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Toni not claiming credit for film’s success with Piolo

TONI Gonzaga doesn’t want to entertain the intriguing observation that she’s the reason Starting Over Again became a certified blockbuster and that she helped Piolo Pascual back to becoming a box-office star again.

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga
Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga

“I think that’s unfair,” she avers. “He is Piolo Pascual already. No matter what they say, his contribution to the industry can never be underestimated. When I was just starting in the ‘biz and eventually moved to ABS-CBN, it was my wish to do a project with him. I’m thankful that it happened and bore a very successful result.”

The actress-host believes that apart from her on screen chemistry with Piolo, the material itself is a huge come-on why the film delivered at the tills.

“Oh yes! I guess it’s just right timing and right project. For one, the story is not your usual fairy tale. It’s so mature that the twist is acceptable to the viewing public. It helped that contemporary movie buffs are more intelligent now. They appreciate realism in what they watch, which is a very good sign!”

Asked whom she wants to do a movie with in the near future, Toni reveals, “Bosing Vic (Sotto)! Everybody knows that I started with Eat Bulaga. We were supposed to do a movie intended for the MMFF before, remember? It just didn’t push through. I really wish to do a project with him so I can have a guesting stint in EB. It’s been 10 years since I left the show and I miss the whole gang!”

Rumor has it that she and boyfriend Paul Soriano are already engaged since December of last year only they’re keeping it a secret.

“It’s not true! If ever that time comes, we will not deny it. It’s something you should be proud of in the first place,” ends Toni.

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales | Mar. 16, 2014 at 07:01pm
Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/03/16/toni-not-claiming-credit-for-film-s-success-with-piolo/

‘Starting Over Again’ breaks records, passes P400M mark

MANILA – The first big screen team-up of Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga made history on Saturday, becoming the first non-Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry to surpass the P400-million mark.

According to Star Cinema’s advertising and promotions manager Mico Del Rosario, “Starting Over Again” now ranks among the highest-grossing Philippine films of all time, just a month after it was released in theaters on February 12.

It bumped off the 2011 comedy film, “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin,” which earned P332 million during its run.

The film, which is Star Cinema’s Valentines’ Day offering, also broke records abroad, becoming the highest-grossing Filipino movie in the international box office.

It also beat the previous career records set by its lead stars Pascual and Gonzaga, as well as its director Olivia Lamasan (“Madrasta”, “The Mistress”, In the Name of Love”).

Written by Carmi Raymundo, “Starting Over Again” tells the story of college professor Marco (Pascual), whose girlfriend, Ginny (Gonzaga), left him without saying goodbye or giving an explanation.

Four years after the breakup, the two cross paths again at a time when Marco is already happy with a new partner, Patty (Iza Calzado).

Forced to work with Marco, who has also successfully pursued his passion to become a chef, Ginny starts to regret leaving him and tries to win him back.

“Starting Over Again,” which is part of the continuing 20th anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN film outfit Star Cinema, is still showing in over 270 theaters in the Philippines and in select theaters in the United States.

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Posted at 03/15/2014 5:07 PM | Updated as of 03/15/2014 6:31 PM

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga

‘Starting Over Again’ to have a sequel?

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MANILA – Following the box-office success of Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga’s first big-screen team-up, the actor revealed that Star Cinema is already planning to come up with a follow-up project for the two stars.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the movie’s thanksgiving party, Pascual said he is ecstatic that he will be given another opportunity to work with Gonzaga.

“Pinag-uuspaan na nila. Naghahanap na ng material. Hindi siguro sequel, baka prequel,” the actor said in jest.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, said a second movie with Pascual would be a treat since she waited 13 years before finally sharing the screen with the actor again.

The two first worked together in a memorable TV commercial.

“Siyempre kapag naging ganito ang resulta ng isang pelikula, mae-excite ka kung ano pa kaya ang pwedeng maibigay sa kanila, kung ano pa kaya ang pwedeng ma-offer. Pero siyempre depende pa rin yun sa management, kay Mr. M (Johnny Manahan). Baka may bago na namang leading lady si PJ,” she said.

Gonzaga said working with Pascual is important for her because it shows how far she has gone in show business.

“Ito ang pinakaimportanteng bahagi ng career ko kasi parang full circle. I started just screaming his name tapos naging leading lady. Dreams really do come true. Kapag may pangarap, never give up on your dreams,” she said.

According to Star Cinema, the total earnings of “Starting Over Again” in three weeks is P375 million, breaking the personal records of Pascual and Gonzaga.

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/03/06/14/starting-over-again-have-sequel
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Posted at 03/06/2014 1:39 PM | Updated as of 03/06/2014 3:12 PM

Piolo nearly quit in showbiz

NOW it can be told, Ian F., that Piolo Pascual considered quitting showbiz pala this year kung ’di lang pumatok sa takilya ang still showing movie niya, Starting Over Again, with Toni Gonzaga for Star Cinema.

Piolo didn’t articulate why. Basta raw, binalak niya na mamirmihan na sa Amerika, where his mom and several of his siblings live along with 15-year-old son Iñigo.

Pero gaya raw ng sabi ng talent management arm ng ABS-CBN, Star Magic, headed by Direk Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto, may lugar pa si Piolo sa showbiz and he should not lose hope.

Kaya, grateful raw siya, bukod kina Toni at Iza Calzado (his leading ladies), kay Direk Olive Lamasan, with whom he last worked in the movie Milan.

Nagpapasalamat din daw siya lalo na kay Malou Santos, Star Cinema managing director.

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SA victory blowout for the cast, production staff and everyone involved sa Starting Over…, no wonder na present din sina Charo Santos-Concio, president at CEO ng ABS-CBN, at Gabby Lopez, chairman of the board, ABS-CBN.

Nandu’n din sina Carlo Katigbak, head of Access, at Aldrin Cerrado, head of Finance ng ABS-CBN.

As of this writing, the film, which is on its fourth week, has reportedly grossed close to P400M.

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Sayang at patapos na nang dumating sa victory blowout si Cai Cortez, gumanap na isa sa close friends ni Toni sa Starting Over…, bukod kay Beauty Gonzales.

Iyon pala, na-involve si Cai sa isang puwedeng ituring na freak accident, dahil pinili niya raw na magbihis sa kotse nang malapit na siya sa ELJ Building, where the occasion was taking place.

While squeezing through her damit na isusuot, kung bakit aksidente raw niyang nasagi ang isang nakausling kung anumang matulis na bagay.

Bago niya nalaman, dumudugo na ang hintuturo sa kanyang kanang paa.

Kaya, she had to rush herself to the hospital for first-aid treatment.

Sayang, nang finally nga ay makarating si Cai sa party, pack-up na ang lahat.

Pero natanggap pa rin niya ang kanyang bonus from Ma’am Malou herself.

For those of you who don’t know, Cai is the only daughter of Rez Cortez and wife Candy.

Rez takes pride in saying na natural comedienne ang kanyang anak.

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Going back to the party, present din sina Lito Pimentel, Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Bryan Santos at Ryan Yllana, who all played supporting roles sa pelikula.

 

Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/entertainment/showbiz-news/68327-piolo-nearly-quit-in-showbiz

Published : Thursday, March 06, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 457
Written by : Nel Alejandrino

 

Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual thanked the people behind “Starting Over Again” but not his fans?

Piolo Pascual turned emotional during the thanksgiving party of his movie

“Starting Over Again” on Tuesday, admitting he almost gave up on his career.

When it was his turn to take the stage to thank the people behind the success of the Star Cinema movie, Pascual suddenly became teary-eyed, revealing that he thought of quitting showbiz until this project turned out to be a blockbuster hit.

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

Addressing the ABS-CBN executives in particular, Pascual said: “I was seriously considering quitting this year pero when the movie became a big hit, I said the joke is on me. I guess hindi pa po time para umalis ako sa showbiz.”

“Thank you for always being there para sabihin sa akin na huwag akong tanga at huwag ko isipin na umalis kasi hindi ko talaga alam. This was hard for me. Inayos ko na ang buhay ko. I was ready to settle down in the States. This could be my last. Maraming salamat sa tiwala kasi hindi ko talaga alam na aabot ako dito,” he added.

Three weeks since it was released in theaters, Pascual’s first big screen team-up with Toni Gonzaga already earned P375 million.

Saying this is his biggest movie to date, Pascual said he is still in awe as to how people supported “Starting Over Again.”

“Nung lumabas na ganun ang kita ng pelikula, hindi talaga ako makapaniwala because back during my time, maka P100 million ka lang okay ka na. For the movie to make more than a hundred million in four days, it was really overwhelming for me. I never thought na it would still happen,” he said.

Saying he chooses to just trust God’s plan for him, Pascual said: “Kasi roller coaster ang pinagdaanan ko. Kumbaga binigay ko na lang kasi for me, hindi ko na alam kung saan ako pupulutin after nito. Hindi naman na ako bata. With my team-up wih Tin, quota na ako.”

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com

Starting over again, the way movies were

(UPDATED) ERNEST Hemingway told aspiring writers, and I suppose filmmakers too, “Show it, don’t tell it.” Fitzgerald did it that way, so did Cather, so did others both contemporary with and succeeding Hemingway. In movies, this style of showing instead of narrating suddenly appeared. I can’t think with which film it started or finally took off as the way to make a movie.

“Show it, don’t tell it.” But most stories, even famous ones by say Victorian writers, do tell their stories; and many contemporary writers do it still, some handling very modern themes. Hemingway’s advice seems to have been forgotten perhaps all for the better.

But movies once mostly told the story rather more than showed it happening. Sure plots unfolded but they were greatly moved along with words of explanation. Filipino movies seemed stuck in the narrative mold and then, imitating new thrillers, they went European, which is to say sparing with speech, and showed the story happening instead. It would be the audience’s problem to understand the movie; and the filmmakers’ challenge was help with the comprehension with a variety of devices, like flashbacks.

Well, Starting Over Again is in the old mold of telling a story while showing it unfolding as well. This is a remarkable achievement for being so dangerously retrograde. It is to the credit of both those who wrote the lines and those who spoke them so well that it is pulled off with perfection; without a single false or awkward instant.

I don’t recall the names of the scriptwriters or of the director but Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado speak the lines, and tell the story as much as show it: the story of a love found, lost, found and… I won’t give away the ending.

The actor who plays the father of Toni’s character is the only one who never tells what happened or is happening; he endures things with stolid reticence, showing only on his impassive face a man defeated by a single failure; someone who never picked himself up again.

To be exact, first love here was not found; rather was it carefully planted on the part of one character and delightfully cultivated on the part of the other; until it appears in full flower. But when we look at the flower patch again, part of it is bare where once there was a pair of blossoms and now another pair of grows nearby, of which only one has survived from the earlier pair, slightly changed.

How all that happens is partly shown but mostly, in the old fashioned way of old movies. It is told but in a totally new way. The spoken narratives flow naturally, effortlessly from the situation the characters find themselves in, or put themselves in, and from which they try to get out.

There are flashbacks but they are not drawn out; what is drawn out is the narrative in which flashbacks are interjected as iconic and revealing instants.

It is bold to tell the story of a movie but all three actors pull it off superbly.

Piolo shows his love as it flowers; and then ruefully relates its loss but with the softness and clarity he has painfully earned through a suffering he has never overcome. It is buried so deep that he can relate it as if he had completely recovered but forgotten none of it. He does not tell it in an improbably clinical way but with just enough feeling, enough doleful depth in his eyes to show its root in a still throbbing pain.

Effortlessly he conveys a character that all of us has assumed at one time or another, sometimes permanently; the one who graduates from the things he does without effort, in this case teach history, to something else he likes doing but where he runs the risk of failure and succumbs. You see him happy as he goes boldly on the same wrong path when his failure should have warned him to take stock and prepare himself better for a second try. In the end he does take stock, prepares himself better but it is too late. The very lightness that made him so attractive to a childlike woman deeply in love with him makes him if not repellent then dangerous to her love.

As she puts it, always in the wrong context, she was afraid she would stop loving him; that would be too much of a loss for her because she cherished that love.

She loved him for his detachment and yet commitment; conveying a strength she doesn’t see in any other man in her life especially her father; but when he returns her love, she sees the weakness of a man who loves not wisely but too well. She and the life he thinks he can make for both of them is in her view facing certain failure.

Toni shows a childlike, even childish exuberance and optimism that survives intact through all the travails that it is Piolo who mostly suffers. For him the past is a healed wound but it is still sensitive to the touch—scar tissue but tougher than the surrounding skin yet affected by the slightest change in the climate. In the movie’s immortal line, “I know this, I can never unlove you.”

Piolo has a genius for snatching long lines teetering on the edge of cheesiness, with a line of his own that gives what was said to him, and to which he responded, a freshness and an aptness to the situation in which it unfolds.

Toni Gonzaga also tells but it is not her story and that is her problem. She cannot talk of her real feelings. She talk only of what she feels and is afraid to stop feeling; and of what she would like to believe but deeply mistrusts.

The scene of her trashing in bed, alternating between despair, hope and then turning to cunning is a bravura performance of perfect lightness; it never feels too long. I must say she has a most expressive set of toes. This is a part of the body that no preceding movie has ever been utilized to express anything, let alone sexual passion; as when her toes spread out until her big toe distances itself from the others and sticks out with a thumb’s up for what she has just so loudly undergone.

Toni too speaks but she tells the wrong things, which mislead her the most of all of those whose lives intersect on her return. We are not sure if that was accidental or contrived by Piolo and perhaps by her as well.

For Toni, narrative is not a way of moving the story forward but of having her way. And it is in reaction to Toni’s sweetest yet worst outburst of self-indulgence, that Iza Calzado—with an unvarying saccharine blandness—suddenly yet softly rises, with the fewest possible words and no histrionics, to give the most moving declaration of a love that never flared into life with passion, but sparked from the ember of a friendship and grew slowly into a steady undying flame. Speaking in a soft voice that never breaks as she masters, without showing a hint of it, a hurt that must be tearing her apart, she turns when she has said her piece and walks away. Then she cries.

This is the most mature romantic comedy I have ever watched on the screen, and while I am given to hyperbole whenever I enjoy a movie, on this one I have tried to hold back my reactions until finally I must say with cold sobriety, that this is one of the finest romantic comedy films ever made, here or abroad. It is the finest Filipino movie ever made in the old way of telling it without a trace of anachronism.

The last five minutes should be cut out because it is inconsistent with the character that is so carefully developed by Toni—not of a flirt or of someone can easily fall in and out love; but of a someone who chose carefully whom she wanted to love only to fearfully shy away from it, and then return to brave humiliation to undo her mistake. This movie has to be watched because it is not so much seen as experienced.

By Teddy Locsin, Jr.
Posted at 03/04/2014 4:03 PM | Updated as of 03/05/2014 12:17 PM

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/blogs/opinions/03/04/14/starting-over-again-way-movies-were

Toni and Piolo to beat Vice’s record?

Dahil sa higanteng tagumpay ng Starting Over Again, bilang pasasalamat ay nag-blow-out si Toni Gonzaga sa entertainment press by having a thanksgiving presscon.

Hindi alam ni Toni ang exact figures ng gross ng movie na hanggang ngayon ay humahataw pa rin sa box-office pero ang nakarating sa aming balita, close to P400M na raw ang kinikita ng pelikula.

Say ni Toni, hindi raw talaga nila ito ine-expect at ang wish nga lang nila even before the showing, maka-P100M lang ay okay na sa kanila.

“Actually, ang target lang namin talaga ay kumita ang pelikula. Sabi nga nila, makalampas lang ng P100M, okay na ’yun, kasi nga, iba ’yung timpla ng pelikula. Mabigat na light na lalabas ka ng sinehan na parang pinag-isip ka niya, parang iisipin mo ang nangyari sa buhay mo di ba? Na, ‘o, naka-relate ka ba?’ ‘sino ka sa tatlo?’ ’di ba?” pahayag ni Toni.

Maging sa U.S. pala ay humataw sa takilya ang pelikula at nasulat pa.

“Oo, kasi talagang lumaban daw sa box-office doon. Nagulat sila, na parang this newcomer Filipino movie making waves daw in the U.S. Tapos, 52 cinemas lang, naka-$150,000.00,” masayang wika pa ng dalaga.

Sa ngayon kasi, ang may hawak ng record ng highest box-office sa local movies ay ang pelikula ni Vice Ganda last December na Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy na umabot sa P420M. Kasalukuyan pang showing ang Starting Over Again at hindi malayong malampasan nila ang kinita ng GBBT.

Pero ayon kay Toni ay hindi naman daw niya iniisip ’yun at love daw niya si Vice Ganda.

“Natutuwa nga ako sa kanya kasi nagpa-block screening siya (for SOA), so sabi ko, first time na may gumawa sa akin ng ganu’n. Na-touch ako talaga,” say ni Toni.

She added, “mahal ko naman si Vice, pero kung lalampas, eh, magkaibigan pa rin kami. At anu’t anuman ang mangyari, hindi ’yun makakaapekto sa pagkakaibigan namin. At malaki na ang napatunayan ni Vice. Sa kanya na ‘yung tronong phenomenal talaga.”

May bonus na bang ibinigay ang Star Cinema?

“Oo, ikadadamdam ko kung wala,” natatawa niyang say. “Sasakit ang loob ko (kung walang bonus), sa pinagdaanan ko sa pelikula. Ako na lang ang hihingi. Kung hindi man nila bigay, hihingin ko.”

Sa ngayon ay pag-uusapan pa raw nila ng Star Cinema kung ano ang next movie niya. Kung lalagyan ba ng part 2 ang movie o iba naman.

“May nakalatag na talaga akong next na gagawin. Pero dahil nga dito sa movie, hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang magiging plano. Kasi magmimiting pa.”

When asked kung sino ba ang gusto niyang makatrabaho pa or maging leading man, say ni Toni, gusto raw sana niya ay matuloy na ang naudlot na pagsasama nila ni Vic Sotto.

When asked kung magagawa pa ba niyang ulitin ang love scene na katulad ng ginawa niya with Piolo Pascual sa SOA, say ni Toni ay baka hindi na raw at baka maloka na raw talaga ang parents niya.

Published : Monday, March 03, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 1,210
Written by : Vinia Vivar
Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/entertainment/showbiz-news/68136-toni-and-piolo-to-beat-vices-record

Piolo Pascual still a favorite leading man

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

A FELLOW writer and I watched Starting Over Again on its first day of release at SM Megamall’s new Directors Club at the mall’s new wing called Fashion Hall.

ay until five days after it has grossed P200 million, making it one of Star Cinema’s highest grossing film among its 20th anniversary releases.
I can understand why. The film has all the elements that make women swoon over Piolo Pascual from beginning to end.

Never mind Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, movie fans just like to watch the actor on screen.

It has been sometime since Pascual played a role that made women’s hearts beating faster than usual. And in this film, it is evident that director Olivia Lamasan was careful in capturing the actor and making him look like the guy every woman wants to have as a groom.

Fans abroad flocked to the movie’s international premiere showing on Feb. 15 at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City, California.
Lead actor Piolo Pascual must be commended for his performance as the heart-broken Marco, further proof of his status as one of the country’s box office actors even after 15 years in the industry. His chiseled looks and emotionally charged acting, combined with evident chemistry with both leading ladies Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, Piolo is in perfect form as the classic rom-com actor.

Even director Olivia Lamasan said that Piolo’s role in Starting Over Again was just right for the seasoned actor. “For the longest time I’ve been looking for a material for PJ na palagi kong sinasabi na sa laki ng achievements mo sa buhay, sa laki ng narating mo, parang hindi na kita mahawakan. So naghahanap ako ng isang role para sa yo na mararamdaman kita ulit. At masasabi kong, ‘ah nasasaktan ka pa rin. Ah, nasasaktan ka, gusto kita yakapin.’ And this is the perfect role for him.”

Overwhelmed with the support, Piolo couldn’t thank his fans enough. “To everyone who came out and supported our film and bore the long lines, sitting in front of the movie house just to be able to watch the film…Thank you very much for believing and extending your support to Star Cinema and everyone who’s part of this project. We’re all humbled by your love…may we continue to spread love and harbor good feelings toward everyone…Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino! To God be the glory!”

Starting Over Again is still showing, in 270 theaters nationwide. There will be international screenings in North America (Arkansas, Illinois, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia) and Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan).

Screenings in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar & Bahrain) and Australia ( Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) will start on March 6.

By Isah V. Red | Feb. 23, 2014 at 06:00pm
Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/02/23/piolo-pascual-still-a-favorite-leading-man/

Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga to grace US premiere of ‘Starting Over Again’

REDWOOD CITY, California—Fresh from a recent fan-packed Manila premiere with a record-breaking opening day gross of P25 million, the Philippines’s “Ultimate Heartthrob” Piolo Pascual and actress-singer-host Toni Gonzaga will fly almost 8,000 miles to meet their fans in the San Francisco Bay Area for the U.S. premiere of the romantic comedy, “Starting Over Again.”

The premiere, a Valentine’s Day offering from ABS-CBN Star Cinema and TFC@TheMovies, is set for Feb. 15, Saturday, with 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. screenings at historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

“Starting Over Again” has generated huge buzz because of the chemistry of the two lead stars and the numerous positive reviews by critics, bloggers and fans who are raving over the brilliantly directed movie by the award-winning Olivia M. Lamasan.

Lamasan directed international Filipino blockbusters from Star Cinema like “Milan,” “In My Life,” “In the Name of Love” and “The Mistress,” to name a few.

The screenplay is by Carmi Raymundo who wrote the recent Kim Chiu-Xian Lim blockbuster, “Bride for Rent” and other hits like “My Amnesia Girl” and “It Takes A Man and a Woman.”

Toni plays Ginny—bubbly, brilliant and driven—a student in architecture, romantically pursues Marco (Piolo), a professor.

Eyebrows may be raised but the two genuinely fall in love, until one day, Ginny left for no apparent reason, breaking Marco’s heart.

Years later, their paths cross again: Ginny has the successful career that she dreamed of while Marco is now a chef, with a new ladylove in Patty (played by Iza Calzado). Seems like they are all happy. But Ginny wants Marco back. The journey of second chances begin with Ginny chasing Marco again. But will this have a happy ending or will it end again in heartbreak?

Joining Piolo, Toni and Iza in this romantic comedy are Joross Gamboa, Bryan Santos, Edgar Allan Guzman, Cai Cortez and Beauty.

For more information on the premiere, visit tfc-usa.com/AtTheMovies.

INQUIRER.net US Bureau
February 15, 2014 | 4:39 am