August 20, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Entertainment (04/18/17)


Oprah Winfrey stars in HBO film on true story


IN 1951, a vibrant African-American woman was dying of cervical cancer at age 31. Under the bright lights of an operating room, surgeons harvested cells from her tumor that would prove to be astonishingly immortal and would change the face of medicine forever. Yet she, and any recognition of her involuntary donation, would long remain unknown. HBO Original Film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premieres on April 23 at 8 a.m. on HBO with a same day prime-time encore at 10:50 p.m. It will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO. The story is told through the eyes of Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) who is aided by journalist, Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne). Deborah sets out to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Henrietta’s (Renée Elise Goldsberry) cancerous cells led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, creating a medical revolution that changed countless lives. It’s a true story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people. The cast includes Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey, Rocky Carroll, Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Leslie Uggams. Directed by George C. Wolfe from a screenplay by Peter Landesman and Alexander Woo and Wolfe, the film is based on the book by science journalist Rebecca Skloot. Skloot spent 10 years researching the story behind the HeLa cells, trying to bring Lacks’s story to light. Her 2010 New York Times best-seller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, not only explains the scientific background of Lacks’s story, but follows her efforts to win the trust of the Lacks family and join Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, as they set out to discover the woman whose silent contribution changed the world.

iflix partners with AwesomenessTV


IFLIX has partnered with AwesomenessTV, a leading online destination for original programming serving the global Gen Z audience, to bring teen programming exclusively to iflix members in Southeast Asia. This month, iflix members in the Philippines can stream and download AwesomenessTV’s hit shows including Freakish, Sleep Tight, t@gged, Guidance, Runaways, Food Truck Fanatics, Betch, and LA Story. In addition, Cartoon Blastoff from DreamWorksTV will be available for the first time ever in the Philippines on iflix. AwesomenessTV creates new drama, comedy and entertainment series, and works with some of YouTube’s most successful content creators and celebrities including Liza Koshy (Freakish), Meg DeAngelis (Sleep Tight), Hayes Grier (Freakish), Chachi Gonzales (Guidance), and twins Veronica and Vanessa Merrell (Food Truck Fanatics). The AwesomenessTV lineup joins iflix’s extensive library of teen titles including Emerald City, The Magicians, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, The Flash, Faking It, Awkward, Meant To Be, and many more. Offering consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian regional, and local TV shows and movies including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever they want, whenever they want. For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content.

KathNiel film to screen in key countries worldwide


THE love team KathNiel, composed of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, returns to the silver screen in Star Cinema’s upcoming romantic movie entitled Can’t Help Falling In Love, which will screen in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies. Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar from a screenplay by Carmi Raymundo and Kristine Gabriel, Can’t Help Falling In Love is the follow-up film of Padilla and Bernardo after the success of Barcelona: A Love Untold last year. The lighthearted film centers abound a high-strung career woman whose well-planed life gets upside down when she discovers that she is already married to a total stranger. The film also stars Matteo Guidicelli, Cherry Pie Picache, Lito Pimentel, Lotlot de Leon, Dennis Padilla, and Joross Gamboa, with Janus del Prado, Kristel Fulgar, Pinky Amador, Johnny Revilla, Hannah Ledesma, Devon Seron, Chienna Filomeno, Earl Ignacio, Nina Dolino, Belle Mariano, and Clarence Delgado. It will be shown in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman on April 20; the US and Canada on April 21; the United Kingdom from April 22 to 23; Vienna, Austria on April 22; Rome and Milan, Italy on April 23; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain on April 23; Australia on April 27 and New Zealand on May 4; Papua New Guinea on April 27; Saipan on April 28; and Taiwan on May 14. There will soon be more screenings in more countries. The film will also have an advanced screening on April 19, 8 p.m. at Novo Cinema Festival City, in partnership with Gulf Film. For updates about the film, visit www.tfc-usa.com, www.tfc-ca.com or emea.kapamilya.com.