy’ here:

For only 10-peso load a day, any ABS-CBNmobile prepaid subscriber and ABS-CBNmobile MHP subscribers can access the movie anywhere, anytime using the ‘IWantTV’ app in their smartphones. Just text ‘IWantv10’ and send to 2135 in order to access the film on 3G or through WiFi. There’s no need for additional Internet load.

‘Must Date the Playboy’ is based on the popular Wattpad series novel of the same title.

Xian Lim is ‘Paddington’ for Philippine Movie Release

Lim is seen sitting on a couch during a press conference held at Plaza Ibarra on Timog Avenue, Quezon City on February 23.

Lim is seen sitting on a couch during a press conference held at Plaza Ibarra on Timog Avenue, Quezon City on February 23.

A leading distributor of quality feature films, Captive Cinema Distribution Incorporated announced that Kapamilya star Xian Lim was tapped to provide the voice of Michael Bond’s children book creature named ‘Paddington’ who has a film version opening on February 11.

Lim is the film’s Philippine release voice for the young Peruvian cub who traveled to the city (in London) looking for a home as he got lost and felt alone until he was accommodated by the Browns for a temporary shelter. Ben Wishaw is the original voice for the endearing bear.

Lim says, “I am a teddy bear, too.” He refers to himself as people regard him as huggable and he was on the lofty side when he was growing up.

‘Paddington’ is based from the 1959 book ‘A Bear Called Paddington’. It was published by William Collins & Sons (now Harper Collins). After its initial success, Bond was able to do a series of Paddington books since 1965.

Xian Lim shares billing with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.

The film is produced by David Heyman and directed by Paul King. Its screenplay is written by King and Hamish McColl.

Watch the official and original trailer of the film below.

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