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.
Two of the country’s comediennes—Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros are brought together by Kapamilya Network in a new dramedy series titled ‘We Will Survive’ as Wilma and Maricel, which aired on Monday, February 29 on Kapamilya Primetime Bida slot before TV Patrol.
Pokwang and Melai as contest winners are also joined by two other winners of TV contests and have turned as stars as well—Bea Saw and Regine Angeles. The four will portray as friends with stories of struggles and triumphs, which the audiences will definitely resonate with.
In an exclusive interview, according to Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario, the show producer, the four friends’ common denominator is the videoke since it is their outlet whenever they find the need to have release of any emotional tension whatsoever.
She distinctly describes the four friends as: “Sa kanilang apat, Bea’s character is the well-off kasi mayaman ang asawa. Regine’s character has the videoke bar biz. Melai is an orphan and grew up with her grandmother which made her a spoiled brat at nakakaangat din sa buhay. While Pokwang has the most challenging situation in life; kaya nagpang-abot sila sa school hindi siya yearly nakaka-enrol. Ang interaction nila in reference to lovelife ay yung present sila sa lahat ng ‘highlights’ ng lovelife ng bawat isa. They share the important moments like proposals, break-ups, yun tipong they share the joys and heartbreaks.”
Since the show was shot in Legazpi with the Mayon Volcano as its backdrop—comparing the two comediennes to the province’s tourist attraction. Ms. Mendoza-Del Rosario described Melai and Pokwang as: “Si Melai ang similarity sa Mayon, nauuna ang damdamin na sumasabog bago mag-isip. Siya ang mas sumasabog na bulkan; warla kung warla pag-galit, baliw pag-in love. Siya ang Mayon na madalas may eruption.
“Si Pokwang naman mas serene at docile na Mayon; nagtatago sa ulap at perfect cone, Tahimik, kalma, mas may self-control, Kaya niyang i-set aside ang love and feekings para unahin ang needs ng pamilya. Perfect in the sense na gusto niya muna makitang maganda estado ng pamilya bago unahin ang sariling kapakanan at kaligayahan.”
The series is not the same feel as ‘Be Careful’, ‘Dream Dad’ and ‘Ningning’. It is best described as a dramedy and banking on friendship as its theme. In fact, the Network gambles on the team-up of Pokwang and Melai, who have never been lead stars in a television series since in the two stars have shown sincerity in acting for drama-themed shows like ‘Maaalala Mo Kaya’ episodes.
Mendoza-Del Rosario added, “Sana ito yung ma-achieve naming—yun bang sasakit ang ulo ng manonood sa kakatawa at kakaiyak.”
Apart from the dramedy as its unique selling point of the show, it also seeks to leave the televiewers the message of Filipinos being strong and resilient amid all challenges in life.
“Na kahit anong dagok sa buhay, go go go lang. Di lahat ng problema, baha, traffic, etc., sinasakyan lang ng Pinoy. Kahit anong problema o kalamidad, babangon tayo. We are a nation of survivors.”
Also in the show are Josh De Guzman, Carlo Aquino, Jeric Raval, Viveika Ravanes, Bing Davao, Alcris Galura, Maris Racal, Joshua Zamora, McCoy De Leon, and Vangie Labalan. It is directed by feel-good narrative director Jeffrey Jeturian.
Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.
Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.
The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.
The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.
Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.
“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.
Trillo admitted as well, “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”
Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.
This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.