Takeru Satoh returns in ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura in "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura in “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

He took Manila by storm last August during a historic Asian premiere (and press conference, too!). He wowed audiences and critics alike with a calm but fiery performance in Kyoto Inferno (read our review here!). Now, Takeru Satoh returns to Philippine cinemas as the legendary Kenshin Himura in the final chapter of the epic Rurouni Kenshin trilogy – Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.

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New comedy ‘And So It Goes’ exclusive at Ayala Malls cinemas

"And So It Goes" (Photo courtesy of Clarius Entertainment)

“And So It Goes” (Photo courtesy of Clarius Entertainment)

From acclaimed director Rob Reiner (The Bucket List, When Harry Met Sally) comes the uplifting comedy And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. The film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Sept. 24.

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‘Pudsey The Dog: The Movie’ is not for everyone

By Joanna Mendoza

Too cute for all that (Photo courtesy of Vertigo Films)

BGT’s Pudsey is too cute for his self-titled movie. (Photo courtesy of Vertigo Films)

The fact that I hadn’t heard much about Pudsey the Dog: The Movie by the time I had the chance to see it made me apprehensive about spending about 90 minutes of my life (and my husband’s… and our two sons’) watching it.

Still it was a chance for a family date, so I decided for all of us to go anyway. And before leaving for the screening, I did a little bit of research about the movie.

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Why ‘The Walking Dead’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

By Joanna Mendoza

Grossed out or not, I can't get enough of "The Walking Dead."

Grossed out or not, I can’t get enough of “The Walking Dead.”

A few days ago, I read a very interesting article on EW.com. It’s a TV Fight Club pitting The Walking Dead against Game of Thrones. I’ve always felt that Game of Thrones fans–at least those who are so hardcore that there’s just no room left in their pop-culture-loving hearts for another popular genre show–in some ways look down on Walking Dead fans and on the show itself.

I think that’s mighty unfair, but to each his own.

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Throwback Thursday: Robin Williams made me a very happy kid

By Joanna Mendoza

Time for a sobfest. Jack, starring Robin Williams, is one of my all-time favorite movies. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

Time for a sobfest. Jack, starring Robin Williams, is one of my all-time favorite movies. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

My childhood wouldn’t have been complete without Robin Williams. One of my top 5 favorite movies starred him as a 10-year-old trapped in a 40-year-old man’s body. And then, of course, there’s the Peter Pan and Genie of it all.

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‘Girl Meets World’ makes me cry on a weekly basis

By Joanna Mendoza

Rowan Blanchard and Ben Savage in a scene from the opening credits of "Girl Meets World."

Charmers new and old. Rowan Blanchard and Ben Savage in a scene from the opening credits of “Girl Meets World.”

Months before Girl Meets World was supposed to start, I decided to binge-watch Boy Meets World. I never finished it and I felt that Corrie et al were too special to simply be read about on Wikipedia.

I remember Cory (Ben Savage) and Shawn (Rider Strong) from when they were little, from the earlier episodes. I know the show went on until the characters had gone to college, but I don’t remember having seen any of those college eps. I don’t even remember them graduating high school. I think my siblings and I stopped watching Boy when the Disney Channel here stopped airing new episodes.

Come Boy marathon day, my husband picked a random ep from the latter seasons. In the episode, Eric was looking for a new place to stay because his roommate’s girlfriend was being a bitch. Actually, I don’t really know the nitty gritty of what was happening there; I just knew even then that you don’t kick Will Friedle out of your dorm room unless you’re insane.

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“What If”: A playful, humorous, charming rom-com

By Shelly Dalmacio

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Tuesdays are definitely loaded at work and employees always feel burned out. Well, that’s how we felt that Tuesday night. And what could possibly cheer us up after a long, tiring Tuesday at work?

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Fangirling at the Rurouni #KenshinManila premiere!

By Joanna Mendoza. Interview by Gina Tumlos

Cosplayers gamely posed for pics while waiting for the advanced screening for "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno."

Cosplayers gamely posed for pics while waiting for the advanced screening for “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.”

After director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh, Munetaka Aoki, and Emi Takei passed by my side of the red carpet, I went straight to the cinema where the premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno would be held to look for cosplayers to interview. As an aside, movie clubber and super Kenshin fan Gina Tumlos attended the premiere and got to watch Kyoto Inferno, and she loved it!

Going back to interviewing cosplayers…

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#KenshinManila: Watch the press con here!

By Gina Tumlos

'Rurouni Kenshin" director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh and Munetaka Aoki waving at their fans.

‘Rurouni Kenshin” director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh and Munetaka Aoki waving at their fans.

The Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (read our review!) press conference was held yesterday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Glorietta Activity Center. Fans of the movie, series and manga, started lining up as early at 8 a.m. and there were even participants that came from as far as Davao City and Pangasinan. To open the press conference, Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers, dancers, and samurai exhibitionists were invited to show off their ingenious costumes and dedication to the craft. The show’s host, Sam Oh, kept the crowd entertained while director Keishi Otomo and stars Takeru Satoh (Kenshin Himura) and Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara) made their way to the activity center.

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