John Lloyd Cruz 's movie 'The Trial' struggles at the box-office

John Lloyd Cruz 's latest movie "The Trial" took the box-office test starting October 15. Did it pass or fail?


(taken from ABS-CBN Film Productions Facebook page)


Since it's a Star Cinema movie starring 4-time Box Office King John
Lloyd Cruz and directed by Chito Roño who had a string of movie hits in the past ('Feng Shui', 'Sukob', 'Caregiver', 'The Healing' etc), 'The Trial' was expected to be a huge hit, with a gross of at least P100M by the end of its run.

But figures from Box Office Mojo showed that it won't be reaching that level after it only earned just P29.9-million in its first 5 days in theaters.

It's way behind Hollywood's 'Dracula Untold' which tallied P44.8M from same number of theaters also for its 1st 5 days, but it's way ahead of 6 other new foreign releases (such as 'The Book of Life', 'Alexander') which all earned just below P10M.

In this time of the year, moviegoers probably aren't in the mood to watch and cry for a well-reviewed drama movie (with an unusal story) like 'The Trial', and would rather be scared, thrilled or terrified. The past 3 weeks, the
#1 movies in the Philippines are horror films, "Annabelle" and "Dracula Untold" (which actually looked like a horror movie, but is in
fact a dark fantasy action).

Was the timing wrong for 'The Trial'? Would it be earning more if it was released on a different playdate? What if, it was shown last month, and 'Maria Leonora Teresa' should have been the one shown this month? The latter, a horror film, was shown 3rd week of September and finished off with just P72.7M. It could have earned more as well if it was released this October, a very competitive month for scary flicks.

It also didn't help that the movie had a powerhouse cast. Co-starring with John Lloyd in 'The Trial' are Richard Gomez, Gretchen Barretto, Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil. It would have been an added boost if the movie had Dawn Zulueta, the original choice for Gretchen's role.
CharDawn fans for sure could have went in full force to watch the movie.

'The Trial' might just ultimately gross between P50-P60M, to become one of John Lloyd's lowest-grossing films. But maybe let's just understand that it's not the usual JLC movie. His movie performs so well if it's a rom-com, a romance drama or he's paired up with Bea Alonzo or Sarah Geronimo.

Expect this movie though, particularly John Lloyd, to reap honors from different award-giving bodies.

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2014 started so good for the Philippine movie industry. For the first 7 months, there were 6 films that earned above a hundred million mark: 'Bride For Rent', 'Starting Over Again', 'Diary ng Panget The Movie',
'Da Possessed', 'Maybe This Time' and 'She Dating The Gangster'.

But in the next 3 months after July, Filipino films were mostly "misses" and none of them earned at least P80M and above.

Maybe, next month's 'Past Tense' starring Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and Ai-Ai de las Alas will make up for those disappointments, and be the next
P100M-grossing movie.

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Nonito Donaire fight vs Nicholas Walters Results: A KO in 6th round

Nonito Donaire vs Nicholas Walters fight is over, and the results? A KO in 6th Round!

Sadly, it's Walters who scored the knockout win.


The moment Walter knocked down Donaire (credit to @HBOBoxing)


This is truly one bad news for the Filipino fans. Nonito Donaire Jr., 31, got knocked out in 6th round by his opponent, 28-year-old Jamaican Nicholas Walters, during their WBA super featherweight title fight earlier in the US.

The brutal knockout happened in Round 6, with 2:59 minutes left, becoming Walters' 21st KO win in his entire career. He now has a total of 25 wins, and still undefeated.

Two years ago, Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez also via a KO in 6th.

Too heartbreaking to see Donaire getting knocked out in what was considered to be a really tough fight for the Filipino boxer.

He was promised to be given much bigger fights if he won this. But now that he lost, it's not clear now where he's going.

But, nonetheless, I remain a fan and still proud of you Nonito! - Mykiru.ph

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Donaire vs Walters Live Streaming Updates: Nonito's fight, undercard to Gelavkin vs Rubio

Donaire vs Walters live streaming updates are here. Scroll down for the live results of the Donaire vs Walters fight based on the available live stream video on the internet.

This big Donaire vs Walters live fight, featuring the Philippines' Nonito Donaire Jr (33-2, 21 KOs) vs Jamaica's Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), takes place in Carson, California as undercard to Gelavkin vs Rubio fight. But it's the biggest among the 6 undercard fights.

Can't wait to see Nonito Donaire Jr wins this tough fight, which they say is a make or break for the Filipino Flash. If he wins this, much bigger fights are coming.

For the undefeated Walters, it's his biggest break, and could make him a big boxing star if he wins.

I am hopeful Donaire will prove all those predictions wrong. Most predictions are saying that Walters will score a knockout win.

If you have P399, you can watch Donaire vs Walters live and commercial free via SKY live stream PPV. If you want it free, then just wait ABS-CBN's delayed telecast at 10AM today. Or maybe just wait for my round by round updates.


Nonito Donaire Jr before the fight (credit to Top Rank @trboxing)


Results for the other undercard fights are already in:

Undercard 1: Walter Sarnoia wins vs Sergio Najera by unanimous decision (Judges scorecards: 40-35, 40-35, 39-26)

Undercard 2: Ruslan Madiyev wins vs Oscar Rojas by unanimous decision (Judges scorecards: 40-35, 40-35, 40-35)

Undercard 3: Jaime
Ocegueda wins vs Moris Rodriguez via 6th round TKO

Undercard 4: Abraham Han wins vs Marcos Reyes via majority decision (Judges scorecards: 97-91, 97-91, 94-94)

Undercard 5: Edwin Rodriguez wins vs Azea Augustama via unanimous decision (Judges' scorecards: 100-90, 100-90, 99-91)

Undercard 6:

Round 1 - Donaire tripped at one point. If you're a Walters fan, you'd think it was a knockdown. But the ref ruled it as a slip. For me, this round still goes to Donaire
Round 2 - for Donaire again
Round 3 - Donaire's face already badly swollen, got knocked down. Walters' round.
Round 4 - for Walters.
Round 5 - Donaire recovers. He owns this round.
Round 6 - Fight over. Donaire down at 2:59. Nicholas Walters wins vs Nonito Donaire via 6th round TKO.


Donaire down on the floor (credit to @HBOboxing)


Main Fight: Gennady Gelavkin wins vs Marco Antonio Rubio via 2nd Round TKO

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Nikko Seagal Natividad is Gandang Lalake 2014 winner

Nikko Seagal Natividad has been named as Gandang Lalake 2014 winner, during the contest's grand finals on ABS-CBN noontime show 'It's
Showtime'.

Seagal or Sig, a waiter from Malolos, Bulacan, edged out the other finalists who made it to the Top 5, after he gave an impressive and sincere answer during the Q&A
round. The question was (in Tagalog) and if translated into English would go this way: "If you were to liken your profession or work to an animal, what would it be and why?"

Before the Top 5, there were 58 semifinalists who were later trimmed down into just 15.

As the grand winner, Sig took home P300,000 cash prize.


Sig also won an additional P20,000 for winning the Tele-Guwapo award (Most Telegenic).



The Top 5 finalists


1st Runner Up was #48 Jiad Joseph Arroyo, a guitar coach from Las PiƱas City, while the 2nd Runner Up was #6 Ajay Cabrera, a "Magtatatak" from Lipa City, Batangas. Their prize winnings Arroyo and Cabrera were also big: P200,000 and P100,000 respectively.

The 3rd Runner Up honor with a P50,000 cash prize went to #22 Aldrin Javar, a bartender from Novaliches, Quezon City. Javar was also adjudged Best in Talent, which had a P20,000 cash prize.

Printing assistant #16 Orlando Gutierrez, Jr., from Arayat, Pampanga, on one hand was 4th Runner Up, taking home P30,000.

Full results HERE.

Congratulations to all winners!

Photos credit to ABS-CBN / @itsshowtimena

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Gandang Lalake 2014 grand winner announced on 'It's Showtime'

Gandang Lalake 2014 grand finals has just ended on "It's Showtime" episode today, October 18, 2014, and the grand winner has been proclaimed.


The 58 semi-finalists (credit to Luke Conde and Visam Arenas)


From 58 semi-finalists, they're trimmed down to Top 15, which includes huge favorites like Nikko Seagal 'Sig' Natividad, Luke Conde, Dar Salvador and Jiad Arroyo.

Surprisingly, other favorites like Visam Calimlim and Rommel Galido failed to make it to the Top 15. Visam Calimlim (aka Visam Arenas), a corporate sales officer, was also a commercial model and former talent of
ABS-CBN, who already starred in the TV series "Super Inggo". Rommel Galido meanwhile was one of the Top 7 finalists of "Mr. Pogi" contest in the rival noontime show "Eat Bulaga" in 2012.

The Top 15 each performed a talent, and were later cut into just 5 for the Question and Answer (Q&A) portion. Sadly, big faves Dar Salvador and Luke Conde didn't reach Top 5.

John Estrada, Iza Calzado, Jhong Hilario and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were the judges, who had the toughest job in picking the grand winner.

As announced, here are the winners:

GANDANG LALAKE 2014 - #27 Nikko Seagal Natividad, Waiter from Malolos City, Bulacan

1ST RUNNER UP - #48 Jiad Joseph Arroyo, Guitar Coach from Las Pinas City

2ND RUNNER UP - #6 Ajay Cabrera, Magtatatak from Lipa City, Batangas

3RD RUNNER UP - #22 Aldrin Javar, Bartender from Novaliches, Quezon City

4TH RUNNER UP - #16 Orlando Gutierrez, Jr., Printing Assistant from Arayat, Pampanga

TOP 15 SEMI-FINALISTS:
#9 Jan Kevin Macatangay, Businessman from Las Piñas City
#33 Luke Conde, Graphic Artist from Batangas City
#38 Christian Anthony "Kring" Arbastro, HR Assistant from Apopong,
General Santos City
#11 Charlie "Charles" Palonan, Minero from Itogon, Benguet
#13 Tomas "Tommy" Peñaflor, X-ray Aide from Dinalupihan, Bataan
#3 Arjay David, Tricycle Driver from Tondo, Manila
#49 Ross Gilbert Dimaculangan, Accounting Associate from Lipa City, Batangas
#18 Daryll Francis Salvador aka Dar Bernardo, Gym Owner from Baliuag, Bulacan
#5 Wilzen Estabillo, Junior Accountant from Dolores, Tarlac City
#10 Winston Bush Hilario, Jr., Barbero from Malabon City

SPECIAL AWARDS:
TrabaHOTTIE Award - #38 Christian Anthony "Kring" Arbastro, HR Assistant from Apopong,
General Santos City
Talented Tol Award - #22 Aldrin Javar, Bartender from Novaliches, Quezon City
Suave Award - #18 Darylle Francis "Dar" Salvador, Gym Owner from Baliuag, Bulacan
TeleGUWAPO Award - #27 Nikko Seagal "Seag" Natividad, Waiter from Malolos City, Bulacan
Best Pre - #29 Mark Anthony "Macmac" Escolano, Taxi Driver from Novaliches, Quezon City

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