The Bellas and The Voice Collaborate with ‘Freedom! ’90 X Cups’ Single

NBC’s The Voice Top-12 Artists and the stars of Universal’s upcoming Pitch Perfect 3 has just debuted the first-ever full length music video in the history of The Voice during the November 21 episode, highlighting the signature styles of each vocalist.

Pitch Perfect’s franchise-building song “Cups” and George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90,” the anthem of Pitch Perfect 3, are seamlessly mashed-up in the video.

“Freedom! ’90 x Cups” single is available now, and the soundtrack will be available on December 15.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.
After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Strong Wave of Feminism in ‘Battle of the Sexes’ on December 6 at Ayala Malls Cinemas

It was a match that entered the history books, changing the game for women and men around the world. The highly publicized, much hyped and hugely entertaining “Battle of the Sexes” was one of the most watched sporting events ever. But its impact extended far beyond tennis and the sporting arena. Taking us back 44 years, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, helmed by gifted directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris bring the 70s alive with vitality, comedy and poignancy, relating the build-up to the match that was viewed on TV by an unprecedented global audience of 90 million.

(From L-R): Natalie Morales, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Summer, Bridey Elliott, Kaitlyn Christian, Fidan Manashirova, Lauren Kline, Ashley Weingold and Emma Stone in the film BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2017

The year is 1973 and former champion, Bobby Riggs, is all but forgotten. He is determined to get back into the limelight, make some money and make himself relevant again. He issues a challenge to Billie Jean King (Stone), proudly and controversially proclaiming himself to be a male chauvinistic pig, while insisting that no female tennis player will ever be able to beat him. The 55 year-old tennis player, a hustler and loud showman, (Carell) asserts that women belong in ‘the bedroom and the kitchen.’ The 29 year-old tennis star takes Riggs up on the challenge.

The “Battle of the Sexes” becomes the arena for a greater battle for equal rights and women’s pay. To put the era in perspective, despite massive accomplishments by women, along with the presence of an increasingly influential feminist movement, it is still a man’s world – at least as far as equal rights and prevailing attitudes are concerned. Billie Jean King is fighting for women to receive the same fees that men get in Grand Slam tournaments. The match turns attention to inequality in every area of work and life. Played out in the glare of TV cameras and newspapers around the world, the run-up to the match reaches fever pitch. Women who are incensed by Riggs, rally behind the pioneering King, and at the other end of the spectrum, the battle exacerbates entrenched sexist attitudes. In a clever ploy to capitalize on the controversy, Riggs turns the match into a circus!

But it is the profoundly affecting personal stories of these two fascinating individuals that are at the core of the film. While Bobby Riggs is struggling with an addiction to gambling and experiencing problems in his marriage to Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue), Billie Jean is facing challenges of her own. She is married to a supportive man named Larry King (Austin Stowell), and at the same time this very private woman is trying to come to terms with her emotions and her awakening sexuality —as she embarks on a relationship with hair stylist, Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough). The film takes a heartfelt and powerful look at King’s journey as she attempts to balance her marriage and her emotions with her very public career and her love of tennis.

For Stone, the lure of the project began with the fact that she knew so little about the 1973 match, and realized it was being lost to history for her generation. “This amazing moment was not really in my consciousness at all until I read the script,” Stone notes. “I was especially struck by the reality that we really haven’t come that far from these events that took place 43 years ago. I could relate strongly to Billie Jean’s struggle and I think so many people will relate to these same themes today.”

One thing that struck Stone is that King was clearly propelled by a force even bigger than becoming #1 – she definitely wanted that, but unusually, she also wanted much more. “From an early age, I think Billie Jean was driven by these larger ideas of affecting change in the world and she saw tennis as her vehicle to make that happen because she was so great at it. You have to remember it was looked down upon for a woman to even be an athlete when she was young — especially an aggressive women’s tennis player. From the start, she knew she was fighting for something bigger than herself.”

From 20th Century Fox, “Battle of the Sexes” opens December 6 nationwide exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas. Check Ayala Malls Cinemas’ www.sureseats.com for schedule and online ticket purchase.

‘TWBA’ Celebrates 2nd Year with Special Weeklong ‘2 Be Honest’ Episodes

Get twofold of fun and exciting revelations beginning this Monday (Nov 27) as the only showbiz talk show on Philippine primetime TV today, “Tonight with Boy Abunda,” doubles its guest stars for its weeklong special, “2 Be Honest: The TWBA 2nd Anniversary Special.”

Watch out for the first and exclusive sit down interview of real life couple Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano as they share updates on their relationship and recent getaways with the country’s King of Talk, Boy Abunda.

Romantically linked teen stars Maris Racal and Inigo Pasual also dare to take the hot seat and talk more about their growing friendship. What is the real score between the popular MarNigo tandem?

For the first time on television, real life BFFs Erich Gonzales and Julia Barretto share to Tito Boy the story behind their friendship while
“Unexpectedly Yours” stars Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla shed light on their big screen reunion.

Aside from “Fast Talk” and “Golden Mirror” segments, guest stars must also answer featured “2 Be Honest” questions, which they cannot avoid or pass on. What questions await the featured guests?

Since 2015, “Tonight with Boy Abunda” is the only showbiz authority on Philippine television today that gives insightful interviews and the latest scoops from the biggest and brightest celebrities in the country. The talk show also enjoys strong TV and online viewership with netizens making it a constant trending topic on social media.

Don’t miss “2 Be Honest: The TWBA 2nd Anniversary Special,” Monday (Nov 27) to Friday (Dec1), after “Hwarang” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (Skycable ch 167). For updates, follow @TWBAofficial on Twitter and Instagram or like its official Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/TonightwithBoyAbunda.

To watch past episodes of the show, visitwww.iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

BFF5 Opens Up Style-Wise and Lifewise in ‘Sugar & Spice Book’

They may be powerful onstage and as closely-knit as sisters, but the sweet and sassy BFF5 girls — Andrea Brillantes, Kira Balinger, Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, and Ylona Garcia — have different personalities, tastes, and style, which they divulge in their book “Sugar & Spice” by ABS-CBN Publishing.

Readers will be inspired with how today’s It Girls have overcome their insecurities and have strived for their dreams in the photobook that also uncovers great fashion steals and the must-read 25 things to know about each member.

She may be self-assured and cool today, but “Swag Queen” Andrea lacked confidence in her earlier years. She then pushed to believe in herself and now aspires to become a director one day. In the book, she gushes about her love for K-dramas, K-pop, and chocolate.

Born in Hong Kong to an English dad and a Filipino mom, “Little Miss Sunshine Kira” reveals that she has dreamed of becoming a model since she was little. She believes beauty is still having a warm and tender heart in a cold, cold world. Kira is ready to step out of her comfort zone to fulfill her dream of becoming an international model one day.

“Girl on Fire” Loisa talks about her dreams and insecurities. She shares about how questioned herself on everything at first until she realized that it was herself who needed to decide her own happiness. She also reveals about getting into fistfights when she was younger, and describes her ideal man.

From a simple probinsyana from Davao, “Miss Independent” Maris has come a long way. “If you stop trying, you start losing,” she says. She also shares the story behind her name, her self-written songs, and her way of living as an “old soul.” She also talks about online bashing indicating, “comparison hurts me, but at the same time those keep me going. They want me to improve myself. I want to keep excelling.”

Sydney-born Ylona shares her perspective—“expect the unexpected.” “Lady Danger” is indeed into life and its thrills as she loves to watch horror movies alone. She detoxes herself from her Instagram once a month, and plays the piano, guitar, and flute.

Peek into the lives of today’s hottest teen celebrities in “Sugar & Spice” by ABS-CBN Publishing, available in National Bookstore outlets nationwide and online at nationalbookstore.com for only P225.

McLisse Releases Debut Album this Sunday

McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson will level up their young love feels on television and chime it in through music as they release their debut album dubbed “McLisse” under Star Pop at the SM City North EDSA Skydome on Sunday (November 26) at 5pm.

Elisse and McCoy are the newest artists of Star Pop, Star Music’s newest sublabel for the younger market, and together they will entertain the crowd with kilig duets from their new album.

Their latest offering follows the successful release of their “If We Fall In Love” cover, composed by RJ Jimenez, in June. The single is now part of the loveteam’s new collaboration.

Other covers included in this exciting album are “Opposites Attract” by Jungee Marcelo, “Chinito” by Jed Dumawal, “Para Lang Sa’yo” by Jonathan Manalo, and “Yakap” by George Canseco. Rox Santos serves as the album’s overall producer.

Catch “The Good Son” stars Elisse and McCoy at their grand album launch this Sunday (Nov. 26), at the SM Skydome. The “McLisse” album will be out in physical and digital copies during the show for only P199.

For more details, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

Maris and Inigo Make ‘Beautiful Science’ in ‘Matanglawin’

Maris Racal and Iñigo Pascual of the loveteam “MarNigo” take a break from creating great music together as they explore the magic of science with other Kapamilya stars this Sunday (November 26), 9:45am on ABS-CBN on “Matanglawin.”

Maris and Iñigo will try to remove pencils under a bottle without tipping it using the “Law of Inertia” with other challengers like Darren Espanto, Loisa Andallo, Arron Villaflor, and Angeline Quinto. Meanwhile, vlogger Riva Quenery gets to try her hand at standup comedy surrounded by stuffed toys handmade with love by Bulacan mothers. Also see the Lemuhen Cultural Dance troupe as they teach the T’boli art of dance and instruments for the next generation. Catch all these in the most-awarded educational TV program, “Matanglawin,” this Sunday (November 26), 9:45am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.